PLACEMENTS

Sea Turtle Conservation

Join the sea turtle conservation program in Ghana to protect endangered olive ridley, green and leatherback sea turtles along the Ghanaian coast. Working on beach patrols, nesting sites, hatchery supervision and rescuing caught Sea Turtles.

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Placement Overview

About the placement

Join our new sea turtle conversation project and assist in protecting endangered sea turtle species such as the Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle. Take part in beach patrols to collect data on nesting sites and sea turtle activity, relocate eggs to specially constructed hatchery to protect the eggs during their at risk period, ensure hatchery is safe and secure to help increase hatching and population targets for these species.

Why this placement?

Sea turtles are a key stone species which means they have a crucial influence on their environment and surrounding species. Unfortunately as globally experienced, sea turtle numbers declined due to accidental capture in fishing gear, hunted for their meat and habitat destruction due to climate change and human impact. By assisting in data collection and conservation tasks we aim to play our part in the protection of eggs and hatchlings to protect population numbers as part of the global effort.

What is included in this placement?

Support Staff – Accommodation – House Utility Bills – Pre Departure Support

Support Staff – You will have both pre departure support from our head office team and then in country support at the project sites with you to ensure you have a smooth transition into a new culture and answer any queries you may have.

Accommodation – Living with your fellow volunteers and support team you will have the benefit of a tight knit family feel and always ensuring there is someone to chat to and plan your free time activities. For full information on the accommodation provided please see below in the dedicated part of the listing.

How do I get to the placement?

Depending on your team allocation and location assigned you may be a short distance to the beach that requires patrolling on that shift. You have the option to walk, cycle or take a short shared taxi ride depending on the distance.

For the further communities where we run bycatch monitoring to rescue and protect sea turtles caught in fishing nets then this would be in the communities of Akwidaa and Dixcove and can cost approximately $5 for a return trip in a shared taxi.

What will I be doing?

The core pillars of the conservation project at this time are; Beach Patrols, Hatchery Supervision & Data Collection.

Beach Patrols – Through the night you will be allocated a shift and beach stretch where you will monitor the beach looking for signs of nesting, during this shift you will log your miles and stretch of beach patrolled. Upon finding a nest, depending on location we would aim to transport these safely to the dedicated hatchery to increase their chance of survival and protect them from outside threats. Upon spotting sea turtles you will be responsible for logging the details for ongoing monitoring such as photograph, verifying species, approximate size, location etc.

Hatchery Supervision – When assigned on hatchery duties you will be supervising the location to ensure a safe environment away from any threats such as dogs or birds etc and making any necessary fence repairs or fixes.

Data Collection – Processing the data collected by the beach patrol teams or from your previous night shift, ensuring this is processed in a clear and accurate manner to share with our conservation partners both in Ghana and overseas.

Depending on volunteer team numbers and workload we also aim to run community awareness schemes to highlight the importance of sea turtles and their impact, tagging of adult sea turtles caught by fishermen and ensuring their safe return to the ocean and then providing this tagging information to worldwide organisations to assist in the tracking and monitoring of adult populations and establishing a fishing exchange where fishermen who have caught sea turtles as by catch can turn over the sea turtle to us for a fixed fee or item to prevent it being sold to traders for meat etc.

Who will I be working with?

Depending on the numbers of volunteers at a time we aim to group volunteers into couples or small groups especially at the start of your trip until you complete the training and feel comfortable, however there may be periods of time further down the line where this is not possible due to the amount of beach to be covered during the patrols for example.
Our support team will always be closeby between the project sites or accommodation should you need any further support or assistance when in country.

What do we expect from a volunteer?

All we request is the passion and drive to make a difference with us, one step at a time. Being able to get involved and stuck in will help you much more with this project especially with the community cleanup days which can be tiring in the heat and humidity. The greatest traits of a volunteer are enthusiasm, empathetic and the ability to adjust to alternative cultures. You will get the most of our your trip by opening your mind to new experiences and beliefs whilst also bringing your own to the table.
We expect volunteers to visit their placements Monday – Friday, exceptions can be made for long weekends of travel etc.

What can you expect from us?

We will be on hand any time of any day to support you in your placement and trip as a whole. There will always be someone you can speak to or get a hold of should you want to discuss anything or require any guidance, from organising and altering your timetable to changing your placement. Our team living in the volunteer house will also be able to offer advice regarding travel plans and the local area so you will soon feel at home.

What should I bring?

In terms of your placement make sure you bring at least one strong pair of shoes and full length trousers/tracksuit. Fundraising for patrol materials and hatchery improvements is a great way you can ensure you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive and make a lasting impact in our lovely communities which we know you will come to love upon arrival.

Typical working day

  • Wake up to cook and have breakfast with your fellow volunteers or prepare materials for the day.
  • 10:30am to 11:30am – Team meeting to review previous nights beach patrol.
  • Lunch Break
  • 1pm to 4pm – Daily Activities depending on assignment and current workload which can include;
    • Monitoring of hathchery, replenishing sand when needed and making any repairs to keep structure safe.’
    • Educational Outreaches, School Partnerships and Community Sensitisation.
    • Data Processing and logging of nesting sites, successful releases, species monitored etc.
    • Visiting neighbouring communities on fishing bycatch rescue missions of adult sea turtles.
    • Community farming support
  • Free time to explore the local beaches, forests and villages as well as chance to get to know your fellow volunteers and in house activities such as games nights, local language and cooking lessons.
  • 12:00am to 2:30am – Night time beach patrols checking for nesting sites and data collection.
  • 6:00am to 8:00am – Morning patrol checking for any missed nesting sites and hatchery check in.

    (Patrols are rota based with your fellow volunteers)

Requirements

What’s Included

Dates & Fees

Program fees

You can find the current cost of our weekly fees along with a detailed breakdown of what’s included by clicking here.

We offer the lowest priced international volunteering fees in Ghana and run as a not for profit with no registration fees or hidden charges.

Duration Cost (US Dollars)
1 Weeks $177
4 Weeks $708
8 Weeks $1,416
16 Weeks $2,832

Duration

1 week minimum – There is no maximum duration and we would suggest staying as long as possible to achieve the biggest social impact possible.

Availability

– Sea turtle nesting season in Ghana is between September to March so the project is only available within these months.

– You are able to arrive any time of day and any flight, our airport collections driver can collect you from Kotoka International Airport in Accra and bring you to the the volunteer accommodation or you can fly to Kotoka International Airport in Accra then get a domestic internal flight to Takoradi Airport where our support team can meet you or arrange an airport collection.

– Ideally we prefer for volunteers to arrive the first week of the month. Between the 1st – 7th each month.

“One of the best experiences of my life. I’m glad to experience this, I have met wonderful people and made real friendships. The Ghanaian people are so welcoming and share their culture with you, they are so open minded and free to work with.”

~ Jeremy F / Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer

 The trip was a unique experience for me! My expectations were exceeded by far and I am glad to have found the project. If you don’t mind getting up at night on patrols to find turtles and eggs, this project is great. In addition to working at school, on the farm and collecting and recycling plastic waste on the beach, this project is very versatile and never gets boring. I can only recommend this project!

– Lara S / Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer (Dec 2022)

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