Sea Turtle, Crocodile and Mangrove Conservation

Project name:

ARCAS (2)

Project purpose:

Sea Turtle, Crocodile and Mangrove Conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Marine

Guatemala

Central America

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

175

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Cosy 8 bed dorm (on beach)

Requirements:

  • Must be over 18 to volunteer

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, toilet (western), shower (cold), nearby medical facilities, local shops, cooking facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (cold), bedding, mosquito nets, personal lockers, ATM (8km away)

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

There are two price plans when volunteering at Hawaii:

 

  • $175 per week is the basic fee and includes food and lodging. 

  • $200 per week (complete plan) includes a guaranteed place at the project, airport pick-up and transfer to and from the project site, and two nights hotel in Antigua.

 

** Volunteers wanting to improve their Spanish and have a more typically Guatemalan experience are able to stay in a home-stay organised with ARCAS 

 

Seasons in Hawaii

The sea turtle nesting season runs from July to November, with peak months in August-October, though there are solitary nesters all year around. We release hatchlings from late August to late January. Mangrove reforestations are carried out in December and January. Other reforestation activities are carried out in May-July.

For those interested in participating in environmental education, the Guatemalan school year runs from January to November. We also conduct permanent scientific monitoring of the local mangrove ecosystem and volunteers can participate in that. Local community development activities are carried out year-around

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime