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Sea Turtle Conservation

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1 - 30 weken  ·  Leeftijd 18 - 50+

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Highlights

  • Directly assist on conservation tasks to help endangered sea turtles such as the; Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle. Ensuring as many eggs and hatchlings survive their time on land.
  • Experience the rural Ghanaian way of life and it's laid back, friendly atmosphere. Perfect stepping stone for travel abroad, Ghana is often classed as Africa for beginners!
  • Beatiful beaches, tropical weather and cooling coastal breezes await you on our beach conservation project.
  • Make unforgettabe memories travelling with your fellow volunteers at weekends to places such as Mole Safari Park, Cape Coast Castle & Boti Waterfall.
  • Work alongside fellow international volunteers in a close group and make friends for life whilst having a direct impact on sea turtle populations.

Vooral geschikt voor

Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
50+

Over het programma

Protect endangered sea turtles along the Ghana coastline. Working on nesting sites and beach patrols whilst experiencing beautiful surroundings in your free time.

ONLY AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER - MARCH DUE TO THE TURTLE NESTING SEASON

About
Join our new sea turtle conversation project and assist in protecting endangered sea turtle species such as the Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle. Take part in beach patrols to collect data on nesting sites and sea ...

Over het programma

ONLY AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER - MARCH DUE TO THE TURTLE NESTING SEASON

About
Join our new sea turtle conversation project and assist in protecting endangered sea turtle species such as the Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle. Take part in beach patrols to collect data on nesting sites and sea turtle activity, relocate eggs to specially constructed hatchery to protect the eggs during their at risk period, ensure hatchery is safe and secure to help increase hatching and population targets for these species.

Why this placement
Sea turtles are a key stone species which means they have a crucial influence on their environment and surrounding species. Unfortunately as globally experienced, sea turtle numbers declined due to accidental capture in fishing gear, hunted for their meat and habitat destruction due to climate change and human impact.  By assisting in data collection and conservation tasks we aim to play our part in the protection of eggs and hatchlings to protect population numbers as part of the global effort.

What is included
Support Staff - Accommodation - House Utility Bills - Pre Departure Support

Support Staff - You will have both pre departure support from our head office team and then in country support at the project sites with you to ensure you have a smooth transition into a new culture and answer any queries you may have.

Accommodation - Living with your fellow volunteers and support team you will have the benefit of a tight knit family feel and always ensuring there is someone to chat to and plan your free time activities. For full information on the accommodation provided please see below in the dedicated part of the listing. 

How do I get to the placement
Depending on your team allocation and location assigned you may be a short distance to the beach that requires patrolling on that shift. You have the option to walk, cycle or take a short shared taxi ride depending on the distance.

What will I be doing
The core pillars of the conservation project at this time are; Beach Patrols, Hatchery Supervision & Data Collection.

Beach Patrols - Through the night you will be allocated a shift and beach stretch where you will monitor the beach looking for signs of nesting, during this shift you will log your miles and stretch of beach patrolled. Upon finding a nest, depending on location we would aim to transport these safely to the dedicated hatchery to increase their chance of survival and protect them from outside threats. Upon spotting sea turtles you will be responsible for logging the details for ongoing monitoring such as photograph, verifying species, approximate size, location etc.

Hatchery Supervision - When assigned on hatchery duties you will be supervising the location to ensure a safe environment away from any threats such as dogs or birds etc and making any necessary fence repairs or fixes.

Data Collection - Processing the data collected by the beach patrol teams or from your previous night shift, ensuring this is processed in a clear and accurate manner to share with our conservation partners both in Ghana and overseas.

Depending on volunteer team numbers and workload we also aim to run community awareness schemes to highlight the importance of sea turtles and their impact, tagging of adult sea turtles caught by fishermen and ensuring their safe return to the ocean and then providing this tagging information to worldwide organisations to assist in the tracking and monitoring of adult populations and establishing a fishing exchange where fishermen who have caught sea turtles as by catch can turn over the sea turtle to us for a fixed fee or item to prevent it being sold to traders for meat etc.

Who will I be working with
Depending on the numbers of volunteers at a time we aim to group volunteers into couples or small groups especially at the start of your trip until you complete the training and feel comfortable, however there may be periods of time further down the line where this is not possible due to the amount of beach to be covered during the patrols for example.
Our support team will always be closeby between the project sites or accommodation should you need any further support or assistance when in country.

What should I bring
For your own comfort, light summer clothes will be best for most of your time during the placement. It would be useful to bring a sturdy pair of shoes for when going through the local forest.
You may find it useful to bring your own red torch light to use whilst on night patrols. We will have a core amount to cover the group per patrol team however the salt air and not the highest quality local torch products means that they don't last too long. You can find red light handheld or head torches on stores such as Amazon.
Activities or board games to spend your free time with your fellow volunteers are usually greatly appreciated!


Dagelijkse activiteiten

  • 12am to 2am - Night Beach Patrol (On shift rotation) / Searching for nesting turtles.
  • 5am to 7am - Morning Beach Patrol (On shift rotation) / Searching for eggs and nests along the beach.
  • 7am to 9am - Morning Rest to prepare breakfast and get ready for the day.
  • 9am to 10am - Releasing of any hatchlings ...

