Volunteers work with sea turtles in Mexico on a project for teenagers

Conservation Volunteer Work in Mexico for Teenagers

Live and work with a group your age and become part of our ongoing efforts to protect endangered sea turtles


  • Stay next to a black sand beach and help protect sea turtles
  • Explore this idyllic destination with other teenagers
  • Add conservation and biology study skills to your CV
  • Live and work in Cuyutlan, immersed in Mexican culture
  • Volunteer Service Hours: 40


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Is volunteering with sea turtles in Mexico for teenagers right for me?

Eager to team up with people your age to protect the environment? Can you picture yourself carefully scooping up a turtle egg from the sand and moving it to a safe nest until it hatches? Do you want to release a newborn turtle and watch it scurry over the sand and into the ocean? If you answered yes, then this is the project for you.

You’ll work with a group of teenagers, and get involved in hands-on work at our Conservation Project. You’ll also learn directly from conservation experts. Together with your group, you’ll be getting your hands dirty digging in the sand for turtle eggs, counting the animals you spot in the lagoon, and more. It’s the perfect combination of conservation work and adventure!

This High School Special gives you plenty of experience, which can help you decide if a career in conservation is for you. This is also a great way to add practical experience to your CV, and it will give you interesting points to talk about in applications or interviews. You’ll also develop your personal skills, like teamwork, planning, and communication. These skills can be applied to any career you pursue. 

You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll be supervised by experts, and our staff are always available to provide guidance and advice. All you need to do is focus on working hard, learning, and having fun.

Conservation volunteer work in Mexico for teenagers involves lots of work with turtle hatchlings

Your project will be divided into the following:

Search for and move turtle nests to a protected area

Coastal erosion is a big problem affecting turtles in Mexico. However, poachers have proven to be an even bigger problem. Once a turtle has laid eggs, poachers dig up the eggs to sell at local markets. To protect the nests, we do beach patrols everyday. When we find a nest, we move it to a safe location at the ecological centre we work with. This is a protected area, and the eggs will incubate in peace here. Once the eggs hatch, we release hatchlings into the ocean.

Care for turtles at the ecological centre

At the ecological centre, the government has given them permission to keep turtles, especially those who have been injured and cannot be released back into the wild. They need your help to look after all the turtles living here. Your group will help clean the tanks, and make sure turtles are fed and cared for. Each turtle is also weighed and measured once a month.

Community beach clean-ups

Reducing litter in our oceans is vital for keeping marine life safe. Rubbish, particularly non-biodegradable plastic, is hazardous. The sea turtles that nest here can get caught in the discarded plastic. Or, they may mistake it for food, which can hurt and even kill them.

Your group will work together to keep the beach as clean as possible. With this many hands involved, you’ll be able to remove a lot of rubbish from the environment.

Exploring Mexico

Finally, this project is also an opportunity for you to travel, learn, and grow in a safe environment with a group of volunteers your age. On the weekend, we’ll take you on a trip to a local beach resort to experience more of Mexico. Make the most of the opportunity to have some fun in the sun with your new friends!

Where interns work


During your time in Mexico, you’ll be based in Cuyutlan. With its black sand beaches, gentle waves, and laid-back attitude, Cuyutlan feels a world away from everywhere.

You’ll spend most of your time working at El Tortugario Centro Ecológico de Cuyutlan, and working directly on the beach or in a nearby lagoon. 

You'll stay in shared accommodation close to the beach. The accommodation has several single and shared same-sex bedrooms, as well as a communal kitchen and a swimming pool. Only volunteers of the same sex are permitted to share a room.

Afhentning i lufthavn, fly og visum

Når du ankommer til lufthavnen, står der en Projects Abroad medarbejder klar til at tage imod dig. Du kan finde mere information om ankomst til lufthavnen, orientering og visum på vores side om ankomst til Mexico

What are the aims for this project?

The aim of this project is to bring teenagers together to become part of our ongoing efforts to protect endangered sea turtles in Mexico. We are also working to preserve the ecological well-being of the surrounding area.

The endangered turtles we work with can only lay their eggs on the beach. Unfortunately, these nesting areas are disappearing rapidly. This is because of climate change and increased human development. This is why we are working to protect as many of these nests as possible. And we need the help of volunteers like you to do it.

By joining this High School Special, you’ll provide us with another pair of much-needed helping hands. You’ll help identify and relocate nests to safe, protected corrals. You’ll monitor the eggs, and help release the baby turtles into the ocean once they’ve hatched.  

Join our Sea Turtle & Coastal Conservation with Spanish High School Special today, and become part of our long-term efforts to protect Mexico’s ecology.

A volunteer cleans a sea turtle in Mexsico on a project for teenagers

Management plans

Vi beskriver vores målsætninger for vores projekter i dokumenter, som vi kalder Management Plans. Vi bruger dem til at planlægge vores arbejde på en grundig og officiel måde. De hjælper os også med at gøre vores projekter bedre.


Det betyder også, at du kan blive en del af noget, som faktisk har en stor indflydelse der, hvor der er brug for det.


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Measuring our impact

Hvert år gør tusindvis af frivillige på vores ungdomsprojekter aktivt en forskel rundt omkring i verden. I løbet af deres tid i udlandet, bidrager de til opnåelsen af langsigtede mål og har en langvarig indflydelse på de lokalsamfund, de arbejder i.

Vi udarbejder en årlig Impact Report for vores ungdomsprojekter, som dokumenterer nogle af disse præstationer og resultater.

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Kost og logi

Du bliver indkvarteret sammen med andre Projects Abroad frivillige og praktikanter i løbet af dit ophold i Cuyutlan. På den måde kan du lære de andre frivillige at kende, dele jeres oplevelser og udforske jeres omgivelser sammen i jeres fritid. Du kan også bede om at blive indkvarteret hos en lokal værtsfamilie.

På vores ungdomsprojekter forsøger vi altid at få det til at passe, så du deler værelse med mindst én anden frivillig på samme alder og af samme køn som dig.

Dit værelse kommer til at være trygt, komfortabelt og rent. Din projektpris inkluderer tre måltider om dagen. 

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Sikkerhed og personalesupport

Din sikkerhed er vores højeste prioritet. Vi har mange procedurer og systemer, som sikrer, at du får den støtte, du skal bruge for at nyde din rejse med ro i sindet. Vores Projects Abroad personale er til rådighed døgnet rundt for at hjælpe, og de står klar til at sikre, at du falder godt til i din nye bolig og på dit projekt. Hvis du støder ind i problemer, vil de være klar til at hjælpe dig til hver en tid.


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Når du tilmelder dig, betaler du kun 2950 kr., som bliver fratrukket projektprisen.

Vil du gerne deltage på mere end ét projekt? Ring til os på +45 35 15 21 20 for at se om vi kan tilbyde dig en god pris.

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