Living with Sea Turtles More Info -

Living with Sea Turtles More Info

Five of the seven sea turtle species occur in South Africa including loggerheads and leatherback sea turtles who nest in the northern beaches along the east coast of South Africa. Volunteers will help with vital research that needs to be conducted to continue to contribute to the conservation of turtles globally.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to witness female turtles come ashore at night to dig an egg chamber and potentially see the hatchlings make their way back to the sea. Once the female turtles has laid her eggs, hatchlings start digging as a clutch. They then remain just below the sand surface until night fall, when the temperature drops before breaking the surface. Finally, they scramble down the beach to the ocean.

All turtles found in South Africa, that is Loggerheads, Leatherbacks, Green Turtles and Hawksbill turtles are classified as endangered on the IUCN red list. Data collected during turtle tours in Sodwana Bay, will be shared with various research institutions to help save these species. Volunteers will play an important role in this data collection process.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to be part of something that very few people get to experience. They will work first hand with Sea Turtle experts to ensure the survival of multiple sea turtles species. Volunteers will be situated at Sodwana Bay and have the opportunity to do a variety of activities throughout the week including snorkeling, scuba diving (you are able to get certified!), nightly drives to monitor the beach for sea turtle babies, game reserve tours, visit local children’s school and surfing!
Volunteers will live in a safe and secure fully serviced and air-conditioned house. Linen is provided however volunteers will need to bring their own beach towels. There is also a pool at the accommodation for the volunteers to use.
The schedule for the week goes from Monday – Saturday with Sundays being an OFF day for volunteers. Working hours are from 8:00AM – 5:00PM however these could change based on nightly beach patrols.
All food will be provided for volunteers. Breakfast and lunch will be cooked and served for volunteers while dinner will be menu-style and include foods such as lasagna, salads, hamburgers, braais, and pastas. We can cater to vegetarians and vegans as well.
Game drives on the local reserves, swimming in the sea, snorkling and visit to the local village.
A washer and tumble-dryer are available in the volunteer house for volunteer usage.
When possible, the client will be moved to another suitable date. Cancellations made 61 or more days prior to the state of the booking will be subjected to an administrative feed to cover the bank charges involved with refunding the client, as well as program reservation. Cancellations made 60 days or less prior to the start date of the booking will be subjected to a 50% fee of the booking rate, which exception of an administrative fee, will be transferred back into the bank account it came out of. Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to the start date of the booking will be subjected to a 100% fee of the total booking rate (the package rate). In other words, you will not be refunded.