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Spanish & Turtle Conservation in Mexico for Teens

Project Info
2 weeks
  • Sunday June 11th 2017 - Saturday June 24th 2017
  • Sunday July 2nd 2017 - Saturday July 15th 2017
  • Sunday July 23rd 2017 - Saturday August 5th 2017

  • Placement location: Cuyutlan and Tecoman, Colima
  • Types of placements: Turtle center, crocodile center, lagoon
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer house
  • Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
  • Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
  • Local Languages: Spanish

If you have a passion for marine wildlife and want to get actively involved in preserving endangered species and environments, join us in Mexico at our Conservation Project! The project is based in Colima, on the Pacific coast, where you will work at a turtle conservation center and a crocodile center. You will also work at a large lagoon located next to the turtle center.

Projects Abroad High School Special volunteers dig holes for turtle eggs in Mexico at the Conservation Project

During your two weeks abroad, you will participate in various activities aimed at protecting endangered turtle species, as well as crocodiles and birds. Working with turtles will be your main focus, and you will help count, collect, and bury the eggs in a corral to keep them safe from predators and poachers. Once the eggs have hatched, you will help release the hatchlings into the sea.

In addition to working with turtles, you will also get involved in our crocodile conservation work and contribute to a study of the wildlife in the local lagoon.

Learning Spanish is a big part of this High School Special. Classes will be held for two hours every day, five days a week, and are taught in small groups. Classes are highly interactive and you will be encouraged every step of the way. Whether you want to master the basics or improve your current level of Spanish, the teaching will be adjusted to your level.

Volunteers on the Conservation Project in Mexico live in a shared house close to a black sand beach. The house has a communal kitchen and a swimming pool and each volunteer will help with keeping this shared living space clean. Over the weekend, you will travel with our local staff to a beach resort, where you can relax and go swimming.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mexico Conservation Management Plan.

What are High School Specials? Community Service Credit

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