Coastal Sea Turtle Research

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opgericht in 2011
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High­lights

Volunteer by treating and rehabilitating injured or sick sea turtles
Help promote humane and sustainable practices through co-operation and education initiatives
Enjoy your free time by visiting stunning beaches
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world and build life-long friendships
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world and build life-long friendships
Help to collect important data about this critically endangered species. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
50+

The Project

The collection of biological data is extremely important to this organisation in light of the urgent need to obtain information to conserve Ecuador’s ecosystems and marine resources, in particular, sea turtles. 

Until very recently it was believed that Hawksbill turtles only nested in the coasts of Central America. However, in 2008 this organisation found that this critically endangered species also nests in the beaches of Ecuador’s Coastline. Since then, with the aid of volunteers, research has been undertaken to learn more about this enigmatic creature and its presence in Ecuador. Other turtles that can be found in the area are green turtles, leatherbacks, hawksbills and olive-ridley turtles.

Despite their beauty and ecological importance, these gentle creatures are critically endangered.  Their nesting sites are being destroyed and over-fishing is depleting the oceans of food that is imperative for their survival.

The Location

The project is located in a small fishing village set in a bay on the coast of Ecuador. It is a prime turtle nesting location and quite possibly the most important area on the entire coast of Ecuador for turtle conservation. The beach is the focus of local life with fishermen mending their nets, courting couples, dolphins swimming in the bay, unaccompanied cows wandering along the shore and kids running down to play in the breakers at sunset. The beachside tree lined promenade is bustling with restaurants, cabanas and nightclubs.. The climate is tropical and the average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius. 

The area is renowned for its coral reef and ecotourism activities and an ideal place from which to explore Machalilla National Park, an area classified as an ecological reserve and of archaeological importance. Machalilla National Park encompasses 55,000 hectares of land and two offshore islands, Isla de la Plata and Isla Salango. It constitutes the last remnants of dry tropical forest in Ecuador and is home to a rich variety of birdlife as well as some reptiles and mammals. Its fascination lies in the combination of desert, low-lying areas, beaches, bays and cliffs providing beautiful landscapes and endless photo opportunities. 

There are two official languages spoken in Ecuador. The most common one is Spanish introduced by the Spanish invaders some 480 years ago. The other one, Quechua was also a foreign tongue brought by the earlier invaders, the Incas. Quechua is mostly spoken by rural indigenous people in remote regions of the Andes and Amazon. There are also several other languages spoken by various Amazon tribes.

Our Volunteers

You will dedicate most of your time to biological data collection and dissemination that is of great importance for the projects carried out by this organization. Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the ocean, but nest on beaches. At certain times of the year, when the tides and seasons align, the females abandon the security of the ocean and make their way up the beaches to lay their eggs. Sea turtles are very vulnerable on land, and even after a nest is successfully laid, it is still very susceptible to harm by humans. 

Through this volunteer program, you will gain an invaluable experience and share unforgettable moments with staff, the local people and with the biodiversity of Ecuador's coast. Your input is imperative since very little research has been done on Ecuador's coasts regarding the quantity and frequency of sea turtle nests. 

The work is interesting and unique and is very hands-on during rescues and releases. You will forge friendships that may last a lifetime while you directly contribute towards the conservation of this incredible region of the world.

Prior studies in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or related sciences are preferable but not essential; however, it is necessary that you have experience with elementary statistical analyses and the capacity to learn field sampling techniques and know how to apply them in the field satisfactorily. More importantly, candidates must have the capacity to learn field sampling techniques and know how to apply them in the field satisfactorily. Research Assistants are trusted with the review and analysis of the data collected in the field, therefore it is necessary that the candidates have experience with elementary statistical analyses, for example, creating tables, bar charts and histograms.

Conditions Onsite

The project's activities are affected by the season. For example, nesting season usually begins in January so you may not find a laying turtle in order to count the eggs. It is not impossible though! 

Although project staff try their best to accomplish all tasks as scheduled, sometimes these cannot be carried out due to various factors (i.e. bad climate conditions). For this reason, we ask volunteers to be patient and understanding. 

With respect to turtle capture, we cannot always capture them as they are wild animals. The capture success depends on tides, climate conditions, and seasonality.

