Sea Turtle Protection

Sea turtle conservation, patrolling on the beaches, securing sea turtle nests, environmental education,

The project

This park started in 1993 and its objective was to counter threats to Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtle populations from overharvesting by local egg collectors. Despite being endangered nearly all sea turtle nests in Guatemala are harvested for eggs which are sold in restaurants and markets. 

The park covers 3 hectare of the beach, it is currently negotiating with governments to establish a 3,500 hectare protected area centered in the mangrove wetlands of the area. Under the centres protection over 12,000 eggs were collected in 1997, 10,000 in 1998, 14,500 in 1999 and over 16,000 in 2000 this has made it one of the most important hatcherys in Guatemala. 

Not only does the park protect wildlife it also carries out eductional activities such as lectures on litter, ecology, and endangered species and promotes interactive events such as beach clean-ups and baby turtle release "races" at local schools.

The work 

The centre here not only attempts to conserve the flora and fauna of the area, also tries to offer local residents economic alternatives to improve the quality of their lives through its educational activities and its organised health projects.

On a typical working day you will be patrolling on the beaches, securing sea turtle nests and collecting eggs. Also environmental education to tourists and locals, mangrove reforestation, replanting trees and plants are a important part of your work. Cayman and iguana breeding, feeding the centres animals, helping with community projects can be your tasks too.

Sea Turtle Protection Save species Help turtles Explore beaches Meet new people Help the breeding program

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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 Spanish (basic level) and English (basic level)
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, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 18:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In your spare time there are many different activities to choose from such as hiking around the centre and taking in the amazing views of the beaches, or taking a swim in the sea, there are also bars and internet cafes in the nearby town of Monterrico.



What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation guest house | Full board (3 meals per day) | Over night stay in Antigua | Airport pick up and drop off Guatemala City | Advice on travel insurance | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Yes, an airport pick up service is provided for Guatemala City airport.


In this project volunteers will live in a dormitory at a house in the project centre, this house has a fully equipped kitchen, with a modern bathroom. It also houses a living area with hammocks where volunteers can relax. This house is a great way to meet new people from different places around the world.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day)

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Monterrico/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Guatemala. Please check the visa regulations for Guatemala.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Guatemala and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Guatemala.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.

What's next?

The nearest airport is La Aurora (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Monterrico, Monterrico, Guatemala

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