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Ysa & Johanna participated (e) mission Conservation of sea turtles in Nicaragua

Mission of 15 days, carried out in August 2017
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My participation

The work is mostly patrols at night on the beach to find turtles shooting or nests. In general, 2 teams take turns all night long. The teams are made up of a local and a volunteer. The goal then is to bring the eggs back to the "vivero" to protect them from predators. We did not encounter turtles during our patrols in late August early September, it was the end of the season for the turtles "carey" but we attended many births. Babies are measured, weighed, we take a piece of skin for analysis and finally we can release them to the sea.
During the day, we participated in a whole lot of activity: repainting the interior of the house, planting mangroves, making signs for the trail, looking for seashells, etc.
There is also plenty of free time to rest, go to the beach (either the estuary or the Pacific) or play "no te enojes"!
Everyone gets up when he wants .. with jet lag we get up early easily and we can enjoy all day.
On site there are several locals, volunteers from the country and we were 3 coming from Europe.

My expectations

We loved our stay. It was very exotic and the pace has me much more. Work, rest and a great atmosphere! We even had time to visit the country during 2 / 3 days. The reception is great, we had a big crush for these people. Not really speaking Spanish, Manuel taught us a lot .. he has the patience of a teacher! There are even cooks and we enjoyed ourselves. We eat "Gallo pinto" (rice and red bean) at every meal, corn cakes, chicken and the best soup in the world!

My advice

It's a great experience. Go there with eyes closed, you will love! We went to 2 it's easier I think because it is a distant and unknown country. Once there, I felt very good and safe. The place where the mission takes place is a little at the end of the world. It's just magic. The hard point is the mosquitoes and the wet heat: it feels sticky all day. What is a pity is the lack of contact before departure to the mission ... so, do not hesitate to contact David, the manager. He speaks very good English. And the cost of the transfer to the mission is amazing. By bus it does not even cost 10 euros. Contact us by mail if you want more info, we will be happy to answer you! johanna.31@hotmail.fr titmog@hotmail.fr

The mission Turtles, Nicaragua

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Camille took part in the Turtle Conservation in Nicaragua

Mission of 30 days, carried out in June 2017
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My participation

The job is to patrol the night beaches, to spot the turtles that lay or (most of the time) the new nests and to retrieve the eggs to bury them in a protected place (the Vivero). Schedules depend on tides and sunrise / sunset but usually run around 18h to 6h in the morning the next day (in two shifts). When a team does not patrol, she sleeps near the Vivero in hammocks. If you are lucky enough to come across a turtle, you have to measure it and mark it if you have not already done so.
Besides this, we also participate in the protection of the mangrove by collecting seeds and making them sprout in a planter before replanting. School groups come from time to time in the Casa Carey and this work is often done with them. During group visits, turtle capture sessions in the estuary for tagging also take place.

My expectations

I loved my stay at Casa Carey, for the work of course but also for the great team I worked with. In addition to the project manager and local residents who patrol the whole year, there were 3 volunteers Nicaraguans, a couple of travelers who took care of the house and of course a super manager of the house who helped me to improve my spanish. The atmosphere was relaxed and I learned a lot during these four weeks. The start was very difficult!

My advice

Nicaraguans do not speak English at all, so you have to be able to get by with a minimum. I had worked on it a month before leaving and the patience of my colleagues there did the rest. There are a lot (really a lot) of mosquitoes at the time I left. Take care of yourself all day and night. There are mosquito nets on the beds so no problem at this level.

What I retain

I was able to learn a lot about turtles, and the protection of saline ecosystems. I greatly improved my Spanish and met great people.

My assets

Spanish will probably be very useful to me all my life. I was able to develop my adaptation skills and my human relationships.

