Welcome to Tartarukus Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Oaxaca, Mexico! Our volunteer program offers a unique and enriching opportunity for individuals interested in wildlife conservation and ecosystems.
Our program is designed to provide volunteers with hands-on training for sea turtle conservation, as well as opportunities to participate in beach clean-up activities, reforestation projects, and biodiversity monitoring.
What you will do as a volunteer for wildlife in Oaxaca, Mexico
As a volunteer, you will have the chance to participate in a variety of activities, including sea turtle conservation, beach clean-up, reforestation projects, and biodiversity monitoring. You will also work with community groups dedicated to the conservation of other species, such as crocodiles, and support the protection of vital ecosystems.
The work of a volunteer in sea turtle and wildlife conservation has a significant impact. Our work is done in conjunction with local organizations that work day by day on conservation or are starting their projects. Your work helps protect turtles in their natural habitat from egg poachers, and contributes to education and awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and marine ecosystems.
As a part of the volunteer experience, you will be able to support in these conservation activities depending on the season and the needs of Nature and the community groups:
- Walking on the beach at night to protect sea turtles and their eggs from hunters
- Releasing baby turtles
- Carrying out environmental education activities with the environmental brigades
- Supporting the crocodile breeding, assisting in feeding and maintaining the crocodiles
- Supporting the feeding and maintenance of White-tailed Deer, protected from the great persecution of the species throughout the coast.
- Tree planting in the jungle or coastal ecosystems
- Monitoring wildlife locating photo trap cameras
- We will release hatchlings that are hatching farther from the sea at dawn in natural habitat.
Volunteer with communities for sea turtle and wildlife conservation
We are committed to support and work with community groups dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles and other species, such as crocodiles and other ecosystems. By joining our volunteer program, you will be directly contributing to these conservation efforts and learning about the practices and techniques used by these communities.
By joining us, you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of Oaxaca while learning about natural living and supporting important conservation efforts. We would like to introduce you to our local partners, who are committed to protecting the unique and biodiverse ecosystems of Oaxaca.
Servicios de La Ventanilla
Dedicated to the conservation of one of the best preserved mangroves on the coast of Oaxaca, this community group has earned the certificate of Indigenous Paradise.
ADVC El Gavilán en Cozoaltepec
This group donated the El Gavilán rainforest to conservation and for the past 7 years they have been studying and monitoring the rainforest to ensure that it does not suffer threats and that it preserves its incredible wonders.
Centro Ecoturístico Escobilla
Community group has been dedicated for more than 20 years to the conservation of the world’s most important olive ridley nesting sanctuary.
Being the pioneers in ecotourism in Manialtepec, they show the beauties of their town, protecting nature and giving a special experience to visitors riding horses, which live in freedom, during the sunset on the beach.
Flor del Pacífico
Restarting this incredible ecotourism project, Flor del Pacífico is confronting the poaching of sea turtle nests, protecting the females during their nightly tours with visitors in complete safety.
Volunteering with turtles, crocodiles, and deer in La Ventanilla
In our volunteer experience in Mexico, we will join Ecotourism Services La Ventanilla. It is an indigenous community dedicated to the conservation of mangroves, its lagoon, and the wildlife protection area, known as UMA.
As a volunteer, you’ll play an important role in protecting and monitoring sea turtles. In addition, during our free time, we can visit nearby beaches such as Mazunte and Zipolite to enjoy their beautiful coastlines.
Sea turtles volunteering in Escobilla beach Sanctuary
You can experience the arribada phenomenon at Escobilla, a privileged community where tens (or hundreds) of thousands of sea turtles come to nest massively during the nesting season. from June to March, for 3 to 5 days per month.
During your free time, you can also visit nearby attractions such as Puerto Escondido and its incredible beaches. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in the conservation of sea turtles in Mexico.
Sea turtle conservation activities as a volunteer in Morro Ayuta
If you join to the turtle volunteering program in Mexico, you will live a unique experience at Morro Ayuta, a privileged beach close to Río Seco, the community where we will live.
This beach is home to more than one million sea turtles that come to nest every year, providing a unique opportunity to observe these amazing animals up close.
During your free time, you can also explore nearby attractions such as Huatulco for snorkeling, Barra de la Cruz for surfing, or Chipehua dunes.
Wildlife volunteering in ADVC El Gavilan
The jungle volunteering experience exploring El Gavilán, a stunning jungle spanning over 1100 hectares that has been donated for conservation by a group of over 60 people.
Together, we will monitor and protect the unique species that call this jungle home. Starting from San Francisco Cozoaltepec, we will embark on a journey to find the best places to place or collect photo-trap cameras.
Along the way, we will stop at scenic viewpoints and explore the most magical places in this wonderful jungle.
Where are you going to live?
This is a very simple map of Oaxaca coast. The best airport to arrive is Huatulco (HUX) to do the 11 days program in El Gavilan jungle, La Ventanilla, Escobilla and Morro Ayuta beaches.
Travelling in Oaxaca with not enough time to volunteer
If you are travelling in Mexico and you don’t have enought time to participate in long experiences more than a few days, but you would like to spend a bit of your time supporting local groups. Have a unique experience protecting turtles and wildlife! There are a few options for you:
Depending on the situation, you will be able to join to one group already gathered for the days that you are free in the program or make one itinerary for you to get involved in the conservation activities that you choose.
If you prefer to go on your own, but you would like to support the conservation activities, you can visit the local groups. Join them to their amazing tours and experiences in nature as part of their ecotourism services.