Management of marine fauna at a protected area and environmental educational programs at the local communities.

The project

Work directly with a National Protected Area, whose main purpose is the conservation of the dry forest and marine biodiversity.  It works as part of the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador.

This volunteer project is ideal for people interested in the conservation of marine ecosystems. The organization works with the preservation turtle species such as Hawbill turtles (Ertmochelys imbricate), Grean Sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), and Olive Ridleys (Lepidochelys olivacea), they also work monitoring and helping in the recovery of different bird´s species like the Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii).  

Between June and September each year, whales come to visit the Ecuatorian coasts, so you´ll be able to watch them jump and dance, from October to February, turtle´s nesting season is here, and you will work at the nest monitoring and relocation.

It is necessary to work with the community and transmit the results of scientific research in order to do conservation activities effectively. Another objective of this project is to educate people living in the central coast about the importance of conservation, protection, and preservation projects respecting the environment.



Project available year-round. 1 to 6 months durations available.



2 weeks – $1750
1 month – $2300
2 months – $3400
3 months – $4500
Each extra week  – $275

Location details

The project location is coastal. Accommodation is at a shared house.  Budget for two meals per day is included.



Intermediate spanish, must be 18 and over, with valid passport and health insurance

Itinerary Sample

Work at the turtle´s rescue center and in the activities where the park rangers require your help, schedule is usually from 9am to 5pm, but it can vary if the have emergency rescues, releases or different activities.


Role of the volunteer

Assist at the Rescue Center, cleaning the tanks and the environment in general, cleaning the turtles, feeding the turtles and rescued birds.

 Help the park rangers at the species monitoring, rescues and releases, learn how to deal with injured animals and help them.



Skills required

This internship is geared towards individuals with a desire to work with the preservation of ecosystems, enviromental education and willingness to learn and help mother nature.

What’s Included?



Available during the length of the project (Either at the project or local homestay families with 2 meals included)


Transfer from Quito to project



Local cell phone is included with a refundable deposit of $50


Aiport pick-up

EcuaExplora staff ready to transport you


Support 24 hours

On the ground EcuaExplora staff available


First weekend accomodation

In a hostal in Quito with breakfast



(includes city tour and lunch)

Not Included


Health insurance (REQUIRED)


Meals not specified


Transportation to/from the homestay to the project each day


Optional extras

Add $60 per week for 6 hours Spanish classes if in Quito.

Sounds amazing? Want to be part of something important?

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