The mission Turtles, Nicaragua

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Celestino participated in the conservation of marine turtles in Nicaragua

Mission of 51 days, carried out in June 2017
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My participation

On the project, the work is free: you will choose with the other members of the project the work to be done and the distribution of tasks according to your affinities, your fatigue and your interests. Generally, the tasks are as follows in July / August: patrols at night, DIY in the morning or in the afternoon OR day of guard at the nursery or on the island; and relaxation the rest of the day (stroll, fishing, swimming (dangerous attention!), dodo hammock, reading, chatting). For the bathing, the locals will explain how to do as well as the manager of the casa (there are always 1 or 2 people who manage the casa and who are there for several months in general, who speak English and Spanish). Warning language! In my opinion, it is essential to have Spanish bases, because you will speak almost Spanish, whether it is with the locals or with the Nicaraguan volunteers (there are 3 and 4 at all times, they are usually students in veterinary, biology, ornithology having between 20 and 25 years) or with the ladies who cook as well as with the person responsible for the work of the casa. The project protects several places, the nursery (or bring all the eggs from the estuary beaches) and Tigra Island (a small island on which the nests are naturally left). These two places are monitored 24h / 24 either by you or by premises paid by the project and the schedule is done as explained above! Patrols: 2 teams per night patrol on an 6h time slot, either from 18h to midnight or from midnight to 6h. Do not panic, on 6h of beach time, 3h only are generally patrolled because the turtles come out to lay at high tide and when the night is very black (moons game) and full of factors that make that it is not so long that it in the air! Patrols are carried out on the island and the beaches of the estuary. PS: to see turtles AND babies turtles, the months of July and August are the best: you can attend the lakes AND the births. Births begin more from mid-July. DIY: As an example I will give you a couple of things we did: construction of a wooden bridge / cutting of a path + construction of signs indicating to the visitors what are some trees / painting of the casa / construction of a wall in the casa / plug the holes of the roof of the casa to avoid infiltrations during the thunderstorms. PS: The project is to be avoided for anyone who is sensitive to thunderstorms. I do not say this to discourage people wishing to come but it is a reality (in July there must have been 1 every 3 days and in August 2 every 3 days). There are two types of thunderstorms, thunderstorms, stronger (of the same type as European thunderstorms) and thunderstorms they call "las tormentas electricas" with a continuous sound rumbling and thunderclaps all seconds -> horrible! You do not risk very much (the lightning strikes very rarely the casas) but it is scary and it is a fact!

My expectations

You will be very well received by the international volunteers, the Nicaraguan volunteers (it is a real chance that they will be there, to immerse yourself in the culture of the young people of the country), the kitchen and the DIY manager of the casa and the manager (s) of the casa. The rhythm of life in the casa is often linked to the managers of the casa. During my stay I attended a change of manager and I greatly preferred the second binomial! It is impossible to tell you more about it because they change constantly, but rest assured, there are always managers of gifts! The days are very quiet, some can be long and boring (day of surveillance has two in the nursery or on the island) and others completely crazy (several turtles during the day, work in the house, a storm,. ..)!

