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Turtle Camp Program Mexico



We were founded in 1993, to monitor the impact of development on the regional ecosystems. Our mission is to help create a model for sustainable tourism development in the Mexican Caribbean, through research, education and outreach. We accomplish our mission thanks to the support of people who share their time or money for our project goals. Sinc […]

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Dates of program:
Early May through to mid October every year

Duration of program:
4 weeks minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 21+

Volunteers pay US$276 for 4 weeks which covers accommodation, training, orientation, research support and guidance, equipment and tools, and volunteer t-shirt. Volunteers cover the cost of meals.

Other information:
Besides your personal belongings, those volunteering with the Turtle Camp are asked to bring: personal red flashlight or headlamp; comfortable shoes and clothes suited to the climate/conditions; light rain coat; hat, sun shirt, sunscreen (reef-safe); breathable, light-weight clothing; reusable/refillable water bottle; a small backpack for evening field work.


Turtle Camp Program
"Mi experiencia fue muy buena en el Centro Ecol?gico Akumal ya que como Bi?loga me interesa realmente aportar ayuda en programas de conservaci?n, debido a que es el ?rea de estudio de mi inter?s. El programa es muy bueno y siempre teniendo como objetivo principal realizar un buen manejo con las especies de tortugas marinas sin perturbarlas o da?arlas. Tambi?n debo mencionar que las instalaciones del CEA son excelentes. La ?nica sugerencia que hago, es tener una mejor organizaci?n y apoyo al programa de tortugas porque trabajar sin una persona encargada es un poco complicado, tambi?n creo que es necesario dar una capacitaci?n previa a los voluntarios antes de salir a campo."- Georgina Barragan
Amazing Experience in Akumal!
"I volunteered for the past five months here and enjoyed every minute of it. They do such great work helping to protect our marine life and educate the public on ways to preserve it for future generations. The team there is very welcoming and allowed me to help in several different ways that put my skill set to use in supporting their mission. My background is in marketing and TV production, so in addition to helping with projects like the coral reef restoration, I was also able to work on videos for them and assist with events like the Festival de Tortuga. Everyone there made me feel like part of the team, and I would highly recommend volunteering there."- Nikki Bonner

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