Sea Turtle Conservation

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Directly assist on conservation tasks to help endangered sea turtles such as the; Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle. Ensuring as many eggs and hatchlings survive their time on land.
Experience the rural Ghanaian way of life and it's laid back, friendly atmosphere. Perfect stepping stone for travel abroad, Ghana is often classed as Africa for beginners!
Beatiful beaches, tropical weather and cooling coastal breezes await you on our beach conservation project.
Make unforgettabe memories travelling with your fellow volunteers at weekends to places such as Mole Safari Park, Cape Coast Castle & Boti Waterfall.
Work alongside fellow international volunteers in a close group and make friends for life whilst having a direct impact on sea turtle populations.
Protect the sea turtle population along the Ghanaian coastline working on nesting sites and beach patrols whilst experiencing beautiful surroundings in your free time. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Join our new sea turtle conversation project and assist in protecting endangered sea turtle species such as the Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle. Take part in beach patrols to collect data on nesting sites and sea turtle activity, relocate eggs to specially constructed hatchery to protect the eggs during their at risk period, ensure hatchery is safe and secure to help increase hatching and population targets for these species.

Why this placement
Sea turtles are a key stone species which means they have a crucial influence on their environment and surrounding species. Unfortunately as globally experienced, sea turtle numbers declined due to accidental capture in fishing gear, hunted for their meat and habitat destruction due to climate change and human impact.  By assisting in data collection and conservation tasks we aim to play our part in the protection of eggs and hatchlings to protect population numbers as part of the global effort.

What is included
Support Staff - Accommodation - Airport Collection - Meals - House Utility Bills - Pre Departure Support

Support Staff - You will have both pre departure support from our head office team and then in country support at the project sites with you to ensure you have a smooth transition into a new culture and answer any queries you may have.

Accommodation - Living with your fellow volunteers and support team you will have the benefit of a tight knit family feel and always ensuring there is someone to chat to and plan your free time activities. For full information on the accommodation provided please see below in the dedicated part of the listing.

Airport Collection - Our airport collection driver will meet you at your arrival time at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and bring you directly to the volunteer accommodation.

Meals - You will be supplied with two meals per day, breakfast and lunch/dinner (depending on your shift allocation). A variety of local and western dishes will be supplied for you during the week so you will get to experience the whole range of Ghanaian cuisine. There are plenty of local street sellers and market places that you are able to purchase cheap snacks, fruit or street meals for your third meal of the day.

How do I get to the placement
Depending on your team allocation and location assigned you may be a short distance to the beach that requires patrolling on that shift. You have the option to walk, cycle or take a short shared taxi ride depending on the distance.

What will I be doing
The core pillars of the conservation project at this time are; Beach Patrols, Hatchery Supervision & Data Collection.

Beach Patrols - Through the night you will be allocated a shift and beach stretch where you will monitor the beach looking for signs of nesting, during this shift you will log your miles and stretch of beach patrolled. Upon finding a nest, depending on location we would aim to transport these safely to the dedicated hatchery to increase their chance of survival and protect them from outside threats. Upon spotting sea turtles you will be responsible for logging the details for ongoing monitoring such as photograph, verifying species, approximate size, location etc.

Hatchery Supervision - When assigned on hatchery duties you will be supervising the location to ensure a safe environment away from any threats such as dogs or birds etc and making any necessary fence repairs or fixes.

Data Collection - Processing the data collected by the beach patrol teams or from your previous night shift, ensuring this is processed in a clear and accurate manner to share with our conservation partners both in Ghana and overseas.

Depending on volunteer team numbers and workload we also aim to run community awareness schemes to highlight the importance of sea turtles and their impact, tagging of adult sea turtles caught by fishermen and ensuring their safe return to the ocean and then providing this tagging information to worldwide organisations to assist in the tracking and monitoring of adult populations and establishing a fishing exchange where fishermen who have caught sea turtles as by catch can turn over the sea turtle to us for a fixed fee or item to prevent it being sold to traders for meat etc.