My advice

It is, to my liking, easy to reach the project by bus. Here is my advice: Tell David (the one who takes care of the volunteers on the project) that you will arrive by bus indicating the date of your arrival to the project as well as if you will arrive by the bus of Venecia or that of Padre Ramos / Jiquilillo in specifying that you will wait at the bar / pulperia Zulema if you take that of Padre Ramos / Jiquilillo (see explanations below). Take a night of hotel in Managua for the evening of your arrival by plane (it allows to rest after a long journey and before a day of bus but also to be more flexible if your luggage is delayed, arrived !). I went to Maracuya Hostel (12 dollars a night on Ebooking), they can send a private taxi pick you up at the airport for 20 dollars on the day and 25 dollars at night if you ask them by email before -> it's expensive compared to prices in the rest of the country but you have no choice if you want to travel in safety and I advise against public taxis in the capital. It is located at 10 minutes walk from the bus station for the next day. The next morning it is best to leave before 9h from the hotel to be quiet with the buses, you have to get to the UCA bus station. Download the application maps.me (it will be very useful for you to travel in Nicaragua), it is an app that functions like a gps but without the need of internet, you simply have to download the map of Nicaragua in France or before leaving the connection of the hotel! You can place markers on the map so you can easily find them without losing you. Hotels and bus stations are marked on the map as well as all roads / tracks if you want to check that your bus is going in the right direction and that you are not mistaken. To travel with a big bag / suitcase take what they call "chicken buses", these are the old American yellow buses. Inside you can put your bag over your head, visible from your seat. Because if you take "micro-buses" you are going to be very very tight as these are the equivalent of a Renault Trafic in which they put 25 people traveling with very little luggage. Microbuses usually take a little less time than chicken-buses as they pose and take very few people on the roadside. But frankly the difference in time between a "chicken bus" and a "micro-bus" is not blatant! On all the buses, it is written the route that they carry out wholesale above their windshields example "Managua - Leon". You do not pay during the climb on the bus but short of the ride. The rates are fixed and indicated at the front of the bus above the driver. Count 2h to make Managua-Leon in chicken-bus and you will pay about 2 dollars / 55 cordobas. In Leon, no change of bus station, take a bus directly to Chinandega, count 1h30 and 1 dollar / 35 cordobas. In Chinandega you have to change the bus station. From Leon you will arrive to "El Bisne Bus Station" and you have to get to "El Mercadito Bus Station". Two options: taxi or tricycle. Personally I recommend tricycles, it's really fun. Count 1 dollar / 30 cordobas for the tricycle and 1.5 dollars / 50 cordobas for the taxi. No panic for tricycles, they do not go fast, it's not scary, the driver is nice in general and they are waiting for you at the feet of the buses. For the last bus, you have the choice: Either you take the bus that will take you from "El Mercadito Bus Station" to Chinandega to Padre Ramos. The bus to take is easy to recognize it is written at the top of the windshield "Chinandega - Jiquilillo" and to get off is easy too, just wait for the bus terminal and you will be at Padre Ramos! From Padre Ramos you will have to wait to cross the estuary with the boat of the project which commutes between Padre Ramos (south side of the estuary) and Venecia (north side) in the evening around 17h30 / 18h. The best for you is to wait at the bar / pulperia Zulema, the people of the project will come to meet you! Attention you must have warned David where you expect! The last bus leaves around 16h30 of Chinandega. Count 1 dollars / 27 cordobas and 2h trip: 1 tar hour and 1 track time. Either you take the bus that will take you from 'El Mercadito Bus Station' in Chinandega to Venecia. The bus to take is easy to recognize it is written at the top of the windshield "Chinandega - Venecia" and to get off is easy too, just wait for the bus terminal and you will be in Venecia! Here you do not need a boat, you just have to continue the track until the end (always straight). If you have the slightest doubt you are asking for "Casa Carey" (carey = hawksbill turtle in Spanish) to anyone, everyone knows the project! Attention, only one bus a day, it leaves from Chinandega around 13h, count 2 dollars / 60 cordobas and 4h of course: 2h of tar and 2h of track. Conclusion: The return trip costs about 80-90 $ (including the hotel and airport-hotel taxis), against 400 € (not divisible depending on the number of volunteers in the car) with David. It is up to you to make your choice ! Mosquitoes are particularly present (more than in the rest of the country) because the project is located in a mangrove. I advise you to take a spray of 75 ml maximum power per week for particularly affected people and two sprays every three weeks for others. Plan to change your dollars in Cordoba before arriving at the project because afterwards it is the galley and people do not accept them anymore. Ditto for the buses, it is easier to pay in cordobas. At the project, you can withdraw pennies that in Chinandega and it takes a small day to make the return trip just for pennies ... If you want to withdraw cordobas or dollars directly to Managua, hotel until metrocentro (10 minute). Take good tongues (even 2 pairs) because everything is done in tongues and you will constantly wet feet. If you want to visit the country, I really advise you to plan one or several weeks before or after your passage to the project because the project lets you leave but it is difficult to have more 3 days of free in a row. Now it is complex to change area in 3 days in Nicaragua knowing that usually a round trip will eat you two days. Traveling alone is done very well and without any risk (even in buses). If you do not have a partner at the beginning of your trip and you do not plan to travel alone, you will always find other departing travelers to accompany you from the project or even overnight in a hotel anywhere! From the project you can easily visit the volcano Cosiguina. Expect 3 days: 1 day of transport / visit of the village with its baths; 1 day for the climb / descent of the volcano on foot (700m of unevenness in the jungle); 1 day to come back by bus. First, you have to take the bus from Venecia to Chinandega to 4h in the morning (there is only one bus a day). You have to ask to get off at "Enpalme de Cosiguina" (after about 2h of track), it's easy to know if you're there because you have to go down when the asphalt road starts. You can also check your position with the app. Then you have to wait for 1-1h30 the next bus called "Chinandega-Potosi". The descent from the second bus takes place at the terminal in Potosi. For the nights, there is only one hotel to my knowledge: the hotel "Brisas del golfo" at 10 $ at night and that offers morning meals / lunch / evening extra (be careful not to internet at the hotel ). The breakfast is at 80 Cordobas and the meals between 150 and 250 Cordobas (quite expensive but the dishes are really tasty!). If you want, close to the sea, going down lower than the thermal baths on the left, women make food for 80 cordobas lunch and dinner. The hotel also offers guides for climbing the volcano (no more expensive than elsewhere) for 25 dollars to 2 and 30 dollars to three. The second day, the climb to the volcano: it lasts 3h and the descent 2h. Third day, to get back, you have to take the bus Potosi-Chinandega to the terminal at 12h15 to be on time at the Enplame de Cosiguina because there is only one bus per day for Venecia which passes around 15h. You will be at 17h to the project. A night in a hotel usually costs at least 10 $ and they often accept dollars. In big cities it is better to book in order not to have a bad surprise, in the blemished corners there is no need. The project has an internet connection from 100 Go for 1 month. Access is reserved for volunteers to communicate with their families and Nicaraguan volunteers for their studies. If you want to watch movies, you have to provide them before on USB stick or hard drive. The project has PCs for the managers, who can lend them from time to time. It is possible to travel with a PC or a tablet without great risk and the casa has places / lockers that can be locked. If for any reason you are going to visit Managua (luggage lost by plane, envy, ...), it is important to understand how city buses work. These are marked with numbers and it is not indicated on the buses the route made. To know which bus to take, it is therefore mandatory to ask for help from the people at your bus stop. The buses are full to the premises and the operation of the payment is a bit special. In big stops there is a person in charge of payments. There are two ways of payment depending on the age of the bus: card or direct payment. The locals have a card that they put in front of a box in the "recent" bus or you do not have a card. If you are having a big stop go directly to see the person in charge of the payments and pay for it. This one will let you get on the next bus and he will also ride in the bus to badger his own card for you if it is a recent bus. If you are at a small stop and there is no one, you will have to pay the driver. A trip for a local costs 5 cordobas and for tourists 10 cordobas, it's like that ...

