Project: Sea turtles in Kenya
Sea turtles are large, air-breathing reptiles that inhabit tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world. Their streamlined bodies and large flippers make them remarkably adapted to life at sea. However sea turtles spend their biggest part of their lives at sea, for their propagation they depend on land. The females come ashore to lay eggs in the sand.Therefore baby sea turtles start their lives ashore, not in the sea.
This project is interested in the conservation of several sea turtles and in particular the Leatherback-, the Green- and the Hawksbill sea turtle, which all nest on the beaches of Kenya.
Volunteering with sea turtles in Kenya; The project is founded in 1979 as a part of an already existing organization, who focuses on preservation of sea life. This project is created to protect sea turtles and their environment in Kenya through e.g. rehabilitation, research, education, campaigns and local population development. Involving the local community is an essential part of the project with the intention to continue this in the future.
Volunteers are welcome throughout the whole year, (only December in consultation) Start monthly every Monday with a minimum stay of 2 weeks.
- Minimum age of 18 year, unless accompanied by a parent/care taker;
- Communicate in English;
- Vaccinations aren’t required at this project, but vaccinations against DTP, hepatitis A and Yellow fever are recommended. It is also suggested to take malaria tablets. (For additional vaccines and/or information we advise you to visit your local clinic).
|Perioe||Price per person|
|2 weeks||€ 830,00|
|3 weeks||€ 1.105,00|
|4 weeks||€ 1.365,00|
|every extra week||€ 250,00|
|prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2017|
- 1 meal (lunch) a day (not during the weekend)
- Donation to the project
- Training and support
- Administration costs
The accommodation for volunteers is a new house located on the project site, only a five minutes’ walk to the ocean. Normally spoken you’ll share the bedroom and bathroom with another volunteer. There is warm and cold water, 2 roofed living areas and a roofed dining. You can also use a little plunge pool to cool down in.
After arrival you’ll start with an introduction. Volunteering with turtles may include:
- Beach patrols: Assist turtle patrols, which often are at night on different hours, to help with activities like following and/or protecting nests and the baby turtles who just left the eggs; Assisting with marine patrols to collect information concerning illegal fishing activities and killed sea turtles;
- Digging out nests: After a sea turtle has nested it is important knowing how many eggs are laid successfully;
- Assist releasing sea turtles and research: Participation in releasing sea turtles and related research is a very popular activity for volunteers. You can be assured that you’ll be involved in this during your stay at the project;
- Turtle rehabilitation: Possibly there is a turtle in rehabilitation during your stay at the project. They need your help as volunteer to feed, clean the tank and bring the sea turtle for a ‘bath’.
- Monthly research on environmental pollution;
- GPS mapping;
- Certain periods in a year, counting of sea turtles in the marine park lagoon;
- Replanting mangroves;
- Analyzing research data;
- Assist educational activities;
- Assist development activities for the local community.
You will work 5 days/nights a week (about 7/8 hours a day 2/3 hours a night) and have 2 days off each week.
The project is situated at the northeast coast of Kenya, in a real Swahili (or Bajuni) fishing village which has grown throughout the years to a little beach resort. The area offers a good range of shops, just as medical facilities. There are internet facilities, local- and tourist restaurants and 2 nice African bars/discos.
Accept relaxing on the beach you can do lots of other things during your spare time. Like outstanding snorkeling and diving conditions, long walks on the beach, boat and dhow boat trips, visit the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, visit the bigger city Malindi, etc.
You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to this project in Kenya. Detailed travel information will be provided after your booking.
The project staff consists of a full time staff: a project manager, a volunteer coordinator, education officer, marine centre assistant and field leader. The staff is very enthusiastic and enjoys training and working with volunteers and learning them a lot. The language spoken at the project is English.