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Ocean Spirits Inc

Sea Turtle Research and Conservation

St. Patrick's, Grenada

Volunteer in the Caribbean and take part in leatherback sea turtle monitoring, research, and community outreach programmes on the island of Grenada.

Ocean Spirits is a registered, non-profit marine conservation organisation based in Grenada, West Indies. From its inception in 1999, Ocean Spirits have focused primarily on the conservation of marine turtles found throughout Grenada's coastal waters and beaches. As a member and the country coordinator of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST) we work at a national and regional level, with support and expert advice which ensures we are continually striving to meet universal, conservation objectives and make valid contributions to the international scientific community.

Legal and illegal fisheries, incidental catch, loss of habitat and the poaching of eggs all contribute to the decrease of sea turtles here in Grenada. Working together with our local communities, government and international organisations we aim to ensure that sea turtles remain a key species in Grenada's rich biodiversity.

As a volunteer with us you will become an active, hands on team member consisting of local and international staff members, gaining data collection and field experience with the largest reptile, Leatherback sea turtles. Through Ocean Spirits presence of the nesting beaches you will directly help to reduce the illegal poaching of turtle eggs, as our presence alone deters poachers. You will have the opportunity to help create awareness through educational events. It is also a wonderful opportunity to work along side a wide range of fellows from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

2018, marks our 19th year of Leatherback monitoring. The nesting season operates March- July, with August focused on hatchlings. Grenada is located in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is only 133sq miles in size and has a population of 108,000. Known as the Spice isle it is rich in a variety of spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, mace and cocoa. Once part of the British Colonies, Grenada is English speaking.

You will be based in the picturesque north east of the island. The area is a piece of paradise with views of the ocean and off shore islands.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable, comprises of two properties next door to each other, with same 2-3 persons per room and sex shared bedrooms. Beds/futons and pillows are provided, linen and towels are not. The house has a fridge/freezer, gas cooker. limited WiFi access, 220 and 110V electricity supply. There is a fan in each bedroom (no air conditioning); mosquito nets are recommended if you react badly to bites. A full list of items recommended to bring will be provided in your volunteer handbook.


Typical day

Here at Ocean Spirits we operate on weekly schedules. Each week you can expect to complete 3-4 night patrols, 2-3 morning patrols, beach profiling, education outreach activities, nest excavations (during hatchling season) and take your turn at household duties with one day off each week granted.

Morning Survey

This monitoring work takes place on a beach closest to the project accommodation and involves walking down the hill from the research station (10 minutes) at first light to check the beach for any nesting events or turtles, recorded them before covering them over to avoid poachers finding.

Night Patrol

This takes place under the cover of darkness on of the third largest Leatherback nesting beach in the region. A short  10 minute drive away. Once on the beach two teams are formed both lead by qualified supervisors. Each team takes it in turns to patrol the 800m long beach searching for nesting turtles. Once a nesting turtle is found it is carefully approached and volunteers are given the opportunity to get hands on data collection experience; carapace measurements, flipper tagging, egg counting and nest relocations.

Beach Profiling

Once a week a team will profile the main nesting beach to monitor changes in the beach and to provide information on the best location for nests that require to be relocated

Education and Outreach

Education plays a great role in our work in ensuring the message of the importance of sea turtles is spread. Volunteers are given the opportunity to take part in classroom activities, school field trips, environmental science classes, summer camps and help disseminate information relating to turtle conservation at community awareness days in Grenada.  You may also have the opportunity to join call-outs reported in via the national Sea Turtle hotline (subject to safety and availability) throughout your stay.

Nest Excavations

If you are lucky enough to be with us during hatchling season you will take part in nest excavations to discover the success rates of each turtle nest laid

Household Duties

We operate our project house like a family home. Everyone takes their turn in cleaning, cooking and equipment maintenance. It is a great opportunity to show off your cooking skills and try dishes from a variety of different cultures.

