ECOLOGY / ENVIRONMENTAL:
Work in a Marine Turtle Institute in rural Uruguay. For animal science majors or anyone interested in ecology and marine life in South America.
OPTION 1: Available to start December, January or February
2 or 3 months only
Live with the Turtles in a designated “National Protected Area” in Uruguay, close to the border of Brazil. The area for this study is a rocky formation atop the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by smaller sandy beaches. Duties include:
Capturing and tagging young green turtles in coastal areas, Documentation of turtle activity during nesting and hatching, Analysis of dead or killed turtles for results and attempts at prevention, Helping with guided tours at the Turtle Center / Sanctuary, Assistance with rehabilitating injured, sick or lost turtles
First, candidates will participate in a 3 week Intensive Spanish Study Module, while living in Montevideo. After the course candidates then move to the work assignment site. Candidates will live on site in very basic, shared accommodation. Three simple meals per day are provided plus all transportation within the protected park area to the various turtle centers. Lots of international internship exposure here working alongside other volunteers from around the world.
OPTION 2: Available year round
Volunteer at a turtle research station within the main Zoo in Montevideo. The research centre’s main objective at present is to observe and determine the approximate numbers and general habits of juvenile green turtles in the zone, and the volunteer’s role is to participate in the daily collection of data, following the guidance of the research co-ordinators. This might involve:
- Assisting the researchers conduct post mortem examinations on turtle remains
- Helping to care for the recovering and rescued turtles and their pools
- Guiding visitors around the research center and explain its work
- Participating in talks and workshops with local people and tourists on turtle release days
- Keeping the research center clean and tidy, and cooking for the researchers and other volunteers
- Representing the turtles project in public events like Carnival (early February) and the annual Save the Sea Turtle festival (late March)