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Hatchling Season Volunteers in Sal Island, Cabo Verde 2018

The islands of Cape Verde constitute the worlds third most important nesting site for the Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), one of seven marine turtle species found worldwide. This incredible species is a critical link in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain the health of sea grass beds and coral reef systems that provide food and shelter for a vast array of other marine life.
If you are looking for your first experience working in conservation, are taking a career break, or just wish to spend your holidays doing something meaningful, this is the opportunity for you! We only take a limited number of volunteers each season and we are looking for people who want to do something really worthwhile during their free time and who are prepared for some challenging, but very fulfilling work.

During the hatching season, volunteers are responsible for the monitoring of Loggerheads nests in the hatchery and in the nesting beaches. Under the supervision of the coordinators, volunteers will take part in different activities:

Morning patrols on the main nesting beaches of Sal Island looking for nests that hatched during the previous night.

Over night shift on the project hatchery monitoring the nests that are due to hatch and releasing the hatchlings in nearby beaches.

Excavation of nests that hatched on previous night and collection of important scientific data. During those excavation volunteers will be also releasing any hatchlings left inside the nests.

Taking part in the educational activities with the community, schools and youth groups.

Maintenance of the material used during the season

As a volunteer, you may also get involved with other aspects of the outreach activities and assisting other local community-focused charities with small projects. With this experience youll learn about turtle conservation techniques and will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the survival of marine turtles.

Volunteers are based in an apartment in Santa Maria. You will be sharing bedroom with one or two more volunteers. Volunteers work six days each week and will have 1 day/night off to explore the island, enjoy diving, surfing and other watersports, or just lay on the beach and relax! The Project has agreements with different businesses that do a very good discount for our volunteers.

Living under these conditions can be challenging, extremely tiring and stressful, and will include work both at night and during the day. A good level of fitness and physical and mental energy is required as patrols are long. Shift patterns vary but you will have 1 day of rest per week.

Desire to participate in conservation
At least 18 years old
Understand written and spoken English
Good level of physical fitness
High level of energy and flexibility
Able to cope with physically challenging conditions (camping, long walks, late nights, hot weather, insects)
Ability to work and live with people of different backgrounds and nationalities

Volunteer Contribution: Volunteers contribution cover accommodation and utilities such as water and electricity. Meals are not provided. Food is not cheap here, but you will be able to safe some money by doing communal cooking. Volunteer contribution also provide critical funds needed to support basic but essential needs of the project, allowing us to patrol the beaches more effectively, and ultimately protect more turtles.

Contributions: One week 200
Two weeks 250
Three weeks 300

50 for each additional week.
Benefits: Volunteers will be provided with accommodation during their stay in an apartment in Santa Maria. You will also be able to enjoy discounts in dive clubs, surfing schools and nature excursions!

In addition to meals and accommodation, spending time in the project will give you an incredible opportunity to work closely with marine turtles and directly contribute to their conservation. You will gain valuable fieldwork experience, and be exposed to a wide range of cultures and backgrounds during your time with us.

Timing: We recommend a stay of 2 weeks minimum.
The period goes from 20 October until 9 December; Volunteers can apply at any point throughout the season.
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