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Don´t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference for these animals in need, while also learning the importance of marine life.
The Turtle Centre is located on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, in Salango in the province of Manabí, and is the only Centre of its kind. Injured turtles are brought here from all parts of Ecuador, since it´s the only one available in this specific field. Equipped with operating rooms, recovery tanks and professional veterinarians as well as volunteers, this establishment is completely equipped for its incoming and recovering patients.

The Pacific Whale Foundation is located in Puerto Lopez, whales visit this part of Ecuador between June and October each year, due to the cold Humboldt Current. As a volunteer you can observe these amazing animals and contribute to the research.

This volunteer opportunity is open and adaptable for anyone and might be especially interesting for animal lovers, nature & beach lovers, families, veterinarians or (marine) biologists.

Volunteer Activities
During your volunteer project you have some tasks or duties that you have to accomplish day by day, such as:

Turtle Project
- Take the turtles out of their tanks
- Introduction to the team, orientation and methodology
- Scrub turtles clean
- Empty and refill water tanks
- Cleaning water tanks
- Night patrol
- Beach cleaning from plastic

Whale Project
You will have a mix of Spanish classes (4 hours of Spanish lessons per week) held at the research centre, whale watching research (on the boat), behavioral data analyzation, help out with photo identification, comparison, and draw conclusions and results. At the end of your program you will receive a certificate of your attendance as a volunteer at the Pacific Whale Foundation. There is also an excursion to Isla de la Plata included for trekking and snorkelling.

Besides the daily tasks at the whale foundation, your own initiative is always highly appreciated. If you want to contribute extra to the project, share your ideas with the volunteer coordinator of the project. In the Ecuadorian culture people might be a bit shy in telling you what to do. Therefore, it will make your volunteer period more worthwhile if you show initiative - both for your own personal growth and the project. The people at this project are always very open to new ways of helping the program: so think about what you are passionate about, use your creativity and go for it!

The more involved you get in your work, the more responsibility you will be given as a volunteer once you have built a certain level of trust with the turtles and workers. Show initiative, work independently and don’t be afraid of working hard. They need all the help you can give them.

What is included
Meet and greet with project staff
Orientation day at project with English-speaking volunteer coordinator
Assistance before and during your time at the project by volunteer coordinator
Donation fee for Turtle project
Return transfer to turtle project on first day only
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About Your Location

The Turtle project is located in Salango, 15 minutes away from the vibrant and cozy city of Puerto Lopez, as well as Isla de la Plata, which is considered to be the “little Galapagos” on the mainland of Ecuador and the paradisiac beach “Los Frailes”, all located in the Machalilla
National Park.

The Whale project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Guayas.

You will have to travel first to Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil and then on to Puerto Lopez.

Work Schedule

Turtle Project:
Volunteers work from Monday to Friday in the mornings helping at the rescue center and cleaning the beach. Afternoons and weekends are free to discover the magical places in Puerto Lopez, interact with the locals or you can relax at the Beach. Optionally, you can book Spanish classes.

Whale Project:
Depending on your program, you will work sometimes in the weekends as well. It is a full program with much variety in activities and an average workday of 6-8 hours. It is important that you are on time and punctual to work.

During the week (Monday to Friday) you will get to work hands on with data collection and analysis. You will have four outings to the ocean to collect data varying between a half and full day trips depending on the schedule. Afterwards you share and analyse all the research material (cameras, GPS, sound recording etc.). Spanish lessons are held at the project location and will be distributed during the week depending on when you go out to the sea and how the weather is. On Saturday you will go over the results and conclusions.

Recommendations

Please remember that all the activities are necessary for the well-being of the animals and rescue center. Also, the more involved you get in your work the more responsibility you will be given as a volunteer once you have built a certain level of trust with the turtles and workers.

- Be willing to have a life changing experience
- Please check with your local doctor regarding any vaccinations that you may need before travelling to Ecuador; however rabies and tetanus vaccinations are recommended. A PCR test negative on arrival in Ecuador is also recommended.

This project is for animal lovers who do not mind getting their hands dirty!!

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic English is necessary
Basic Spanish is an advantage, but not required

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Arrival Package in Guayaquil
You can choose an Arrival Package in Guayaquil including transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Guayaquil, 1 night accommodation in private room, and private transfer from accommodation to bus station
Or you can choose the Arrival Package to also include a private transfer to Puerto Lopez (up to 3 pax in same vehicle).

Accommodation in Puerto Lopez
Accommodation is a volunteer house and you will be staying in same-sex dorm rooms. The rooms have their own bathroom. There is also a shared kitchen and a social area with hammocks and swimming pool. You will be provided with bedding and have wi-fi. The accommodation is basic and it is your duty to keep your living area clean.

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This project is available with or without an arrival transfer from Guayaquil Airport.
You can also choose an Arrival Transfer Package including private transfer to Puerto Lopez.

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Meals are self-catering at the volunteer house. There is a fully equipped kitchen available for you to use, or you can choose to have dinner at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the town where you can eat delicious meals for very low prices.
One shared dinner with the whole group is included during the week volunteering with the whales.

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Climate
The climate on the coast is hot and humid. The weather can change however it is often quite hot and sunny.

What to Bring
Lightweight, long & fast-drying work trousers, shorts, short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, rain jacket, cardigan
Sunglasses, sunblock & swimwear
Mosquito repellent
Small daypack
Prescription medication (if applicable)
Work gloves
Rubber boots
Flashlight/torch

Evenings & Weekends
In your spare time you can relax at the beach or take a trip to nearby Isla De Plata with much of the wildlife you will find on the Galapagos Islands.

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