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Hawksbill Conservation Volunteer Program in Nicaragua and El Salvador


El Salvador: Usulutan
Nicaragua: Chinandega

Program Duration

1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks


- Physically in good condition
- Minimum age of 18
- Travel & Medical insurance
- Being able to work in remote areas under basic conditions
- Available to volunteer for at least 1 week
- Know some basic Spanish or English

Applicants are not required to have prior experience working with sea turtles. During the first days of your stay, you will receive a full training in biology of sea turtles and field methodology. We are looking for people who are self-motivated, conservation-minded, and who are able to get along well with others. A positive and hard-working attitude and a love for the outdoors are a must. Any health problem must be communicated before making the application.


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

1 week 280 USD, 2 weeks 525 USD, 3 weeks 750 USD, 1 month 950 USD

Cost Includes:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Emergency evacuation services
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Written materials abroad

Program Fees Include:

- Pre-departure orientation and information package.
- Welcome meeting and arrival orientation at the project office.
- Three full meals a day
- Accommodation
- In-country orientation and training course on sea turtles by long term experienced staff
- In-country team & 24 hour emergency support
- Registration fee

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Biological Research
  • Community Development
  • Conservation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Environment
  • Wildlife

Typical Volunteer

Anyone who is motivated and enthusiastic is welcome at our volunteer program! Volunteers with a heart for sea turtles from all over the world can participate in conserving the Hawksbill Turtle. Furthermore you are independent, reliable and responsible. Working in a team of different nationalities is not a problem for you and you like to work on the beach. You should be fit, since you have to walk for several hours on the beach in all-weather circumstances looking for nesting hawksbill turtles!

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Exit Debriefing Abroad