Sea turtle and Habitat Conservation

Project name:

MEMANTA

Project purpose:

Sea turtle nests are a sought-after, commercialized resource in Nicaragua and some beaches see poaching rates as high as 100%. We put a scientifically-run hatchery in place in order to give the populaton a chance for survival. We combine our efforts with habitat protection measures, community involvement and a sustainable lifestyle on-site.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

245

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

Accommodation:

Tents or shared Cabin

When does the project run?

All year (turtle season is July-January

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, bucket shower, drop toilet.

Part of the facilities count with electricity and running water. There is limited Internet access.

How long can I stay?

Minimum 2 weeks for volunteers, minimum 4 weeks for project assistants

Requirements:

  • None, as full training is provided. We're open to everyone!

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

MEMANTA is a binational, family-run project on a remote beach focussing on sea turtle conservation. From February till June we're working on other projects including gardening, habitat restoration, research etc. Apart from daily chores, there is an optional activity program for volunteers in place that includes craft projects, classes, nature walks, fun trips, games etc. So it is a combination of volunteer work and vacation.


We offer two Programs: Volunteer (min. 2 weeks, 280 USD per week, sleep in cabin) and Project Assistant (min. 4 week, 245 USD per week, camping). Assistants take more duties / responsibilities and can use this as an internship.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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