Dagelijkse activiteiten

  • 12am to 2am - Night Beach Patrol (On shift rotation) / Searching for nesting turtles.
  • 5am to 7am - Morning Beach Patrol (On shift rotation) / Searching for eggs and nests along the beach.
  • 7am to 9am - Morning Rest to prepare breakfast and get ready for the day.
  • 9am to 10am - Releasing of any hatchlings into the ocean that may have hatched at the nursery
  • 11am to 12pm - Lunch Break
  • 12pm to 3pm - Daily Activities depending on assignment and current workload which can include;
    • Monitoring of hathchery, replenishing sand when needed and making any repairs to keep structure safe.
    • Beach cleanups
    • Helping out on community farming sites.
    • Plastics recycling and ecobricking.
    • Educational Outreaches, School Partnerships and Community Sensitisation.
    • Data Processing and logging of nesting sites, successful releases, species monitored etc.
    • Visiting neighbouring communities on fishing bycatch rescue missions of adult sea turtles.
  • 3pm onwards - Free time: to explore the local beaches, forests and villages as well as chance to get to know your fellow volunteers and in house activities such as games nights, local language and cooking lessons.
  • 6pm to 7pm - Evening activities;
    • Twi language lesson
    • Family Night
    • Local cooking lessons
    • Beach games / Sports
    • Bonfire
    • Ecobricking

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Mid Week Free Time

After school and evenings offer these local opportunities around the local area:

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sightseeing of surrounding forest and landmarks
  • After school & Homework Clubs
  • Sports and beach games
  • Local cooking lessons
  • Language lessons
  • Boat trips
  • Cape 3 Points lighthouse ...

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Mid Week Free Time

After school and evenings offer these local opportunities around the local area:

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Sightseeing of surrounding forest and landmarks
  • After school & Homework Clubs
  • Sports and beach games
  • Local cooking lessons
  • Language lessons
  • Boat trips
  • Cape 3 Points lighthouse tour

Weekend Free Time

Most volunteers will travel at weekends, across Ghana we have many amazing experiences which you can discover. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Safari
  • Museums
  • Slave Castles
  • Canopy Walk
  • Waterfalls
  • Malls and Cinemas (Showing latest films)
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Shopping / Arts & Crafts
  • Restaurants and Nightlife

We are on hand to offer any advice that you might need.


Voorwaarden

Voorwaarden

Minimum leeftijd: 18 jaar

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 (basis niveau)

Nationaliteitsbeperkingen

Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.

Andere vaardigheden

- Basic level of fitness for active tasks. - Ability to work in a warm humid environment.

Tijdsinzet

Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Atlas Volunteers

Breakdown of Fees
Your placement fees will cover your shared accommodation and on site support staff. In addition to; initial registration fee, pre departure support, orientation & training and house utility bills (electricity, cooking gas, tap water)

Please note that the fee at time of application is indicative. The actual fee may vary depending on the number of volunteers, supplies changing in costs and location of beaches assigned by the local authorities. The final price will be communicated to you as part of your pre departure documentation and guidance.

Accomodatie

Accommodation
Volunteers will always share with fellow volunteers on the team as well as their support team supervisor. The utilities you will use are covered part of your fees such as water, cooking gas and electricity. Depending on your team assignment you will live in shared volunteer housing overlooking the ocean, it's supplied with basic kitchen equipment and shared areas to relax on your off time.

Accommodation is basic but comfortable. We try to provide a balanced level for our volunteer housing that meets the basic needs of our international volunteers, whilst still being in touch with our local communities and not 'out of place' or disconnected from local average standards.

Bedrooms are shared usually between 2-3 people as well as a shared bathroom with running water. 
Running water is quite a luxury in Ghana, especially in this local area but our volunteer accommodation has this benefit with cold water showers.
A basic kitchen is supplied with a fridge and gas hob. Volunteers usually arrange shopping from a local market town on a weekly basis and there are a few street food vendors in the village.

There is a basic wifi system in place where you can purchase wifi codes to use the local network at home. This costs approximately 30 cedis for 10GB data per month as of February 2024.

If you're ready for an extra level of adventure, at certain parts of the year it may be possible to lend a hand on our extended beach patrol sites in camping facilities on the beach.

Internet toegang

Beperkte toegang op de project site

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Takoradi Airport

Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.

Eten & Drank

Eten, tussendoortjes en drankjes zijn bijkomende kosten.

Vlucht tickets

De dichtste luchthaven is Takoradi Airport (TKD) in Takoradi. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Ghana. VIND GOEDKOPE VLUCHTEN

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 Ghana biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde. KRIJG EEN OFFERTE

Vaccinaties

Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Ghana dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Ghana. VACCINATIE CHECKER

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

- Sea turtle nesting season in Ghana is between September - March so the project is only available within these months.

- You are able to arrive any date however it's usually quite useful if you arrive Friday - Sunday so that you can join the weekly timetable from Monday.