What I retain

I met some great people, I discovered a country, its culture, its population, its climate, its language. It's just an incredible adventure that I recommend to everyone!

My assets

The project and the journeys bring you confidence and autonomy, culture and personal and collective enrichment. I am one of those who think that travel makes men.

The mission Turtles, Nicaragua

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Sosovoyage participated in the conservation of marine turtles in Nicaragua

Mission of 8 days, carried out in May 2017
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My participation

Having remained only a week, it was above all observation and learning. We have assisted in a general way and participated in the daily life on the site. We also participated in the construction of the "vivero" where turtle eggs are kept. We did beach cleaning, night patrols to eventually collect turtle eggs.

My expectations

Enjoyed my stay and the meeting with the people of the communities. Very nice human experience and good supervision by the persons responsible for the project on site. My stay partially met my expectations in the sense or unfortunately we could not witness the birth of the baby turtles (too early, but we did not know it).

My advice

I highly recommend staying at least 15 days and most importantly to learn about the best time. I think that from the beginning of June you will have more chances to witness the birth of the turtles.

What I retain

A good learning about the turtles thanks to the biologist present on the site and to the person in charge of the project. The discovery of a new country and a new environment. Also an opportunity to disconnect.

My assets

Hard to say. But I get better knowledge of turtles and a better sensitivity to the environment.

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Cedric participated (e) mission Conservation of marine turtles in Nicaragua

Mission 7 days, conducted in April 2017
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My participation

The work was very diverse. Having arrived very early in the season opener, had to return the site to order so that the house is ready to accommodate future volunteers.
Schedules depended above all, time. For the physical work, it could tackle 6h and resume 17h. The rest was odd jobs.
You could also work at night, either to retrieve the eggs while on patrol, and in turn make the rounds of nights to monitor the incubator.

