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Help Protect Marine Biodiversity

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Help protect sea turtles and birds! Support an environmental education project on the beautiful coast of Ecuador.

The Project

In this project, you will support marine biodiversity conservation in Ecuador. This project is operated by a non-profit organization that is located along the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. The organization was created due to the urgent need to protect Ecuador’s fragile ecosystem and marine life. 

As a volunteer, you will have a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn about the biodiversity of Ecuador’s coast. You will also make memories that will last a lifetime with the project’s staff, locals, and other volunteers. Your help will directly contribute to the conservation of Ecuador’s marine biodiversity. 


Your Tasks 

Volunteers can be integrated into different projects at any time. The different projects are a sea turtle project, marine bird project, and environmental education project. 

 Turtle Project  

In this project, you will carry out research and conservation work with Green Sea Turtles and Olive Ridleys. This also includes tasks in an egg hatchery program. 

This project requires staff to travel to a nearby island where they remain for around 8 days at a time. On a typical day, you will tag and measure sea turtles, collect and transfer eggs to the site, and release turtles into the sea. 

 Marine Bird Project 

To protect marine birds, it is necessary to evaluate the impact that fisheries have on their populations. Therefore, in this project, you will be creating/ adding to a census of marine birds. This task requires around 8 km of walking every day and patience to properly count the birds. 

On a typical work day, you will be: making a census of different marine bird species, collecting data on different birds, monitoring birds’ nests, capturing and tagging marine birds, environmental education regarding the birds. 

 Environmental Education Project 

The main objective of this project is to educate the people of Puerto Lopez, and its surrounding areas, on conservation projects. 

Thanks to the help of volunteers, an Eco-Club was created in the city of Puerto Lopez. The club helps with activities, such as beach cleaning, construction of small gardens, and excursions. Volunteers are encouraged to help come up with new ideas for the club so that it can continue to make a difference in the community. 

On a typical day, you will clean beaches and marine floors in Puerto Lopez using snorkeling equipment, plan different activities for the club, and plan educational activities for schools in the city.

Free-time activities

During this project, you will have a lot of free time for activities, such as sports, hiking, and enjoying the great views. You will also find the beach town of Montañita, which is known as the surfer's paradise of Ecuador and has a vibrant nightlife.

Water Sports

Program 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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 from 09:00 - 15:00

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During your project, you will stay in a volunteer house, with a maximum of 4 people per room (bunk beds). These rooms may be mixed depending on how full the house is, and there are shared bathrooms in addition to a kitchen with hot water, refrigerator, toilets, a grill for BBQ, hammocks, and WiFi.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
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 Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Lopez/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
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.
Americas South America Ecuador Puerto Lopez, Puerto Lopez

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