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Are you passionate about sea turtles and interested in species conservation? Did you know that by protecting sea turtles, we are protecting an entire ecosystem? Yes, sea turtles are a key species for maintaining the marine ecosystem. In this project, you can get close to nature in a unique way, learn about marine life and its importance, support conservation and environmental education, and advocate for the environment. In our Turtle Protection Project, you will ensure that the turtle eggs do not fall prey to predators or animals and that the hatched babies are safely released into the sea. Assist the team with evening patrols on the beach and bring the turtle eggs safely to the hatchery. Not only can you do something good for nature, but you can explore exciting Mexico at the same time. Work on dream beaches near Puerto Escondido and enjoy your free time at the beach.


Type of program

Program location

Working time

Program start


Minimum age









Turtle sanctuary

Bajos de Chila, Puerto Escondido, Mexico

approximately 8 hours, 5 days

Every 1st Saturday of the month

1-6 months

18 years

Spanish (basic knowledge)

Loves animals and close to nature

In the village of Bajos de Chila

Shared room in the volunteer house

Not included

German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp

Mobile internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel

From 1,200.00 €


Type of program: Turtle sanctuary

Program location: Bajos de Chila, Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Working time: about 8 hours, 5 days

Program start: Every 1st Saturday of the month

Duration: 1-6 months

Minimum age: 18 years

Language: Spanish (basic knowledge)

Requirements: Love animals and close to nature

Location: In the village of Bajos de Chila

Accommodation: Shared room in the volunteer house

Meals: Not included

Support: English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp

Internet: Mobile Internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel

Price: from 1,200.00 €

Baby Schildkröten in Kokosschale mit Freiwilligen am Sandstrand in Mexiko
Baby Schildkröten am Sandstrand auf dem Weg zum Meer in Mexiko
Freiwillige hält Baby Schildkröte in Schale am Sandstrand in Mexiko


Baby turtle in shell in Mexico
Group of young people sitting on beach in Mexico

Are you interested in the great sea creatures? Do you want to get your hands dirty digging the nests? For all turtle fans and nature enthusiasts, our Turtle Protection project in Mexico is the place to be.

The Turtle Protection Organization is an NGO that has been protecting thousands of turtles in the Puerto Escondido region every year for over 20 years. The mission of the organization is to protect and conserve the species of sea turtles that nest on the shores of this paradisiacal place.

Currently, there are 8 species of sea turtles, all of which are threatened with extinction. The population in the sea is constantly decreasing and fewer and fewer turtles come to the beaches. This is partly because the valuable turtle eggs are stolen and sold, or dug up and eaten by animals. On the other hand, their natural habitat is becoming smaller and smaller or they die from plastic waste and fishing nets in the sea. Especially crowded beaches, with many lights at night, drive away the marine life.

Our partner organization needs the support of volunteers to protect the turtles from theft and pollution and to increase their population again. Your help is needed during the daily control walks on the beach. This involves documenting the turtles that come ashore and checking them for health. The turtle nests are carefully opened and the eggs taken to the hatchery at camp until the little babies hatch and are safely released into the sea.

Mexico is the country with the most sea turtle visits, as 7 of the 8 species nest on Mexico’s beaches and 4 different species are found on the coasts of Oaxaca. Sea turtles play a very important role in the ecological balance of the ocean. This is because the turtles eat jellyfish, for example, and thus regulate their population. By maintaining the jellyfish population, the pH of the ocean remains in balance, allowing phytoplankton to perform good photosynthesis and providing us with 70% of the oxygen we breathe. So maintaining the ecological balance in the ocean is essential for a sustainable future.

Therefore, environmental education is also a fundamental pillar of the project. Creating environmental awareness among locals and also tourists is crucial, as this is the way to bring about real change. Get involved and contribute your new ideas. School groups also visit the project on a regular basis, which is a unique opportunity to educate children about species conservation, and show them how they can protect nature themselves. Likewise, the staff visit schools in the area and give presentations. Working with the locals is great fun and you can learn a lot about the flora and fauna of Mexico yourself. In addition, the project works on various programs for the conservation and protection of wildlife and participates in beach cleaning and environmental protection activities.

In this project you can get to know the beauty of Oaxaca’s beaches, experience Mexican culture first hand and make a huge contribution to nature conservation and the climate.

Kind spielt mit Kokosschale am Sandstrand in Mexiko
Baby Schildkröten erreich das Meer und wird von der Welle erfasst in Mexiko
Freiwilliger hilft Baby Schildkröte am Sandstrand in Mexiko


Many different tasks will come your way in Turtle Camp. The main task is of course to protect the turtles. In addition, good teamwork and lots of fun are always on the agenda.

Get your hands dirty digging up the eggs. Do you have no problem with physical activity and do you like being in nature? Help out in the project with the evening patrols on the beach and document the turtles that have come ashore. The sea turtles only come to the beaches at dusk or at night and lay their eggs. This nocturnal activity patrols a total of 17 miles of beach every night using quads or SUVs. The main working hours are at night from around 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. During this time there are three different shifts, from 21:00 – 00:00, 00:00 – 03:00 and 03:00 – 06:00. The shifts are divided among the employees and volunteers.

Along the way, it’s not uncommon to encounter wild animals or even be lucky enough to spot the rare phenomenon of bioluminescence in the Manialtepec Lagoon.

When you find eggs, you notify the team at camp that they are preparing a new nest in the hatchery. Now you make sure that the eggs get to the camp safely. Also make sure the animals are in good health and report injured turtles.