My expectations

I had a great stay. It was the beginning of the season and it was not sure he could find turtles, and yet ... We went to the estuary where we could find 2, a ringed and the other not. I was able to take steps remove any shells glued to the shell. We built the 1ere incubator of the season and have patrolled the same evening. We discovered a turtle ready to lay eggs. it was an incredible moment to recover while she was laying eggs. In addition, the timing was perfect, since we have ahead of 2min, the "potcheurs" who were looking for eggs to sell at the market. So are 96 eggs that were saved !! It is a beautiful emotion.

My advice

The hardest on climate conditions. I was not in the rainy season but 38 degrees every day with a peak 41 °, knocking him out. And mosquitoes, even with the product, I suffered countless stings. Even if it is very hot, equip you to handle tee-shirt and pants. Be very very careful on the water !! It is not abundant, and believe me you'll learn how to save. For internet, forget, and then is so well without phone. By cons, if you have music, please !!! For the language barrier, it is still necessary to know a little Spanish. Everyone does not speak English.

What I retain

Apart from having the project to help preserve the turtles, I could enjoy the moment, it's a nice breath of fresh air. And then I met wonderful people with whom we have worked, of course, but also laughed, shared, etc ...

My assets

Make water savings !! One evening, the tank was empty and the pump supplying the water from the well was not working. So we went to wash bucket shot at the well. It was not easy, but the experience we shared will remain unforgettable. And pay attention to our waste. If you have stores that sell in bulk at home, do not hesitate, it will save the packaging surplus.

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Leah Daures participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in August 2016
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My participation

The major part of the work is done by night. Every night we go on patrol to cross the tracks and see if turtles lay ride. These outputs are in duet with a person of the project. When there is an egg was the chance to tailor the turtle as well as recover the eggs to get them to the incubator. The work of eco-volunteer is also to assist at births ie take action on the twists and release. There are also activities the day, as catches of juveniles in mangroves. There were other activities such as rebuilding a sandbag dike and the construction of a small house.

My expectations

I left without waiting particular, apart from the desire to see the turtles. Not only I have not been disappointed on this point, since the meeting are very regular, but I experienced more than I could imagine. However I put 2 weeks to really adapt to the pace of life and language to fully appreciate my experience.

My advice

Have the Spanish bases or at least the desire to learn, to better integrate and discover the great people who work for this project. Expect to be very isolated and no other activity that the project, but the experience is all the more beautiful. The premises may seem remote because of the language barrier, but go to them to discover and you will not regret it.

What I retain

Nicaraguan friends, but especially the desire to improve my spanish and to leave discovering this country.

My assets

Keep this joy of life on a daily basis. Know how to do nothing to then be effective.

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Emilie participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

some particular witness because I did not have time use "classic" a ecovolunteer. The month of May is the start of egg laying turtles (and therefore start of activity with volunteers) and unfortunately this year the turtles are out of the water later than expected. So I had the right to a personalized program during my month there. The team was very accueillante.J'ai participated in patrol sessions in the evening and at night on the beach in search of turtles ready to spawn. I mostly had the chance to go capture turtles in the estuary to the étudier.Par addition I also accompanied the team on their side missions related to living with the local community.

My expectations

I really enjoyed my time there, the place is heavenly. And although I did not see many turtles, I still had the chance to work with and for the benefit of the local people which I liked very much. For more information on my adventure, here is my blog: http://emilie-3i7iw3.wixsite.com/1-an-for-ma-planete/mai-2016

My advice

The living conditions on site are good but do not forget your mosquito repellent :) Take light and long clothes for night patrols, to avoid getting stung. Electricity is limited so you have to be OK to forget his phone and the internet the time of the mission. It is possible to recharge its electrical devices punctually anyway.

