Local Sea Turtle Conservation

founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Evelin
Coordinator | Evelin
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Have direct contact with nature, helping to conserve the local ecosystem.
Providing a positive impact on the community and population.
You gain experience, improve your CV and strengthen your skills.
You live with people from different cultures and traditions.
Collaborate in the collection of scientific data on an endangered species.
The Sea Turtle Conservation project seeks to sensitize the inhabitants of the coastal communities about the importance of environmental conservation and sea turtle. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Sea Turtle Conservation project seeks to sensitize residents of coastal communities on the issue of environmental conservation and sea turtles, in addition to teaching and guiding new professionals in scientific research, conservation and protection of endangered species. of extinction, and on the important role of sea turtles.

When we started with the initiative of La escuelita, to give school support to children with the greatest educational difficulties, we entered a world unknown to us, but which became a challenge in terms of environmental education and endangered species.

In Punta Chame, conservation, research, awareness and environmental education activities are combined in order to promote sustainable and adequate use focused on sea turtles.

There are records that 1 of the 7 species of sea turtles in the world nest: the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea). The months of maximum turtle nesting occur from July to January.

The sustainability of the project depends on the participation of volunteers, which is why we have been creating environmental spaces in the town of Punta Chame. These spaces are available for people who have the desire and enthusiasm to join us in this experience for 2 weeks.

The contributions received are destined to the development of the projects, donations, lodging and feeding of the volunteers and the constant creation of new projects that benefit the development of the beneficiary towns.

Volunteer Profile

  • Love and respect nature
  • Maintain proper behavior during the volunteer period and maintain good communication with program staff and people from the community who participate in program activities.
  • Be willing to support turtle monitoring work on the beach (outdoors), taking into account that difficult weather conditions occur during the peak nesting season.
  • Be in optimal health conditions to be able to adequately carry out the activities of the program.
  • Possess good physical conditions, since during the tours they probably had to walk long distances on wet places and loose sand.

  • Willingness to get involved in sea turtle protection and conservation activities.
  • Be patient, because the nesting of sea turtles is a natural process that is not under our control, which is why, at times, it is not very predictable.
  • Willingness to accompany tours carried out in shifts during the night (beach monitoring activities are carried out between 8 pm and 6 am depending on the season, tide and the number of turtles nesting each night).
  • It is not a requirement to have previous experience in handling sea turtles.
  • The necessary explanations will be given during the first day of the activity and, if necessary, during the following days, as far as possible talks are offered to the volunteers.
  • Availability of minimum time 1 week.


  • Be of legal age
  • Make video calls
  • Required to read and sign a volunteer form, declaration and agreement
  • Send requested documentation:
    • Copy of passport
    • Travel insurance with civil liability and accident

Tasks in which the volunteer supports

The local team will be supported in the protection of sea turtles through the following actions:

  • Night and day monitoring of the beach where the project is developed.
  • Relocation of nests to hatcheries.
  • Collection of biometric data of the turtles that spawn.
  • Relocation of nests on the same beach.
  • Release of newly hatched turtles (newly hatched). Exhumation of nests and data collection. (when is calving season)
  • Help obtain a reliable database.
  • Participate in nursery construction and maintenance work.
  • Carry out educational activities on the environment with the students of the Punta Chame school and surrounding areas.

Typical day

  • 7:00 to 12:00 noon: In this space, the volunteer supports the tasks and activities that are carried out during the day. These are usually cleaning and maintenance of the place. Also in the hatching season, the releases and information gathering of sea turtles and nests are carried out.
  • 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.: Patrols begin at this time; volunteer departure times vary according to the tides.

Free-time activities

San Blas Islands

Considered the most beautiful islands in all of Latin America.  Visitors choose them for their crystal clear waters and white sand.  These islands are 3 hours from Panama City.  

Bocas del Toro

It is very close to the Costa Rican border. On its beaches you can regularly go surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, enjoy the sun and the nightlife among many other activities.  

Santa Catalina-Santiago Beach

It is a small coastal town, during the day you can go to the beach and go surfing.  You can also book an excursion to Coiba Island. 

Portobello and Mamey Island-Colón

This beautiful and historic place located in the Caribbean area can be visited in a weekend.   

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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Passport and Travel insurance with civil liability and accident
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Available for other activities
Observation skills
Intermediate level of Spanish
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 18:00 - 12:00

What's Included

Services by La Escuelita

  • Accommodation in a volunteer house with other volunteers.
  • Project presentation.
  • Team support from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00.
  • Weekly monitoring and evaluation meeting.
  • Certificate of participation.


The volunteer will live in a house that is located in the center of the town of Punta Chame. It is located 20 minutes walking from where the project is developed (beach)

House layout

  • Rooms with fans.
  • Kitchen for common use.
  • Bathroom area: There is no hot water.
  • Rest area.
  • Garden and relaxation area (summer 2023).
  • Laundry area for hand washing.
  • Order and cleanliness of accommodation.

In sea turtle conservation projects there are usually more than 5 at a time, the support of volunteers is requested to maintain the accommodations in adequate clean conditions.

In this way, we take care of the space, respect coexistence and create a moment to share and get to know each other better.

Bedroom (Single)
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Panama.
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 Panama provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Panama you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Panama.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Joining the project and arrival in the country: Arrival at the volunteer house on Sundays and start of volunteer activities on Mondays.

At the moment of contacting us, you will be sent a guide with the indications from the arrival at the Tocumen airport in Panama City to the recommendations on how to get to Punta Chame.the document is called; ARRIVAL GUIDES\ARRIVAL GUIDE TO PANAMA AND HOW TO GO TO YOUR VOLUNTEER IN PUNTA CHAME.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$210 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. La Escuelita 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 La Escuelita during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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