WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Tragically, the fate of the sea turtle hangs in the balance in Guatemala, due to the ever increasing demand on the global market for eggs and hatchlings. Individuals from local communities plunder the precious eggs of the turtles when they come ashore to make their nests, in order to sell them on illegally. Because the nesting habits of these gentle reptiles are so specific, this poaching of the eggs and hatchlings causes tremendous and almost irreparable damage to the natural populations.
This project seeks to prevent further population decline from occurring, and to reverse the damage that is already been done. As well as aiding in the conservation of the magnificent sea turtles, other species such as caimans and iguanas are also protected within the programme.
Working towards sustainable conservation
Your environmental education and awareness-raising work will focus on encouraging indigenous people away from harmful practices such as harvesting turtles, and encourage marginalised communities to recognise that rational use of these resources are key to their preservation for the future. This truly is an incredible chance to make a difference to the protection of seriously endangered wildlife, whilst having an unforgettable experience and making friends for life.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The work on the project is multifaceted, combining a programme of practical conservation work with an extensive sustainable development agenda. The work involves;
monitoring and patrolling beaches
conducting behavioural observation on turtles feeding
assist nest hatching
collecting a variety of data on the beach
preparing materials for school education programme
If this is your first time doing conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with the science work. Although the work is intense you'll find that living in such a beautiful and inaccessible environment alongside friends who share your passion for conservation will be the experience of a lifetime!
You'll find your team to be a fun, dynamic mix of ages and experiences, with members who all share a passion about travelling in developing countries and saving endangered life. Your staff will be young, friendly individuals who are highly experienced in their field and many have also volunteered on a Frontier project earlier in their career.