Be there when the little ones hatch. The nests in the hatchery are constantly monitored from now on. In addition, there is always something to do around the nests. Digging the deep holes in the sand is real teamwork and the eggs must always be well secured so that no other animals can get to them. Now the time has come! The babies hatch and you can be there up close! In the project, new turtles hatch almost every day during turtle season. Now it’s your job to give the turtles a safe way to their natural habitat. Many tourists come to the so-called “Turtle Release” every day to watch the spectacle. The turtle release always takes place at sunset from around 6 p.m. Here you receive the tourists on the beach, give a speech about the project and explain to them how to handle the babies properly when they are released.

In the morning, when the sun isn’t that strong, the volunteers take care of the nests. The nests of the hatched turtles have to be cleaned and new holes dug in the sand for the next eggs.

Get creative and get involved in environmental protection campaigns. The team is constantly organizing new activities to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and educate local people. Help craft materials and posters and support the regular beach clean-ups. You can also guide groups of students and tourists through the camp and enlighten them about your important work. The volunteers can also help with the environmental education of children in the surrounding schools. There is also an initiative to reforest mangrove forests and an organic garden.

From around 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. you have free time and can relax. You also have two days off a week.

große Schildkröte sonnt sich am Strand und wird von der Welle nass gemacht in Mexiko
Baby turtle in hand in Mexico
Kinder lernen Anatomie von Schildkröten in Mexiko

Bajos de Chila

The small village of Bajos de Chila is about 15 minutes by taxi from Puerto Escondido. If you love the sea and like it more relaxed than turbulent, the beautiful beaches at Bajos de Chila are just right for you. There you will find the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the region. There is also a practically untouched beach where the giant leatherback turtle likes to come to nest. You won’t find any paved streets or supermarkets there, but you can experience authentic Mexico. The volunteer house is quiet and secluded as there are only a few houses in Bajos de Chila. In the village you have the opportunity to meet the locals and spend time with them instead of just tourists. This way you can get to know Mexican culture, improve your Spanish and make friends. If you want to take the “Colectivo” to Puerto Escondido in your free time, you have to allow half an hour each way.

The city of Puerto Escondido is perfect for an unforgettable weekend adventure. It’s not for nothing that Puerto is one of the hottest places among young Mexicans and backpackers from all over the world. There are many hostels and hotels downtown and from there you can quickly reach the surrounding beaches and are surrounded by bars, restaurants and supermarkets. At the end of the long beach of Puerto Escondido is the beautiful district of La Punta. There are no paved roads here, but there are nice restaurants and a brilliant surfing spot for beginners and professionals. Surfers, globetrotters and adventurers from all over the world meet here.

In addition to your work on the project, you can book lessons at the many local surf schools, learn Spanish or just relax on the beach with cool people. The beaches of Oaxaca are among the absolute best surfing spots in the country. At the time of the surf contests it gets turbulent because the international surf elite meets in Puerto.

wide road with palm trees in Mexico
Woman walking on sandy beach with high waves in Mexico
Street with VW bus in La Punta, Puerto Esconidido
Surfing waves Puerto Escondido, Mexico


The prerequisite is not only to love turtles, but also to be enthusiastic about environmental protection. You should be motivated to learn a lot of new things and also be physically involved. Working 8 hours a day can be quite exhausting, but the team supports each other and it is always a lot of fun. You should like to be in nature and like it quiet, because you will live away from the hustle and bustle in a small village in the middle of nature.

You should also have a certain degree of independence, as volunteers are expected to perform tasks without the guidance of staff. On site, you will take care of the grocery shopping and cooking on your own.


The national language in Mexico is Spanish. Since you will have a lot of contact with locals, a basic knowledge of Spanish is required. In the project not all employees speak English, so every word of Spanish is an advantage. If you don’t have any knowledge of Spanish yet, we will gladly organize a 1-week language course for you before the start of the project. You can do the language course directly in Puerto Escondido at the coolest and best language school in town. The Mexican teachers put a lot of emphasis on speaking freely from the beginning, so that you can talk to the locals as soon as possible. Your knowledge will improve effortlessly.


During your time in the Turtle Protection Program, you will live in a shared room with other volunteers. There is a special volunteer house in the small village of Bajos de Chila. There are only a few houses in the village, so it is very quiet and away from the hustle and bustle. There is an equipped shared kitchen and a large common area available in the house. The house is very simply equipped and the standard cannot be compared with Germany. But you will quickly get used to it and get to know authentic Mexico. Meals are not included, but the volunteers are happy to cook together and you will find everything you need in the kitchen.

The accommodation is approximately 4 kilometers from the beach. You will find small shops in the center of the village and a few cheap Mexican restaurants. There are large supermarkets and ATMs in Puerto Escondido. The journey to Puerto Escondido by taxi takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Außenbereich mit Hängematten und Sitzbänken
Garten des Volunteer Hauses
Mehrbettzimmer mit Stockbetten im Volunteer Haus


Silvia is originally from Munich and she liked it so much in Mexico during a world trip more than 15 years ago that she moved her life center to the Rivera Maya in Quintana Roo a few years later. She is very involved with the lived traditions and rituals of the locals. She knows the area very well and always discovers the beauty of the diverse nature and likes to share this with everyone who lands in Mexico for the first time. She speaks German, English and Spanish.
Silvia will take care of you during your orientation in Playa del Carmen. For questions of any concern during your stay in Latin America, an English-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone.

contact person Silvia



Single room:

1st month in the starter package: €1,420.00
Extension month: €900.00
As a 2nd or 3rd program: €1,380.00

Double room:

1st month in the starter package: €1,360.00
Extension month: €860.00
As a 2nd or 3rd program: €1,330.00

Multi-bed room:

1st month in the starter package: €1,200.00
Extension month: €790.00
As a 2nd or 3rd program: €1,170.00


Teilnehmerin vor Aquarium


“My tip is to stay relaxed and calm and let it come to you. No expectations, just let it happen. It will be much better than you think. See the sea every day and do what you want, free from your heart.”