Who will I be working with
Depending on the numbers of volunteers at a time we aim to group volunteers into couples or small groups especially at the start of your trip until you complete the training and feel comfortable, however there may be periods of time further down the line where this is not possible due to the amount of beach to be covered during the patrols for example.
Our support team will always be closeby between the project sites or accommodation should you need any further support or assistance when in country.

Typical day

  • 7am - 9am - Breakfast
  • 9am - 12pm - Group tasks (Hatchery Supervision and Repairs, Community Awareness, Data Collection, Fishing Catch Monitoring) or rest time after night shift.
  • 12pm - 2pm - Lunch
  • 2pm - 5pm - Group tasks (Hatchery Supervision and Repairs, Community Awareness, Data Processing, Fishing Catch Monitoring) or rest time after night shift.
  • 6pm - 8pm Dinner
  • 8pm - 1am - First shift of beach monitoring for nesting sites and turtle data collection
  • 1am - 6am - Secod shift of beach monitoring for nesting sites and turtle data collection

Free-time activities

Mid Week Free Time

After school and evenings offer these local opportunities around the local area:

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Sightseeing (Waterfalls and breathtaking scenery)
  • After school & Homework Clubs
  • Sports facilities
  • Live Music
  • Plenty of Nightlife
  • Restaurants & Hotels providing western cuisine

Weekend Free Time

Most volunteers will travel at weekends, across Ghana we have many amazing experiences which you can discover. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Safari
  • Museums
  • Slave Castles
  • Canopy Walk
  • Waterfalls
  • Malls and Cinemas (Showing latest films)
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Surfing

We are on hand to offer any advice that you might need.

Water Sports


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 (basic level)
Required Documents
CV / Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Strong level of stamina and fitness will be useful for long beach patrols.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Atlas Volunteers
Breakdown of Fees
Your placement fees will cover your initial registration and pre departure admin support, airport collection, orientation and training, shared accommodation, accommodation utility bills and two meals per day.

Please note that the fee at time of application is indicative. The actual fee may vary depending on the number of volunteers, supplies changing in costs and location of beaches assigned by the local authorities. The final price will be communicated to you as part of your pre departure documentation and guidance.
Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
Airport Pickup
Our experienced airport collection driver will meet you outside the arrivals hall and will be holding a sign with your name along with their organisation ID.
From this point you can stop for a bottle of water or loo break and then set off on the journey from the airport to the volunteer accommodation and project sites.
Volunteers will always share with fellow volunteers on the team as well as their support team supervisor. The utilities you will use are covered part of your fees such as water, cooking gas and electricity.

Depending on your team assignment you will live in shared volunteer housing a small distance away from the beach, it's supplied with basic kitchen equipment and shared areas such as living room to relax on your off time.

Sometimes it may be necessary to be assigned into camping facilities on the beach due to the distance of the hatcheries and beaches to be patrolled depending on the assignments and times of year. In this case we will aim to provide similar living facilities as the housing however you may need to be willing for an adventure and strip down to basics.
Dorm Room Camping
Food & Beverages
Food & Drink
You will be supplied with two meals a day, this will be breakfast and either lunch or dinner depending on your shift assignments for beach patrols.

Breakfast will be meals such as scrambled eggs, toast, porridge, cereal, fruit platter, waakye, rice pudding and hot drinks.

Lunch/Dinner will usually be heavier meals such as rice, pastas, salads, omelettes, noodles as well as local cuisine to experience the taste of Ghana such as Jollof rice, Ampesi (Yam and Plantain), Redred, Kelewele, Fufu, Banku, Omotuo, Yam chips and plenty of delicious soups.

Vegetarian and Vegan meal plans available.
Internet Access
Limited 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 Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
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 Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

- Sea turtle nesting season in Ghana is between September - March so the project is only available within these months.

 - You are able to arrive any time of day and any flight, our airport collections driver will collect you from Kotoka International Airport in Accra and bring you to the the volunteer accommodation.

- Ideally we prefer for volunteers to arrive the first week of the month. Between the 1st - 7th each month.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 28 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
28 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$157 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Atlas Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Atlas Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sea Turtle Conservation

Protect the sea turtle population along the Ghanaian coastline working on nesting sites and beach patrols whilst experiencing beautiful surroundings in your free time.


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