English Teacher and Turtle Conservation Supporter

Non-profit
Tartarukus
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Coordinator | Beatriz
Coordinator | Beatriz
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High­lights

It is possible to experience one of the most amazing spectacles worldwide: thousands of sea turtles nesting at the same time along the beach in a phenomenom called arribada.
You will live with a family who will give you their traditional food and will show you a different way of living, to have a happy life with simple and essential things.
Surronding by nature, you will live without stress, just feeling the moment, being influenced by the moon and living an easy life.
People from the coast are the best for making you laugh. They will make a joke for everything and you won't be able to stop laughing
You will be part of an important proccess in the growth of the children by supporting them to learn english, giving them values and strengthen the environmental brigades to take action.
Support the community to strengthen ecotourism from protecting turtles, to empowering children, to protecting nature and to teaching English. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Escobilla beach Sanctuary is considered the most important Natural Protected Area worldwide for the survival of the olive ridley sea turtle (Lepydochelis olivacea), where the maximum number of nesting was registered in the world: more than 2 million turtles. The arribada phenomenon is possible to experience June to March. There are also nesting of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest turtle on the planet, and black or green turtles (Chelonia mydas).

In this community, after the efforts of Centro Ecoturístico Escobilla to promote this Sanctuary as an ecotouristic destination, many people in the community became empowered to be a certified guide and to work in groups for the conservation of the Sanctuary instead of exploiting sea turtle nests to sell  them in the illegal market.
The volunteering is focused on:
  •  English lessons to teenagers and local guides 3 times / week
  •  Patrolling at night in the beach with local guides 3 times / week
  •  Developing environmental actions with our young environmental brigades 1 time / week
  •  Supporting local groups in promoting their work creating audiovisual material, posting it through social networks and internet, and connecting their services with potential partners
  • Sharing time with your new local family, learning to do typical food and supporting in the maintenance of your new home
  • Create ideas to improve the conservation activities, ecotourism services, find ways to make Escobilla more sustainable though entrepreneurship initiatives inside the village. There are many people who need your motivation and knowledge to improve their initiatives.

Typical day

It's eleven PM, the sky is full of stars and you are waiting for a turtle to lay their eggs with your local guide, who is showing you the true beauty of the beach during the night. You are able to see the whole nesting process, thinking how privileged you are. Sometimes, you will want to protect all the turtles that are nesting from poachers, that many times will be impossible because they are so many, but you have to think that at least thanks to you, many would be protected.

After two or three hours of patrolling, you come back home walking on the beach, tired but satisfied for your hard work (although there are nights that turtles don't like to nest and maybe you just enjoyed the walk). After a quick shower, you just relax and sleep.
The next morning, the sun will wake you up, you will have your morning to enjoy a coffee, to help your family to clean the kitchen and to check some ideas to implement in your english or environmental lessons with teenagers or local guides.

During the evening, you will have a english lesson of 1 hour and a half, you will have to be creative for them to understand you, because they are beginners in the english. But don't worry, they say that the best way to learn a language is without any translation, using pictures or mimics.

That night you are able to rest, since the next morning, there are possibilities to have to help baby sea turtles that are nesting in their natural habitat to reach the sea, protecting them from dogs and vultures.

Free-time activities

There are many activities and places to visit during free days. We will have two following days per week. So check some nice places before your arrival.

Close to Escobilla Project:

  • Huatulco. It’s a city full of wonderfull things: coral reefs, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, a national park, … It is a place full of possibilities, with many professional tour agencies
  •  Mazunte, certificated as pueblo mágico is full of life, in the mornings it is possible to do tours to see dolphins, whales, rays, etc.
  • Tours in Manialtepec, during the night is posible to see bioluminiscence. It’s like the water is shining! They also offer riding tours.
  • Puerto Escondido, a surfer city, full of travellers people who loves meditation and yoga, … It is a coastal city with a lot of beautiful beaches: Zicatela, Carrizalillo, Bacocho, etc.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate english, marketing, design, art, sciences, environment, education, ...
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Tartarukus
With your economical support, you are part of making possible that the community can live from protecting the turtle, instead of exploiting it.
With your support, your host family, who works for the conservation of sea turtles, will be able to have a better source of income, reminding them the importance of their conservation work. They will provide you accommodation and food.
On the other hand, you will be part and funder of one environmental workshop with our environmental brigades every week, making possible that they empower themselves to change their community and to protect nature.
You will have a coordinator that will pick you up from the airport and who will guide you in your activities, who will help you to have a better understanding of your activities during the week. She doesn't speak very good english, as well as the rest of the community, so get ready to learn Spanish! But don't worry, if you are facing so many problems with the communication, there is a person who can help you close by, you will have her number and she can visit you anytime that you need :)
So, with your contribution you will be provided of:
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation and food. If you are vegan or vegetarian, or you have any allergies, sometimes you will have to make your own food, since you will eat what your family is eating.
  • Two coordinators one in the field, and other close by to whom you can count with translations and some activities if needed.

After paying the reservation through Volunteer World, the best way to make your economical contribution is Mexican pesos in your arrival date. If you would like to do the payment by bank transfer in euros, is also possible, but it will be 10% more because of currency exchange and bank commissions.
Airport Pickup at Puerto Escondido Airport

We can pick you up in Puerto Escondido airport or bus station :) from 9.00 am to 15.00

Accommodation
The place where you live will be some rooms prepared for visitors. The owners are people from the community who works in the conservation of sea turtles. You will cook and live with them.
The rooms can be shared between two or three volunteers. Usually, they have two double beds per room.
Bedroom (Double) Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your host family will provide you: 
  • Breakfast: a coffee or tea with a bread or fruit.
  • Lunch and dinner: These meals will be the same as they eat, usually they are typical oaxacan food (entomatadas, quesadillas, soups, pozole, fish, black beans, rice, eggs,...)
If you are vegetarian or vegan, you will have the possibility to cook your own food, but you will have to buy the things that you would like to prepare.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM) in Puerto Escondido. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

You will be very welcome from Monday to Saturday any week of the year!

We can pick you up from Puerto Escondido airport or bus station to accompany you to your new home in public transport, for you to get used to this new environment.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 10 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$614
3 weeks
$1,174
4 weeks
$1,776
5 weeks
$2,378
10 weeks (max. stay)
$2,809
Average fees
$294 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Tartarukus will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Tartarukus during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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English Teacher and Turtle Conservation Supporter

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