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Tortugas Fundación Yepez A.C.

Sea Turtle Conservation Holiday

Nautla, Mexico

A real and sustainable sea turtle conservation program with the opportunity to participate in many other activities, like reforestation, recycling for a short term.

About the Program

Fundación Yepez A.C. is a non-profit organization that has been protecting sea turtles in Veracruz, Mexico for 49 years. The organization is small and family run and we need all the help we can get to be able to protect this endangered species and implement all of the eco-projects that we run. Sea Turtles are endangered because of many reasons such as death through fishing nets and pollution, consumption of their eggs as well as increased amounts of predators and we work in many different ways to conserve and protect them. 

About the work

Whilst most of the work is hands on work on the beach, there are also many things such as administration that needs to be done in the office, reforestation projects, community projects, environmental education and recycling programs, so variety is definitely part of the job. The main job throughout sea turtle season March to October, is patrolling the beach to protect the nesting turtles and rescue nests as well as receive visitors, release hatchlings and generally take care of the centre. You will work with the whole team directed by a Coordinator that will assign the day to day tasks.

Sometimes night patrols are required so there may be work in the morning then some free time during the day and work in the afternoon with visiting groups and beach clean up campaigns and bonfire and night time patrols where you will be able to witness these amazing animals nest on the beach under the most amazing star-sky. We also look for special skills of the individual volunteers, allowing them to help where their strengths lie, i.e. administration, program development, etc. Most work takes place at the base or on the beach - we work on a total of 43km of beach so the location may vary from day to day and transport will be provided for groups of volunteers to join their leaders at different spots depending on needs. Sometimes special events are organized to raise awareness and the volunteers help in setting up the events, the work is varied and so flexibility is always required.

If you want to work with us long term, we also have a program that is designed for volunteers who stay from 2-8 months to support us. Please search on Volunteer World for Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant in Mexico. 

Typical day

The daily tasks involve beach patrols, nest checking to see if hatchlings have hatched, hatchling release when they are ready, general maintenance of the centre such as sweeping floors and ensuring all areas are clean, receiving groups of children and sometimes doing environmental education activities with them. We give our environmental education talks to over 5000 persons per year as well as organizing activities such as reforestation, beach clean ups, etc. so you might get involved in these as well while you are here.

Please note that all activities depend of time of year and the general agenda.

Free-time activities

There is plenty to do at the centre which is right on the beach so swimming and body boarding is one of the volunteers favourite activities. There are also mangroves and rivers nearby to go explore in kayaks, as well as bigger rapids about 1,5h away to go white-water rafting. There are famous ancient ruins to visit as well as towns and cities to get to know, with their selection of museums and restaurants etc.

Water Sports
Swimming

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No special skills, apart from a great attitude and desire to work as well as a good health are required, although speaking Spanish does help.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Tortugas Fundación Yepez A.C. are happy to help you.

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The volunteer program fee includes airport transfers, accommodations, food (3 meals a day), training and a donation to the NGO.

Airport Pickup at Veracruz International Airport

Airport pick up is provided. The drive time from the airport to the site is about 2.5h.

Accommodation

We have a couple of dorm rooms and camping at the site, the rooms have toilet and shower en suite. For camping we have shared showers (with ocean view!) and toilets available.

Dorm Room Camping
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day included with drinks, coffee etc. Fairly traditional mexican food but also more European versions available especially for breakfast. Vegetarian meals available on request.

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 Veracruz International Airport (VER) in Veracruz. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
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 Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$806.00
3 weeks
$1,209.00
4 weeks
$1,612.00
5 weeks
$2,015.00
6 weeks
$2,418.00
7 weeks (max. stay)
$2,821.00
Average fees
$403.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Nautla/Mexico between 2 weeks and 7 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Tortugas Fundación Yepez A.C. will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mexico.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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