Sea Turtle Research Internship in Guatemala

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This sea turtle research and mangrove conservation project is on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Sea turtles are increasingly under threat and becoming an endangered species. Play your part in ensuring their survival.

You will assist in conducting nightly patrols of beach areas in search of nesting sea turtles, collection and burial of eggs in the hatchery and collection of research data. The turtle season is from June to December with peak months of August and September for Olive Ridleys. For the much scarcer leatherbacks (who unfortunately are going extinct in the Pacific) the nesting season is November to January.

There are numerous other aspects of the sea turtle internship in which you can become involved; including sea turtle research, caiman breeding, environmental education and community projects.

Program Highlights

1. Work alongside scientists and biologists treating and rehabilitating various sea turtle species.

2. Have the opportunity for individual research and investigation.

3. Gain hands-on experience working in wildlife conservation.

4. Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.

5. Get involved in community projects and environmental education during turtle off-season.

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Program Details

  • $625 / £500 for the 1st week and $175 / £110 for each additional week
  • Guatemala: Hawaii

  • Fields

    Animal Sciences


    Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

  • Year(s) Offered

    Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability

  • Worldwide

  • $625 / £500 for the 1st week and $175 / £110 for each additional week

  • What's Included:
    * Project Fee includes all food, accommodation, in-country support, project activities and transport from the local town to the project HQ.

    What's Not Included:
    * Airport pickup, flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

    Airport pickup can be arranged for an extra $150 USD. This includes 2 nights accommodation at a hotel and all transport costs. This is highly recommended if it is your first time in Central America, and/or if you do not speak Spanish.

  • Experience Required


  • Online Application

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