At a glance
Join our Mexico Conservation Alternative Spring Break Trip and help protect our planet’s natural wildlife.
Here are some of the things you can expect to do on your Conservation Project:
- Work with expert conservationists at a local ecological center
- Actively protect endangered species like the Olive Ridley Turtle
- Do coastal conservation work at a nearby lagoon and black sand beach
- Collect scientific data that will be used by researchers across the Americas
- Work with wildlife like crocodiles and iguanas
Our Conservation Project in Mexico is located in Cuyutlan and on the Pacific coast of Colima. Here, you’ll work at a turtle conservation center (based close to a beautiful stretch of black sand beach), crocodile center, and a large lagoon next to the turtle center.
Working with turtles will be your main focus, and you’ll help count and collect eggs laid on the beach.
Most of the eggs are collected during night-time patrols and are then buried in a corral at the center to keep them safe from predators and poachers. If any eggs hatch while you are at the project, you can help release the hatchlings into the sea.
This project is suitable for anyone interested in doing something adventurous and spending time outdoors for spring break. It is a great opportunity for Sciences and Environmental Studies majors to get out of the lab and into the field.
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Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Where will I work in Mexico?
While you’re doing international wildlife conservation in Mexico, you’ll be based in Cuyutlan. With its black sand beaches, gentle waves, and laid-back attitude, Cuyutlan feels a world away from everywhere.
You’ll spend most of your time working at El Tortugario Centro Ecológico de Cuyutlan, and working directly at the beach or in a nearby lagoon. You’ll also work at La Colorada Crocodile Center once a week.
You'll stay in shared accommodation close to the beach. It’s a short distance from El Tortugario Centro Ecológico de Cuyutlan, so you have an easy commute to and from work everyday! The house is also only a few kilometers away from the center of the town.
Your accommodation has several single and shared bedrooms, as well as a communal kitchen and a swimming pool. Only volunteers of the same sex are permitted to share a room. You’ll all pitch in to help with some basic maintenance and cleaning at the house.
In your time off, you’ll have a chance to experience all that Mexico has to offer and socialize with the other volunteers.
What impact will I make in Mexico?
The aim of our Alternative Spring Break Conservation Project is to ensure the survival of endangered sea turtle species, and preserve the ecological well-being of the area.
The endangered turtles we work with can only lay their eggs on the beach. Unfortunately, these nesting areas are disappearing rapidly. This is because of climate change and increased human development. Poachers also take the eggs to sell at local markets. This is why we are working to protect as many of these nests as possible.
We work with several endangered turtle breeds in Mexico. These include:
- Green sea turtles
- Olive Ridley sea turtles
- Leatherback sea turtles
Leatherback turtles are critically endangered, and statistics about the leatherback turtle are especially frightening. There are only 2,300 female adult Pacific Leatherback turtles left in the wild!
In addition to protecting turtles, we’re helping with coastal conservation. We monitor the wildlife population, and collect scientific data for scientists and the local government. We’re also working to address coastal erosion by growing and planting mangroves. Not only do mangroves protect coastlines from soil erosion, they also provide a habitat for marine life, and help in the fight against climate change.
Join our Spring Break Conservation Project and become part of our long-term efforts to protect Mexico’s marine life.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team
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