Sea turtle conservation, patrolling on the beaches, securing sea turtle nests, environmental education,
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 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.
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.
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.
Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day)