Details on Arrival

The program runs of thee week cycles with the option to join for 3-12 weeks with assigned arrival and departure dates.  On arrival days the project will provide one transfer from Maurice Bishop/Point Salines International Airport to the project camp in the north of the island 1.5 hrs away, the pickup will be at 6:00pm in the evening (should all volunteers arrive earlier the taxi time will be adjusted to accommodate the group). Should you arrive outside this time we can coordinate a taxi for you that you will be required to pay for.

2018 Dates

24th February - 17th March 2018

17th March - 7th April 2018

7th April - 28th April 2018

28th April - 19th May 2018

19th May - 9th June 2018

9th June - 30th June 2018

30th June - 21st July 2018

21st July - 11th August 2018

Free-time activities

Grenada has a diverse range of activities and places to visit. You will receive one day off each week, but you will find that some rotated tasks take only a few hours leaving you with the rest of the day free to explore or just relax at the beach.
  • SCUBA diving - good rates offered if you are interested in gaining your diving certificate, or as an experienced diver, the Bianca C wreck, a 200m long cruise ship which now lies 30m down, is an amazing dive.
  • Snorkeling - you can pop over to Sandy Island, a small uninhabited island (also a hawksbill nesting site) just one mile from the mainland.
  • Rum factory and organic chocolate factory
  • Hot springs, lakes and waterfalls
  • Rainforest trails, trying to spot monkeys 
  • Local markets
  • Mountain biking
  • Visit the Sister Isle of Carriacou

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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 English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
medical insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You must be willing to work in all weather conditions and keep smiling!
Be able to walk 2-3 miles on soft sand in the heat and throughout the night.
Previous experience is not necessary as training will be provided.
You must be comfortable living in shared conditions and with a variety of cultures.
A good team player
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Ocean Spirits Inc are happy to help you.

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 This includes quality accommodation, food, airport transfer (one pick-up scheduled for 6pm at Point Salines International Airport, Grenada on first day of placement), training and supervision; project t-shirts and WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support. Airfare, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in the cost. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.

Airport Pickup at Maurice Bishop International Airport

Each group has a set day to arrive.  On this day the project will provide one transfer from Maurice Bishop/Point Salines International Airport to the project camp in the north of the island 1.5 hrs away.  The pickup will be at 6:00pm in the evening.  On arrival at the airport, please look for a person with an Ocean Spirits Logo at the arrival area (logo as on front page).

Accommodation

You will be based in the picturesque north east of the Island.  The area is a windswept piece of paradise, which boasts a number of uninhabited offshore islands surrounded by coral reefs teeming with life. The accommodation comprises of a solid concrete built house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large balcony with incredible views across the outer islands and Carriacou. Sleeping arrangements are single sex rooms, with beds/futons and pillows provided. Linen and towels are not provided. The house has a fridge/freezer, gas cooker, telephone (outgoing calls are for project related needs only, you can receive incoming calls), 220 & 110V electricity supply. There is a fan in each room (no A/C); mosquito nets are not provided but if you react badly to bites you may wish to bring one with you

Food & Beverages

Everybody will get the chance to demonstrate their culinary expertise! Cooking will be rotated and meals are prepared using seasonal, local produce (shopping is done in the nearby town of Sautuers, food variations are limited e.g. cheese is cheddar - we have many recipes available). All food is vegetarian*; breakfast and lunch are 'help yourself'. Dinner is a cooked meal and is a social affair, attended by everyone on the project. *For those who cannot do without meat, past volunteers have chipped in to buy chicken or fish etc and cook it in addition to the vegetarian evening meal

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 Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) in St. George's. We assist you to find cheap flights to Grenada.
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 Grenada provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Grenada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Grenada.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$978.00
3 weeks
$1,287.00
4 weeks
$1,596.00
5 weeks
$1,904.00
6 weeks
$2,213.00
7 weeks
$2,522.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,066.00
Average fees
$414.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in St. Patrick's/Grenada between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Ocean Spirits Inc will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Ocean Spirits Inc during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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