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Guatemala Sea Turtle Conservation

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Guatemala Sea Turtle Conservation

Help to protect and conserve some of Guatemala’s most enigmatic creatures – the sea turtles. Monitor nests and nesting mothers along remote beaches, and help the youngsters after hatching!

Prices from US$1,045

Guatemala is an entrancing country of extremes – with its spectacular active volcanoes, dusky and diverse forests and complex historical and cultural heritage; it is an ideal gap year or year out destination. It is a place steeped in the mystique of the indigenous people that have existed here for millions of years, and its flora and fauna are as wild and untamed as its complicated history. Its forests and beaches contain some of the most intriguing wildlife found on earth, and it is known to be a place of astounding biodiversity. Its animal inhabitants include the charming sea turtles that glide through the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, and nest on Guatemala's beaches as they have done since the dawn of time. However their population numbers are tragically falling due to threats inflicted by humans, particularly as a result of the increased demand on the illegal black market. Join this incredible project and contribute to the fight to protect these charismatic creatures.



  • Explore this enchanting Central American location
  • Contribute to the fight to protect the charismatic sea turtle
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Guatemala
Activities Monitoring & 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
Transport Volunteers must make their own way to the project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer accommodation


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

Local orientation and training 
Airport pick-up
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


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.


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.


Upon arrival into Guatemala City Airport on the Monday, volunteers will be picked up by a local Frontier representative and transported to the project site.  Please arrive on the Monday.


Whilst you are volunteering on this valuable project, you will be staying in clean, comfortable, shared accommodation with your fellow volunteers. You will be in dormitories with bunk beds, and will have access to a clean, simple bathroom with flushing toilet, and a communal kitchen.


Whilst staying on the project, all meals will be provided. This is a great chance to taste some of the Guatemalan staples of hand-made corn tortillas, black beans and eggs, as well as vegetables, meats and fruits.  

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In your spare time you can explore the local area and try some of the fantastic adventure activities that are available in Guatemala. These include hang-gliding, bungee jumping, diving, and horse trekking amongst many others. Alternatively, you might like to go on a guided trek through the jungle, or go shopping for unusual arts and crafts in the nearby towns. There are so many things to do that you certainly won’t have any trouble filling your time off!


2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$345


Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday.


From 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Project equipment & materials
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Guatemala City (GUA)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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