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Join our team on the beaches of Mexico to help conserve and protect the sea turtles. Find yourself learning to surf and immersing yourself in a new culture!

Program Highlights: 
  • Gain hands-on experience working for marine and wildlife conservation
  • Ethical wildlife interactions and volunteer tasks 
  • Experience the language and culture of another country, surrounded by sandy beaches and friendly locals 
  • Spanish lessons and volunteer activities are offered throughout the week
  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to take two surf lessons during the week 

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum one-week commitment): 

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the accommodations for check-in and an introduction. 

Days 1-5, Monday-Friday: Volunteers will begin their day at 8:30 AM with breakfast, followed by Spanish lessons. There is a one-hour lunch break at 12:30 PM. After lunch, volunteers will begin their volunteer activities. Daily tasks will include beach conservation through waste collection, turtle monitoring- including counting and marking their eggs, night monitoring on the beaches and turtle releases. Some days will include surf lessons. Dinner is arranged at 6:00 PM and nightly volunteer activities will begin at 8:00 PM. 

Day 6, Saturday: Free day for volunteers to relax or explore the area. 

Day 7, Sunday: Free day for volunteers extending. Departure day for volunteers staying only one week. 

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of working Monday- Friday and Saturdays-Sundays free. 


Please note: Volunteers who do not have an advanced or native level of Spanish must join the program for a minimum duration of two weeks (the first week will be Spanish courses.) 
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Location of the Project:  Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Project length:  Min 1 - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM)
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Volunteer Work:  Wildlife and marine conservation
Age:  18-80. Volunteers aged 16 and 17 may apply with parental consent and will stay with local host families.
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, single-gender rooms in cabins
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Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation:  All necessary training and introductions are provided upon arrival.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Meals, flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses.
The project is based on the beautiful beaches of Puerto Escondido in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist city, famous for its white-sand beaches and large waves for surfing competitions. The bay of Puerto Escondido is located along the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most culturally rich and diverse states in Mexico, making it one of the most important and oldest tourist destinations on the Oaxacan coast. 
Puerto Escondido is a very popular beach and surf destination. Volunteers will help with the conservation of endemic species, such as turtles and reptiles of Oaxaca who are vulnerable and threatened by tourism, illegal hunting, climate change and pollution of beaches and the sea. 

Daily tasks
Daily tasks will include beach conservation through waste collection, turtle monitoring- including counting and marking their eggs, night monitoring on the beaches and turtle releases. 
Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available for use.
Laundry
Laundry:  There are laundry facilities nearby that are available for an extra fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in shared cabins with clean sheets, blankets and towels. The site has hot water showers and flushing toilets. Minors will be placed with local host families.
Food:  Meals are not included, but there are restaurants nearby.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • General good health in order to endure working in hot and humid conditions 
  • While Spanish classes are provided, volunteers should have a basic level of Spanish. 
  • Volunteers who do not have an advanced or native level of Spanish must join the program for a minimum duration of two weeks (the first week will be Spanish courses.)
Volunteers often travel within Puerto Escondido during their free time or before the program starts. Some places you may want to check out include:

Beaches in Puerto Escondido such as Carrizalillo, Bacocho, Puerto Angel and Punta Zicatela. You can swim at some beaches and other beaches are just for surfing.

Mazunte is a town near Puerto Escondido. You can visit this small town in one day and enjoy a hike at Punta Cometa, a place with stunning views, especially during sunset.

Chacahua is a National Park with 10 different types of vegetation, 246 species of flowers and 189 species of animals. There you can swim in bioluminescence, surf and camp. 
 
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