Volunteering with turtles is a truly unforgettable experience and it also helps to secure these marine animals with a future for years to come. Turtle volunteers are essential because all of the seven species of sea turtle are all listed as either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered, and without action, soon enough, this damage will be irreversible.
It is hard enough for sea turtles as hatchling survival rates are so low due to baby turtles being ideal prey for many predators both on land and in the sea, but the biggest threats that turtles face are due to human activity. These threats include hunting, overfishing, climate change and pollution - we are sure many of you will have seen videos on social media of endless turtles caught in nets or swimming amongst large amounts of rubbish. However, by joining one of our turtle volunteer programs, you can help to protect the animals from these threats!
Our turtle volunteer projects are located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, from dazzling Costa Rica to pristine Sri Lanka. By volunteering with turtles with The Great Projects, you could be in with a chance of caring for the turtles by collecting and protecting eggs, maintaining tanks and night patrols on the beach!
They need you, so secure a place to volunteer with turtles today!
There are 7 different species of turtle, all of which are listed as either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. The most endangered species of sea turtle is the Kemp's Ridley. Whilst population numbers are difficult to calculate, it is said that less than 10,000 kemp ridley turtles remain.
10,000 may seem like a lot, but when you consider that more than 100,000 nested on the shores in a single day back in the 1940s, the extent of their decline in such a short space of time should be a serious concern for all. Therefore, having people volunteer with turtles is one of the only hopes of providing them with a future.
Sea turtles face a variety of different threats, and while some of them are natural, many are due to human activity and something must be done.