Please Note

The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Daily tasks may include

  • Field sampling 
  • Statistical analysis 
  • Collecting data, analysing and entering results 
  • Coordinating small research projects
  • Undertaking environmental education activities 
  • Camping and patrolling beaches during the day and night
  • Walking beaches collecting trash 
Every volunteer must contribute with the maintenance and cleaning of the Volunteer House and field equipment.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

You can easily walk anywhere in town. That said, there's an abundance of motorcycle-powered "ecotaxis" that will take you anywhere in town for $1.50. 

There are plenty of travel opportunities along a coast of long deserted beaches, mangroves and coastal lowlands. It is also the country's agricultural centre with large plantations, especially bananas, dominating the inland plains. 

Transport along all this part of the coast is easy because there’s only one road. Buses run either North or South, appear about every 30 minutes and you can flag one down or get off at any point you choose.

Visit the stunning and protected beaches of Los Frailes. Reputed to be the most beautiful beach in Ecuador and the star of countless posters, Los Frailes is 30 minutes away by bus. 

Visit the nearby Santa Elena Peninsula and Santa Clara Island provides the largest refuge for maritime birds in Ecuador and the tallest mangroves in the world are located along the Spondylus route, in the forest of Majagual in the Cayapas-Mataje Ecological Reserve in the province of Esmeraldas.

A day trip to Agua Blanca is a must! A small village inside the National Park is home to an excellent archaeological museum containing local ceramics, jewellery and domestic objects attributed to the Manteña civilisation dating from 500 BC – 1500 AD.

Isla de La Plata is a top spot for whale-watching as it is one of the primary sites in Ecuador for humpback whales.

For longer trips, take a bus to Guayaquil, Quito or take a guided nature trip deep into the virgin heart of the Amazon. Visit the mountainous region of the Andes where you find active volcanoes and crater lakes or for the more active traveller, you may try rafting, kayaking, trekking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting or bird watching.

If you have time, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is sure to be memorable.

Swimming
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en Proof of vaccinations
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
A great interest towards environmental issues, especially in marine conservation.
The ability to learn sampling techniques and to apply them satisfactorily in the field, to learn and to put in practice statistical concepts, to learn how to collect data and to enter it into a data base.
Leadership skills to coordinate small research projects and to assist with the execution of projects.
A willingness to learn about the environment and the local people.
The ability to work in the hot sun.
Tijdsinzet
Regelmatige wekuren zijn moeilijk te bepalen. Dit hangt voornamelijk van de arbeidskracht af. Neem rechtstreeks contact op met Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers om meer informatie te krijgen over de huidige taken en objectieven.

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Informative orientation upon arrival on safety and a cultural introduction to Ecuador
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Quito
  • Accommodation at the project
  • Meals (Quito homestay only)
  • Return bus transport from Quito city to the project
  • Project Orientation held in Quito
  • Training
  • Field coordinator
  • Field equipment and materials
  • Free internet access
  • International phone calls in case of emergency
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (Quito hostel or apartment)
  • Meals at the project
  • Airport transfers from Quito airport to accommodations (O2E can arrange)
  • Transport from Quito to the project (O2E can arrange)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas and entry permits
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Mariscal Sucre International Airport


Accomodatie

Shared rooms for 4 people in a volunteer house are located two blocks away from the beach front or at the sea turtle egg hatchery program location. 

Slaapzaal
Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Eten, tussendoortjes en drankjes zijn bijkomende kosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Ecuador.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Ecuador biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Ecuador dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Ecuador.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The project starts Mondays through Fridays all year long. We require volunteers to arrive in Quito at least 1 day early. 

To get there,  fly into Quito. O2E will organise a compulsory orientation on Ecuador and the project. We will arrange your transport from the airport to your accommodation if required.

The bus trip from Quito to the coast is 10-12 hour, usually overnight.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
4 - 8 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
$ 1.332
5 weken
$ 1.665
6 weken
$ 1.998
7 weken
$ 2.331
8 weken (max. verblijf)
$ 2.664
Gemiddelde kosten
$ 333 /week

Gelieve ermee rekening te houden dat de bovenstaande programmakosten een raming zijn en beinvloed kunnen worden door mogelijke veranderingen in de wisselkoers. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

Coastal Sea Turtle Research

Help to collect important data about this critically endangered species.

$333/week

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