Sea turtle and Habitat Conservation

Project name:


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):





Central America

Direct benefits you gain:

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

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)


Tents or shared Cabin

When does the project run?

All year (turtle season is July-January


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


  • 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.

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