Sea Turtle Protecter

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Learn more about the fragile marine eco system
Help to protect animals in danger of extinction
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and dream beaches
Open your horizon while making a life changing experience
Become a volunteer in Panama and help to protect endangered Sea Turtles that nest on the beautiful beaches of the country's Pacific Coast. Commit your time to a good deed This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
When volunteering in the animal welfare project in Panama you support the protection of marine wildlife. The project's mission is the preservation of the natural habitat of sea turtles in the beautiful Veraguas province. The volunteer project is situated in a protected area that was established by the government in 2008. The nature conservation program includes several beaches and lush vegetation on land. 

The region is home to one of the most important breeding sites for sea turtles at the Pacific Coast in Panama. On the beaches of the reserve you can observe four different sea turtle species. The most common species is the ridley turtle. In addition, the hawksbill sea turtle, the green sea turtle and the leatherback turtle come to lay their eggs on the beaches of the reserve.

The aim of the project is to protect the endangered sea turtle species. In addition to protecting the egg-laying sites, a very important part of the work is contributed to environmental education efforts with local communities. Greater awareness must be achieved in regards to the preservation and protection of these unique animals and their habitat.

Typical day

Your volunteer work beginns with a short introduction so that you learn more about the mission of the conservation project and the most important facts about sea turtles and their natural habitat.

The volunteer project runs from May to February which is more or less the nesting season of the sea turtles at the beaches on the Pacific Coast in Panama. Volunteers who arrive in May help with the construction of breeding grounds and the cleaning of the beach and the surrounding areas. From around June, the patrols on the beaches start in order to observe turtles as they lay their eggs. 

During June to February the main tasks for the volunteers is to monitor the sea turtle species that come to the beaches. Volunteers and local staff observe and register their habits and behavior as well as the amount of eggs. The main egg-laying season is from June to the end of December, with the high season being August to September. 

In order to assure the growth of the sea turtle population in the Pacific Ocean, a part of the sea turtles eggs needs to be protected from natural predators and illegal theft by humans as turtle eggs are traded as delicacies. So, some of the turtle eggs are collected by the volunteers and kept in incubators. The hatching period is about 45-60 days. Afterwards, the very cute baby turtles are released into their natural habitat, the Pacific Ocean.

During the high season volunteers mainly start to work in the afternoon, since beach patrols take place after dark. Volunteer always go in groups, never alone. During the day, the volunteers help with environmental education projects for the residents of the region. Also, volunteers need to monitor the nests on the beach and collect washed up rubbish on the beaches in order to keep the nesting grounds of the sea turtles clean.

We would like to point out that mother nature is unpredictable and we cannot give any guarantee about the number of sea turtles for a certain period of participation.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as the number of volunteers, time of year, weather, current needs of the project and self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

The region invites to explore both the Pacific coast and the Caribbean coast, to admire majestic mountains, to get to know the impressive biodiversity, swim under imposing waterfalls, visit historical sites and, last but not least, relax on dream beaches with fine white sand. The warmth of the people is the perfect addition to this great program.

Panama's capital, Panama City, with its skyscrapers and modern buildings is around 6 hours away by car.

From a tourist point of view, Panama is still rather unknown, but for no reason. The country has an incredible amount to offer in terms of landscape, history and culture - breathtaking nature, diverse flora and fauna, fantastic national parks, an active culture of the indigenous population, sports facilities on water and on land as well as the world-famous Panama Canal in the heart of the pulsating metropolis Panama City - just to mention a few of the attractions that Panama has to offer.
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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Application Form and Volunteer Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
Our volunteer project Sea Turtle Conversation in Panama includes:

  • Shared room in Volunteer House
  • Full board
  • Airport pick-up Panama City*
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Panama
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • Handbook Panama
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation
*The cost for the bus trip from Panama City to the town of Santiago in the province of Veraguas is included. From Santiago volunteers need to take private transportation to the project site (to be paid on site).
Airport Pickup at Tocumen International Airport

*Note: Airport pick-up includes one or two nights in Panama City. Arrival should be on a Saturday or Sunday between 8 am and 8 pm. Otherwise a surcharge may be required (to be paid on site).

You will live in the Volunteer House on the ground of the natural reserve with access to the Pacific ocean. There are shared rooms with bunk beds as well as shared bathrooms. Further there is a kitchen and a common area. The volunteer house is simple but yet cozy. It can accommodate up to 10 volunteers.

The accommodations have electricity, which should, however, be used very sparingly. Three meals a day are included.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Full Board is included
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 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

Between May and February. Arrival to Panama should be on a Saturday or Sunday.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$363 /week

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

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Become a volunteer in Panama and help to protect endangered Sea Turtles that nest on the beautiful beaches of the country's Pacific Coast. Commit your time to a good deed


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