In Guatemala - as well as in other parts of the earth - sea turtle eggs are supposed to be a delicacy and it’s said they have an aphrodisiac effect. Robbing sea turtle nests and the shrinking of their natural habitat led some species near extinction. Today collecting sea turtle eggs in Guatemala is allowed under the condition, that 20% of the eggs are brought to one of the many hatcheries and this system kind of works out. Nevertheless, this project is dedicated to the conservation and protection of sea turtles in the Guatemalan pacific region. The organization runs a hatchery and a rescue center for injured turtles and other maritime animals. During the season from August - January thousands of olive-ridley and leatherback baby turtles are bred and released into the sea. Furthermore, the project is involved in captive breeding of other endangered species, reforestation of mangroves and environmental education in the pacific region. Volunteers can get their hands dirty helping out in all the different activities here. The project offers (shared) rooms and meals for volunteers, and the remote location of this place can be challenging but is also a place of refuge from our modern hectic world.
Possible tasks: help out in the hatchery, night patrols, collecting data on sea turtles, help releasing the baby turtles, support the reforestation project, work in environmental education, support conservation of endangered species, taking care of injured turtles, help to clean the enclosures and prepare food, feed the animals
Calle Las Hiedras, Cochabamba, Cochabamba 0000, BO
"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi - It may sound naïve, but we actually believe that volunteering can change the world for the better. Acts of solidarity, global learning and intercultural exchange break down borders that exist between cultures and in your own mind. Anyone who has ever worked in another country, who has given his time and energy to a good cause, knows that this can be an unforgettable experience, even a life changing moment. Your own impressions and the ones you leave in others, the learning experiences on both sides, bring the world closer together.
Beyond South America is a small nonprofit agency in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It all started in 2012 with a few volunteer positions at "Casa de la Alegria", a foundation that provides therapeutic workshops to youth- and childcare projects in and around Cochabamba.
We are still a small, familiar organization but have grown over the years and by now have partnerships in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Guatemala. We are looking for enthusiastic, open-minded and skilled volunteers for a wide variety of positions in our handpicked projects.
The staff of Beyond South America have all lived their own lives of voluntary work all around the world, so we understand the needs of volunteers, their concerns and wishes. We also care about our collaborating organizations, we offer only sustainable projects, that guarantee safety and on site support for our volunteers.
We try to combine the needs of projects and volunteers with our work and work towards finding the right project for volunteers and the right volunteer for the projects. Therefore, we want to get to know you, learn more about your background, your abilities, desires and fears, in order to propose suitable projects to you.
Check out our vacancies and please note, that ALL the profit of Beyond South America still goes to the Foundation "Casa de la Alegría" supporting and sustaining their work. So volunteering with Beyond South America means, you contribute directly to a good cause, bettering the lives of children in Bolivia.
We'll work with your schedule.
Las HiedrasMonterrico, Guatemala
October 7, 2020
Teaching / Instruction
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 18
Duration: minimum 1 week
Useful skills: interest in environmental topics, good physical condition due to the humidity and the work, willing to get your hands dirty, experience in taking care of animals/reforestation/environmental protection