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Turtle Conservation Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation efforts and want to make a difference? Do you want to help the endangered sea-turtles on the beaches of Guatemala? Then you should join our Turtle Conservation volunteer opportunities in Guatemala!

The beaches of Guatemala were once brimming with a huge population of sea-turtles during the nesting season. But,

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unfortunately, the population of turtles in Guatemala has been decreasing over the past few decades due to unsustainable and harmful fishing practices, devastating human impacts, increased tourism, and habitat destruction. There is also a high demand for turtle products in the market, which leads to turtles being hunted and their eggs stolen from their nests. All these factors have endangered sea-turtles and they are in urgent need of your help!

By joining this Turtle Conservation volunteer program, you will gather crucial data that will be used to further research on sea-turtles and come up with effective ways to safeguard and protect them. You will get an amazing opportunity to work hands-on with sea-turtles under professionals and aid in their conservation. You will make a positive impact in the population of sea-turtles and help this endangered species thrive. With your support, the sea-turtles will be able to live long and safe lives that also benefits many other marine species.

Are you interested in helping the incredible sea-turtles? If your answer is yes, contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about our Turtle Conservation volunteer in Guatemala!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

During your Turtle Conservation volunteer in Guatemala, you will work under the supervision of scientists and turtle experts to save sea turtles in a number of ways. Your duties and responsibilities will vary spending on the needs of the project, the season and your specific skill set. Work hours may be in the morning, afternoon, evening or night.

You will be assisting with collection of data and count the nesting females, eggs, hatchlings and tag the turtles. You will rescue the injured and sick turtles and assist with their recovery so they can be safely returned back to the ocean. You will safeguard the nesting turtles and their eggs by patrolling the beaches. You will rescue injured turtles, relocate the eggs and when the hatchlings emerge, you will help them make their way back into the ocean. You will also educate the local community about the importance of conserving this ancient species and take part in beach cleaning activities.

The Turtle Conservation volunteer in Guatemala project provides an amazing opportunity for volunteers to join marine conservation efforts. You will also get the opportunity of a lifetime to work with experienced conservationists and learn from them while gaining hands-on experience with the amazing sea-turtles. You will feel fulfilled knowing your time volunteering abroad has made a real and lasting difference in the lives of many animals.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific skills or qualifications required for the Turtle Conservation volunteer in Guatemala. What you will need is a passion for helping animals and conservation work. You will be working outdoors for long periods of time and doing manual labor, so you need to be physically fit. Volunteer schedules may change suddenly and you may be required to work in both day and night shifts. So, you will also need to be flexible and hard-working, and able to live in a remote area with limited facilities.

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers over the age of 18 from around the world. Volunteers who are at least 16 can also volunteer on their own with parental consent. Volunteers below the age of 16 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent, guardian or faculty leader.

Basic Spanish skills will be helpful though not mandatory. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. You can spend a whole week doing an immersion class before you begin your project or take classes while you volunteer.

Program Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Global Crossroad volunteer programs begin every Monday year-round. We still allow flexibility if you have travel constraints. Volunteers can join our programs from 1 week up to 12 weeks.


Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Antigua, Guatemala volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala application and registration fee costs US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in the USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project (via the country coordinator). This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and are not for company profit.

Weeks Program Fees
  1 Week N/A
  2 Weeks $810
  3 Weeks $1,075
  4 Weeks $1,330
  5 Weeks $1,580
  6 Weeks $1,830
  7 Weeks $2,080
  8 Weeks $2,330
  9 Weeks $2,580
  10 Weeks $2,830
  11 Weeks $3,080
  12 Weeks $3,330

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
Spanish Lessons (2 hours per day) $55 per week
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Shared Accommodation with host family
  • 2 meals per day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Airport Pick up
  • Special Project Surcharge
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Project Management
  • Volunteer Certificate
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses, soft drinks, food, etc.
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteer programs fees in Antigua, Guatemala cover expenses from the first day of your program to the last day of your program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for any additional expenses.

Accommodations and Meals

Volunteers in Guatemala’s Turtle Conservation Project can rest easy, since Global Crossroads offers safe, clean, and comfortable housing, and two healthy local meals (breakfast and dinner) a day. You’ll be staying with a socially respected host family. You’ll eat your meals around the table with them and experience their culture in a unique and personal way.

Learn more about your housing and food in Antigua, Guatemala.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You’ll have your evenings and weekends free, so get out and see more of Guatemala! This country has a lot to offer, from the people to the landscapes, you’ll find a colorful array of options to discover. Check out the safe and beautiful city of Antigua in the evenings and use your weekends to travel!

Discover what to do in your free time in Guatemala.

Safety and In Country Support

We’ve got you covered when it comes to safety. Global Crossroad has been in the volunteer abroad world since 2003, and we’ve helped 20,000 volunteers have safe and satisfying experiences without a single incident. Let us take care of you while you go on your Guatemala turtle conservation volunteer program.

We offer pre-trip guidance, insurance, carefully vetted humanitarian projects we routinely visit, airport pickup, and a stellar in-country team to guide and support you every step of the way.

Learn more about our safety and in-country support.

Turtle Conservation Volunteer in Guatemala: FAQs

You’re bound to have a few questions, so we’ve put together this handy information to offer you some of the answers you’re looking for:

Arrival and departure

You’ll be flying into La Aurora International Airport . Arriving in Guatemala one day before the start date of your Turtle Conservation volunteer project is highly recommended so you can rest up and be ready to get started.

Give us your flight details, and we’ll set up your airport pick up for you. Our local representative will be waiting for you when you land and will take you safely to your accommodations. Just let us know if there’s a delay, and we’ll rearrange things for you.


You’ll need a tourist visa to travel to Guatemala, but for many of you that’s something you can get when you arrive at the airport. Citizens of countries such as the US, UK, Canada, and Australia can apply for a 90-day visa when they land.

If you aren’t eligible for a visa on-arrival, you can apply at the local Guatemala embassy in your home country. Or skip the trip and apply online!

Check out this website if you want to learn more about Guatemala’s visa requirements and policies.


Before you head to Guatemala to volunteer with turtles, make sure you get up to date on your vaccines to avoid getting sick as you will be working outdoors and with wild animals. Make an appointment with your doctor and find out what you’ll need.

The CDC recommends travelers to Guatemala get vaccinated for hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis B, and measles. You can learn more about these vaccinations by clicking this link.

Why Volunteer with Sea-Turtles in Guatemala?

Experience true Guatemala

The turtle conservation project will take you to off-the-beaten destinations where you will get an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness of Guatemala and live alongside the Pacific Ocean. You will get an incredibly rewarding life-changing experience.

Expand your network of friends

Not only will you connect with like-minded people from all around the world, you’ll also be able to work with scientists, biologists, and conservationists. You will also get a chance to interact with the locals and learn about Guatemalan culture. Volunteer projects like this are a great way to make new friends from all over!

Join hands-on conservation efforts

In this project, you will be gaining hands-on experience with sea-turtles and learning about marine conservation work. You will also be guided by international professionals and biologists. You will also help educate the local communities about the importance of conservation work and your efforts will greatly benefit the marine ecosystem.

Travel abroad for a purpose

Travel to an exciting international destination and make the world a better place at the same time! You can help the animals in need, make a difference to the environment and contribute to local communities as you travel.

Contact Global Crossroad to learn more about being a Turtle Conservation Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala.

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