Maximo Nivel

Help Sea Turtles Conservation

La Antigua, Guatemala show on map

Agency | Maximo Nivel

Help us protect the sea turtles: these majestic creatures play a key role in ocean ecosystems and their extinction would be a tragedy.

The program

Volunteers help us protect the environment of the sea turtles and their ocean ecosystems. They provide support to biologists and locals who are involved in managing the turtle nesting grounds.

These projects normally include sustainable egg harvesting programs that feed or provide income to the local communities. These programs are designed to prevent over-harvesting and poaching, and are overseen by the Guatemalan government. Volunteers take part in nightly beach patrols, tagging turtles, relocating nests into hatcheries, counting eggs and turtles, contributing to beach reforestation efforts, community outreach programs, project upkeep and maintenance. 

During this project volunteers work with very impoverished communities in a rural setting. That said, the turtle conservation projects are located on gorgeous beaches where swimming, surfing and local culture are easy to find nearby. Beach patrols require a lot of walking and volunteers should be physically fit and prepared for this.

What to bring

We strongly encourage to bring work gloves, and long-sleeved shirts and pants that they do not mind getting dirty or even ruining. Participants should bring a set of dark clothes for nighttime beach patrols. Closed-toed shoes are required and water shoes, hiking boots, or crocs make beach patrols much more comfortable.

They need a flashlight, extra batteries, insect repellent, and sun screen. A flashlight with a red light is preferred, but red cellophane will be provided in-country if they do not have this.

We recommend to use pack-style luggage. Traditional suitcases with wheels are strongly discouraged due to the difficult terrain and frequent walking.

Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 6-8 hours per day, Monday to Saturday. Working hours are split into shifts, and volunteers should be prepared to have late night or very early morning shifts patrolling the beach as well as daytime working hours.

Details on Arrival

Projects start every Monday, all year round. Volunteers arrive on Saturday and spend the first couple of days in La Antigua, where they receive the orientation. In La Antigua, they stay in a local Guatemalan family with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included. At the turtle project, they are housed in either a family-stay or dorm-style accommodations where they are provided with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. 

Free-time activities

There are small tourist agencies and hostels that can offer snorkeling equipment, dolphin tours, and other trips out into the sea including sports fishing, mangrove tours, artisan fishing, and whale and dolphin watching. Our staff are experts on Guatemala and can answer any questions volunteers have. Tours and trips can also easily be booked through our on-site travel partner.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Maximo Nivel (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Maximo Nivel
Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family / Dorm accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management

While in Antigua:

- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week
Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport
Airport pick up in Guatemala City and private transportation to and from the project and La Antigua at the beginning and end of the program are included.
Accommodation

The first two days in La Antigua volunteers stay in a local Guatemalan family with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included. At the turtle project, they stay at a dormitory-style hostel. The hostel overlooks the beach and is adjacent to the turtle project. Shared rooms are up to 6 people. If there is no space at the hostel, they will be placed with a host family. Breakfast and dinner are included. There are no laundry facilities available at the turtle projects. The hostel can provide information on where to do your laundry, but participants should be prepared to hand-wash their clothes and dry them in the sun.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
The first 2 days in La Antigua volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner), as well as at the turtles project. Special diet requests can be also 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,005.00
3 weeks
$1,260.00
4 weeks
$1,515.00
5 weeks
$1,715.00
9 weeks
$2,515.00
17 weeks
$4,115.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$10,715.00
Average fees
$358.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in La Antigua/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Maximo Nivel 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 Guatemala.
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 Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  La Antigua, Guatemala

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