- There is a few different options available to reach our camp at Cape Three Points, once confirmed on the team we can run through the specific details and costs but as an overview these options are;
  • Domestic flight from Accra (Kotoka International Airport) to Takoradi Airport and then a taxi or shared bus (Trotro) from Takoradi to Cape Three Points.
  • Taxi hire from Accra (Kotoka International Airport) direct to Cape Three Points
  • Public transport from Accra to Takoradi using buses and trotros. Journey would be roughly from Circle Bus Station in Accra to Takoradi, Takoradi to Agona and then Agona to Cape Three Points.
Beschikbaarheid
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Programmakosten

1 week (min. verblijf) 183€
4 weken 733€
8 weken 1.467€
16 weken 2.933€
30 weken (max. verblijf) 3.321€
Gemiddelde kosten 146€/week

Programmakosten

146€ per week 1 - 30 weken Leeftijd 18 - 50+

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Duurtijd

1 - 30 weken

Waarborg

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Finale betaling

Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Atlas Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.


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Atlas Volunteers

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Over de organisatie

Atlas Volunteers is an NGO providing affordable & meaningful volunteer placements in rural Ghana, Thailand & Cambodia. Created by volunteers, for volunteers.

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Who We Are?

We're a team of volunteers that wanted to startup a volunteer organisation truly by volunteers for volunteers. The initial founders of the team met whilst volunteering in Ghana from 2010 onwards. After becoming the largest volunteer organisation in Ghana in 2023 where we focus on development within our rural areas, we answered the call in 2024 to help our partners on the ground elsewhere in the world whilst still maintaining the same Atlas standards of creating meaningful & affordable volunteering programs for people from all over the world to come lend a hand so that we can leave the world in a better place whilst getting to experience new people, countries and cultures from a meaningful travel experience.

What We Do?

Our volunteer team and support coordinators work directly with our local community partners to help make an impact and leave the world a better place than we found it. Our team work across

  • Education - including school support, tutoring sessions, reading clubs and vacation classes.
  • Sports - Football academy, physical education lessons and school sports days.
  • Renovation - Constructing and maintenance of unsafe school buildings as well as decorating and improvements.
  • Eco Projects - including reforestation, plastics upcycling and community cleanups.
  • Community - farm assistant and health insurance drives.
  • Conservation - Sea Turtle & Elephant conservation programs.

Where We Work?

Our main flagship program is based at the Abetifi district in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It holds the highest habitable town in Ghana upon a mountainous area so we have the benefit of a cooler overall temperature especially on the evenings and mornings. The volunteer house is in one of the towns close to Abetifi called Aduamoah. Abetifi is our closest larger town just a few minutes drive where there are banks, shops, market etc. The volunteer programs you will be visiting will be spread from the towns to just twenty minutes down the road on the road to Lake Volta (the largest man made lake in the world) where we work with remote villages to strengthen their facilities and improve their way of life. Life is fairly laid back in the area and time is soon spent chatting with people in passing and visiting friends. The Kwahu area has an extremely low crime rate and volunteers are given the chance and encouraged to explore the local towns alone or in groups with our team.

We also run our sea turtle conservation project at Cape Three Points between September - March each year during the nesting season. Cape Three Points is a complete contract to Abetifi where it's a tiny rural village but benefits from the most amazing beach and forest views. In 2024 we have also launched programs in Thailand and Cambodia with really exciting programs that are genuinely making a difference to conservation, education and community development efforts on the ground.

Our History

Our Mission


Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for flexible, caring volunteers who have the drive to not only help but to familiarise themselves with the local culture and characters. The ability to work outside of your usual comfort zone will not make your trip easiest but help towards our social impact goals.

240 beoordelingen · rating4.8

Waldo Maier rating4.6

2024 at Sea Turtle Conservation

The place is very remote but very beautiful. At first I was very nervous when driving to the camp through the forest and rough roads but it was really worth the visit. A very nice adventure and really good to be able to help on meaningful tasks. I was able to surf and explore the local villages in ...
Bo Brink rating4.8

2024 at Sea Turtle Conservation

I have been there for 3 weeks and that is a good time because you make more nice connections with the people who live in the village. Also you can do more for the school give theme lessons and build on the school ...
Merlin de Vries rating5

2024 at Sea Turtle Conservation

Where do I even start?! I came to Ghana for the volunteerwork with the see turtles. Unfortunately I was at the end of the hatching period and the eggs that were in the hatchery did not survive the crabs. So this means I did nog get to see any turtles, of course that is nature so Atlas could do ...
Flora Turner rating5

2023 at Sea Turtle Conservation

I had the best three weeks in Ghana and would recommend this to anyone. It was a nice opportunity to immerse myself in the culture while having plenty of downtime to ...
Flora Turner rating5

2023 at Sea Turtle Conservation

I had the best three weeks in Ghana and would recommend this to anyone. It was a nice opportunity to immerse myself in the culture while having plenty of downtime to ...
Ingrid Delaville rating5

2023 at Sea Turtle Conservation

These months were so nice! I really enjoyed being part of this adventure. I also really enjoyed getting to interact with the local life in a safe ...

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