Turtle Conservation at the Pacific Coast

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Coordinator | Diego
Coordinator | Diego
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Learn about the amazing marine ecosystem
Meet other volunteers from around the world.
Improve your Spanish
Explore de rich Guatemalan Culture
Live at the beach!
Work to grow the number of endangered sea turtle species, iguanas and work in mangrove conservation. Turtle Season is from July-December. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteers working in the turtle and marine conservation program work alongside a team of dedicated people who strive to protect various species of marine turtles, other marine species, and their habitat. Turtles are especially at risk in Guatemala, as their eggs are seen as a precious commodity by many locals who illegally raid these animal’s nests. The turtle conservation project works to collect eggs before poachers get to them and incubate them in hatcheries where they will be safe. Another tactic used by the project is to buy the eggs from poachers, so the baby turtles end up back in the ocean rather than in the black market. Due to the nature of this program, hours vary quite a bit and volunteers need to be flexible to start very early in the morning sometimes.

Possible tasks:

  • Collecting and reburying eggs in hatcheries.
  • Monitoring the temperature of hatcheries.
  • Beach clean-up.
  • Releasing newly hatched turtles into the ocean.
  • General maintenance of the hatchery and monitoring.
  • Painting murals and creating educational material for environmental awareness.
  • Assisting in conservation workshops at local schools and community centers.
  • Misc administrative tasks.
  • Availability: Turtle season runs from July to December, other conservation tasks are available year-long such as work in mangroves.

Program Duration: 2-4 weeks
Location: Various towns on the Guatemalan Pacific coast.
Schedule: Varies depending on the turtle’s nesting and hatching, but work is usually around 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Typical day

  • 7 am: breakfast with host family
  • 7:30 am: walk to project
  • 8 am: meet with project staff to oversee daily tasks
  • 1 pm: lunch time
  • 4 pm: Project work time ends
  • 7 pm: Dinner with host family

Free-time activities

Beach sports and surfing is usually available .

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, Travel health insurance and copy of passport
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, Friday and Saturday from 06:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience

  • Host family,  with two meals per day or volunteer guesthouse with three meals per day
  • Participation in cultural activities.
  • On call support throughout the service.
  • Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
  • Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement
  • Welcome at airport with transport.
  • Certificate of program completion.

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

Airport pickup is provided  to the host community about 1.5 hours away.

Host family, with two meals per day or volunteer guesthouse in shared accommodation with three meals per day.
Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Host family,  with two meals per day or Volunteer guesthouse with three meals per day.
Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.
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 La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guatemala.
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 Guatemala provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Arrival days are every Sunday except the last two Sundays of December.

Orientation is held on Mondays.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$388 /week

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

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Turtle Conservation at the Pacific Coast

Work to grow the number of endangered sea turtle species, iguanas and work in mangrove conservation. Turtle Season is from July-December.


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