Sea Turtles in Panama

gegründet 2017
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Koordinator | Sergio
Koordinator | Sergio
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Create a more sustainable environment for Sea Turtles, so that they can recover as a species.
Improve and gain valuable first-hand knowledge in biology such as nesting beach monitoring, scientific data collection and turtle nesting habits.
Practise your Spanish and learn more about Panama's culture by being around locals
Encourage social responsibility within these communities.
Enjoy some of the interesting and beautiful things Panama has to offer: tropical beaches, beautiful landscapes, a very rich and unique culture...
Help local turtle populations prosper by spreading awareness about them in nearby communities, protecting them, and creating an adequate environment for them to exist in. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

Sea turtles are currently facing great threats in the coasts of the Pacific Ocean right now: poaching, pollution, lack of available mating partners, among others. The main objective of this project is diminishing the impact of all of those threats through many activities volunteers perform, so that the different endangered Sea Turtle species that nest in this area will be able to sustainably keep on existing in the area. This project is supported by volunteers, local students and residents, and biologists. 

This project is an extremely valuable and enriching experience to any volunteers because it allows them to directly collaborate with the survival of many endangered species, while also acquiring first-hand scientific knowledge, such as turtle nesting habits, scientific data collection methods, identifying different turtle species, among many others. Additionally, you will have the unique chance of immersing yourself in the local Panamanian culture found in the communities you will be staying at. 

In the Pacific coast of Panama, turtles tend to nest from mid-June until February. The turtles that nest at this site are:

  • Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea)
  • Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)
  • Green or black Turtles (Chelonia mydas)
  • Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys olivacea)

This is a particularly important nesting site, as four out of the seven known species of Marine Turtles nest in this area.

As a volunteer, you will be guided by a biologist working as a coordinator during the project; you may expect to perform tasks such as:  preparing sand for nurseries, protect female turtles while they lay their eggs, measure turtles, identify the type of turtle species, relocate eggs into the nursery, follow up and take care of eggs within the nursery, release any turtles that hatch to the beach, patrolling nesting areas at night (usually between 22:00 and 00:00), give maintenance to areas where the project is developed (beaches, nursery stations..), giving workshops at local schools and to the general community about the importance of caring for the environment and turtles, among many other tasks that may arise based on specific needs that may arise.


Este proyecto de voluntariado se desarrolla en la provincia de Veraguas, a unas seis horas de la capital, ciudad de Panamá. 
Los voluntarios trabajan toda la semana (de lunes a domingo). 

  • El día típico de un voluntario generalmente comienza a las 9:00, donde pueden realizar diversas tareas de mantenimiento, limpieza y talleres dentro de la comunidad. Pueden surgir muchas otras tareas específicas de las condiciones de anidación actuales. 

Por la noche, los voluntarios también pueden esperar trabajar en patrullas nocturnas de los sitios de anidación; estas patrullas suelen tener lugar entre las 22:00 y las 00:00 dependiendo de la marea. 


A rich cultural heritage, beautiful mountains, tropical beaches, historical monuments, and a bustling capital city —Panama has it all, directly within your reach to discover while you volunteer in this exciting country. Panama is a rather small country with a high density of remarkable and memorable locations, which is something you can completely take advantage of, through cheap and accessible transportation, ease of visiting, and a welcoming people. 

Some of the sites most enjoyed by our volunteers are: 
  • Panama city: a modern and bustling city, it's a city that may offer you both big malls and modern architecture, as well as the scenic old city (in Casco Viejo), old monuments (such as the Panamá Viejo colonial area), a natural park filled with sloths and ñeques in the middle of the city (Parque Metropolitano), plenty of museums and seaside spots (such as the Amador area). In the city you can also go visit and discover first-hand how the Panama Canal works. 
  • Portobelo: a city in the Colón province, it has history that dates centuries back to the colonial era, some very picturesque traditions such as the yearly Cristo Negro festival, and it has direct access to beautiful Caribbean beaches and tropical islands (most famous is Isla Grande). 
  • Bocas del Toro: A province in the northwest of Panama, near Costa Rica; its archipelagos and beaches are very famous among tourists, as they provide near pristine sands, near transparent water, a lot of wildlife you can see in some of its islands, and activities such as partying, scuba, or just swimming in the beach.
  • Guna Yala: An indigenous region, it has 365 islands which all have a fair share of white sand and crystal clear water. The Guna people that inhabit this region have a culture that is very tied in to the Ocean and to life in these islands, so coming here will not only allow you to enjoy the beautiful and picturesque beaches on these islands (each island having something particular, such as Isla Estrella, an island filled with Sea Stars or Isla Perro, an island filled with corals and fish), but also to appreciate a unique culture tied to life in these islands.
  • Valle de Antón: A very famous valley with cool weather and lots of nature, you can go hike the famous mountain of La India Dormida (the sleeping indian woman, tied to a well-known local legend), see lots of native flora and fauna, and also enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • Boquete: Located in the Chiriquí province and known as the "Switzerland of America", it's a small yet very beautiful city in the middle of the mountain, known for its tasty coffee, colourful yearly flower festival (although flowers are an important part of the city any time of year), scenic trekking routes, and all the nature around the city.



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Grundkenntnisse)
auf Niveau
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Volunteers must be respectful of nature, of the rules at the project (no smoking, no drinking), open to learning, and passionate about helping turtles.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von Adventure Volunteer
Your fees cover the following:
  • Airport pickup and transfer to the volunteer’s home
  • Accommodation during your volunteering
  • 3 meals during the course of your volunteer program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Orientation and induction to the program
  • Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
  • Accident insurance during your volunteering
  • Civil liability for your activity
  • Receipt from NGO about your program fee
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of program
Abholung vom Flughafen Tocumen International Airport
Los voluntarios serán recogidos en el aeropuerto entre las 9:00 y las 21:00. Si el voluntario llega fuera de este horario, es posible que deba cubrir algunas tarifas adicionales.

Volunteers will stay at a house that has common amenities such as a washing area, a kitchen, bathrooms, and others all available for volunteers to use. Volunteers will be sharing rooms with other volunteers and using bunk beds. 

The house has internet at certain times of day.
Additionally, certain house rules must be followed by all volunteers, such as:
  • The consumption of drugs and alcohol is not allowed.
  • Smoking is not allowed.
  • Don't throw garbage away.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the bedrooms and the shared areas.
  • Take care of the utensils used.
  • Be respectful towards other volunteers, staff members, visitors, and locals.
  • Inform those in charge if you will be away from the project premises.
  • Swimming in the beach is forbidden during the project.


Your program fees include three meals a day, although they don't cover any additional beverages. 

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Panama zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Panama bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Panama antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Panama überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

This project is open on the nesting dates of the various turtles that come to the area, that is from mid June until the end of February. That being said, volunteers must arrive on  on either a Friday, a Saturday, or a Sunday, as this makes their induction into the program easier
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
1 - 12 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
2 Wochen
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
6 Wochen
8 Wochen
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$431 /Woche

Die Organisation berechnet ihre Gebühren in EUR. Die Preistabelle in USD unterliegt Währungsschwankungen. Adventure Volunteer wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
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Restzahlung (85%)
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