Sea Turtles and Artisanal Fisheries Monitoring

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founded in 2010
Caminho Marinho
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Coordinator | Gustavo
Coordinator | Gustavo
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High­lights

You will have direct contact with the wildlife in Brazil in the search for sea turtles in their habitat and captures of them in the water as well as monitoring their interactions with fisherman
Also you will discover the natural beauty of the region and its marine animals, including dolphins and whales (july to december).
Be able to experience the Brazilian way of life and immerse yourself in its culture.
Promote environmental education amongst the locals and build friendships with volunteers from around the world.
Learn and develop the different techniques for sea turtle research and live a greener life which we promote and apply as a group.
Discover different beaches in Santa Catarina (Laguna, Imbituba and Garopaba cities) looking for sea turtles by sigthing points and visiting fisheries coastal communities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Praia de Itapirubá, Imbituba city, Santa Catarina, presents a beautiful Brazilian landscape of sandy beach and rocky shore, a diversity of coastal and marine species and a welcoming traditional community of artisanal fishermen - perfect setting for an area of ​​aggregation and rest for juveniles from green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).

Since 2010, Projeto Caminho Marinho has been developing conservation and research activities on sea turtles and artisanal fishing in the region. The results of monitoring artisanal fishing influenced the alteration of fishing gear that contributed to the increase in the abundance of sea turtles at Praia de Itapirubá, where a high fidelity by green turtles is recorded.

To assess the long-term abundance of sea turtles, their interaction with the different fishing arts operating in the region and provide this practical experience, the Volunteer Program was designed. Volunteers will be part of the data collection through fixed-point sighting, monitoring the activity of artisanal fishermen in addition to collaborating with different researches through biometrics, epibionts collection, blood and skin sampling, among others.

Typical day

DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES

Volunteers/ leave the base to start activities between 8:00am, return for lunch around 12:00pm, returning activities from 2:00pm until 5pm. Generally the activity days are from Monday to Friday, which include the following activities:

  • Departure from the field to view from the fixed point;
  • Field trip to monitor the artisanal fishing;
  • Monitoring of sea turtle management;
  • Educational activities in schools;
  • Educational activities on the beach;
  • Care of the Base as organization, cleaning and preparation of collective food. 

During a period of 5-7 days a month, research efforts focus on the intentional capture of green turtles, for the purpose of biometrics, tagging, animal health assessment and collection of different biological samples.

Field work will be limited by climatic conditions and complementary activities with communities, meetings or other types of tasks may be carried out.

Free-time activities

The southern coast of Santa Catarina is one of the most beautiful in Brazil and visiting its beaches is the main attraction on free days. 

Especially from July to December, when right whales visit the coast with their young or to give birth to baby whales.

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking

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) or Portuguese (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
interest in learning, care for the environment and enthusiastic about volunteering
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Caminho Marinho
The fee includes basic accommodation (shared room), basic food during the stay (3 meals), transportation to technical activities on other beaches, technical support and certificate of participation.
Individual room (single) or hotel accommodation can be supported by Caminho Marinho with the additional costs of the responsibility of the interested volunteer.
As we are far from the nearest airport, we do not pick up volunteers at the airport or bus station. However, we offer full support with partners so that transport between airport and base is safe and comfortable, with costs being paid by the volunteer directly to the service providers.
Accommodation
The volunteers' house is a good house with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen and living room, barbacue area, internet wifi free acess, 100 meters from the beach, overlooking the sea in a condominium with a volleyball and soccer court for the volunteers to enjoy. It has a microwave, washing machine, TV and stereo. Rooms are shared by up to four volunteers per room. 
The volunteers' house is also the base of the Caminho Marinho, being the smallest practical scale for managing an environment (oikos = ecos = house). That's why everyone works collectively for the functioning of the entire house, seeking to prepare food with organic foods from the garden and total separation of waste (compostable organics, non-compostable organics, plastic, cans, other metals, paper, glass, batteries and lamps in addition to unavoidable disposal materials).
Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are responsible for preparing three basic meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with local products following Brazilian cuisine and those present at the base. 
Breakfast includes bread, cheese, margarine, tapioca, jam, coffee and tea.
Lunch can be something light to support field activities such as a snack or pasta. Dinner (or when possible lunch) consists of rice, beans (Brazilian tradition), eggs, salad and some type of cooked vegetable. The culture of reducing meat consumption is respected, with meat being included in the menu at special events. 
Drinks are not included but the consumption of non-alcoholic beverages is allowed throughout the day and alcoholic beverages are allowed after the end of individual obligations.


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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hercilio Luz International Airport (FLN) in Florianopolis. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
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 Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The Caminho Marinho in Santa Catarina is located 150 km from Florianópolis, on Itapirubá Beach, Imbituba, where it develops research and conservation activities throughout the year, adapted to each season of the year and its peculiarities, reducing its activities during the end of the year holidays (December 18th to January 2).

Summer (December to April) is a period of high temperatures, strong sun and many tourists following the sea turtle monitoring activities and providing environmental education activities. From May to July, the activities of artisanal fishing and beach trawling are a spectacle on their own, when our team monitors the activity and registers the animals that are caught in the fishing, from one to 40 green turtles per net set (set net ), all alive, which are released back into the sea after carrying out the technical procedures.

From August to November, attention is divided between sea turtles, anchovy fishing and the arrival of right whales that use the area for reproduction and nursery.

In view of the multiple activities proposed by the Caminho Marinho, we recommend that the volunteer stay at least a month in order to participate in the main research and conservation activities proposed by the Project.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 28 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$680
3 weeks
$900
4 weeks
$1,120
5 weeks
$1,300
6 weeks
$1,500
7 weeks
$1,680
8 weeks
$1,880
9 weeks
$2,115
10 weeks
$2,300
11 weeks
$2,475
12 weeks
$2,700
13 weeks
$2,900
19 weeks
$4,193
28 weeks (max. stay)
$6,169
Average fees
$280 /week

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

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Sea Turtles and Artisanal Fisheries Monitoring

Discover different beaches in Santa Catarina (Laguna, Imbituba and Garopaba cities) looking for sea turtles by sigthing points and visiting fisheries coastal communities.

$280/week

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