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Laetitia B. participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in August 2015
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My participation

The work was very diverse: regarding work on turtles, I was doing night patrols that could very well be right after dinner, in the middle of the night or the early morning hours. Beware, it does not look like anything, but walking around 2h-2h30 in the sand, black, heat and mosquitoes, it is quite challenging! During the day, it may be necessary to monitor the nests of baby turtles, there is not much to do, just taking the temperature, make a round almost every hour to see if birth and recover the baby turtles. One can rest in hammocks and swim to cool off. I also had the chance to catch adult turtles in the estuary to recover data on their evolution. I also had occasion to enter data into a computer, to make boat round in the morning on the beaches to check if a turtle laid eggs during the night to find the nests with GPS coordinates and measure their distance compared to the range and measure the rate of shade over the nests with a special measuring instrument. Regarding the non turtles on work, I was led to plant mangrove seedlings (working reforestation), to build a sandbag wall to prevent the sea from encroaching on the bank in front of house volunteers to do painting, cooking ... As I said, very diverse work!

My expectations

Yes I enjoyed my stay. It corresponded to some of my expectations, because I had learned a lot, I had read a lot about the project and I had prepared a lot psychologically, but not at all. I knew it was going to be difficult, trying, both psychologically and physically.

My advice

Be ready ! We must be aware that you will live in an isolated area without internet (or very sporadically), where there are always people coming and going local in the house the volunteers, where sleeping sparsely, a little at night, some day (but with the heat and mosquitoes, not obvious). Read much anything you can find on the project to prepare: heat, mosquitoes, Spanish, work to do, isolation ... but get out there, the experience is worth it!

What I retain

Much knowledge about Nicaragua and its people in general. it gave me a lot open mind about another culture, another way of living, thinking, talking. She taught me a lot about the operation of an estuary, fauna and flora that live there and especially, I learned a lot about sea turtles! The project team is very qualified and motivated and we must not hesitate to ask questions, they will be happy to answer them! I met great people, enriching, funny, endearing and I have fond memories. I think I will ever be a mission of this type but perhaps less time (two weeks would be sufficient) and with more preparation to language level!

My assets

I'm talking about my mission around me and I make some people want to do an eco-volunteering mission! Besides, a friend will surely make a mission to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand next year! So do not hesitate to talk about it around you, it can give ideas to others, who will talk about it and give other ideas to other people and so on!

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Caroline participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in September 2015
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My expectations

To summarize, I would say that this adventure was interesting but very trying. Let's say we have to be well motivated and I would advise not to make a stay of + 2 weeks in a 1er time. In spite of interesting tasks I had, for my part, shortened my stay because the conditions: heat, vase, mosquitoes, night work .. are very trying and I rather undergone the end that took pleasure! I just found it unfortunate that we do not respect enough time between each mission and that in the morning, we do not respect the rest of those who patrolled at night, too much noise. is a motivated team that does a great job but it lacks a bit of organization. In addition, most speak only Spanish, so I beg you to speak a minimum or you will spend great moments of solitude.I think that all this should not scare you because this team really needs volunteers and I rediss the work is very interesting but be ready to undergo such conditions that's all. For all that, I think one day renew the experience because now I know what to expect and, despite everything, I liked. I thank David a lot for his sharing and understanding. The reserve is beautiful, the locals adorable .. Do not hesitate but be ready!

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Heloise participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in July 2015
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My participation

The work was very varied. Sometimes directly related to the conservation of marine turtles and sometimes more towards the local community. The hours were also extremely varied except for night patrols that it was possible to do every night of 19h to 00h or 00h to 5h.

My expectations

Yes, this project taught me a lot about the environment and the human side. I really appreciated the kindness of the people there despite the very limited resources. It was obviously very different from what I expected but very positive overall.

My advice

Give up all your daily habits because life in Nicaragua is very rustic and different. Prepare also to be HOT!

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot. I would say that first of all, go 2 weeks in Nicaragua opened my eyes. In the western world we are truly "spoiled rotten" and yet most of us are rarely happy. In Nicaragua there are many who only has the bare minimum and still ... however their joy of life, generosity and happiness radiates all the time. I hope you understand what must appreciate what we have.

My assets

I think I will do a lot more attention to the seas and oceans in general because I realized how essential they are in the world, either for wildlife or humans.

The mission Turtles, Nicaragua

This mission is taking place on an island on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, in one of the largest nesting sites for marine turtles in the eastern Pacific. You will contribute to the patrols ...
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