Conservation of marine turtles in 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 daily patrols on the beach looking for turtle hatches, as a team and supervised by a member of the project. This mission is carried out in close connection with members of the local community. Housing and lifestyle are simple and eco-friendly, in a natural environment still protected.

DUREE : 2 weeks minimum

DATES : all year

ACTIVITY : In the heart of nature

SPECIES : Sea turtle (4 species)

WORK LANGUAGE : English (minimum level B1)


INVOLVEMENT: 6 days a week, 8 hours per day, possible night patrols

PUBLIC: all ages over 18 years, individuals, eco-solidarity holidays, students


This mission is dedicated to the conservation of 4 species of marine turtles, all threatened with extinction. Marine turtles face several dangers: driftnets, ingestion of plastic bags (resembling jellyfish), oil spills, and especially the destruction of nesting sites and the intensive collection of eggs for consumption. They are also exploited for their carapace whose scales are used in the craft industry.

The vast majority of Eastern Pacific turtle clutches occur at the project research site in Nicaragua. Every season more than 400 nests are listed! 

The program started in 2017 in Nicaragua and is based on the monitoring and protection of the laying of sea turtles. This marine turtle conservation project is based on a close contribution from the local community. The pressures exerted on turtles are mainly due to humans. By working alongside people exploiting them from near or far and by generating socio-economic alternatives, the project thus allows turtle exploiters to become their “saviors”, while creating economic income for the families concerned. .

Ecovolunteers are essential to the success of this program, thanks to their help in the field the conservation effort remains constant, and their financial participation benefits the project and the community. As an ecovolunteer you will also participate in the emergence of local and global awareness of the need to protect hawksbill turtles and the marine environment in general. In addition to being involved in marine turtle conservation, volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in other local social and ecological projects.

Location / Habitat

This mission takes place on the island Los Brasiles Island, on the north coast of Nicaragua. Little known and therefore little frequented by tourists, this island is the ideal site for the establishment of a conservation program based on the nesting of sea turtles.


The island of Los Brasiles is one of the most important natural sites in Nicaragua. with nearly 2000 hectares of coastal ecosystem, the island is bordered by a large mangrove and 20 kilometers of pristine beaches. Are wild character make it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Nicaragua has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: the rainy season (July to December) and the dry season (January to June). In August and September it usually rains only once a day and the rains are brief but spectacular! Rainfall is higher in the East than in the West. Average annual temperatures vary between 20 30 ° C and ° C.

For more information on local weather conditions


The program of this mission is focused on 4 marine turtle species:

The Nest Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)ranked Critically Endangered (IUCN red list).

The Olivatre turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)classified Vulnerable (IUCN red list).

The leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), classified Vulnerable (IUCN red list).

The green turtle (Chelonia mydas),  classified Endangered (IUCN red list).

Every year hundreds of sea turtles emerge on Pacific beaches to lay eggs. Known egg-laying sites represent the last ramparts to be protected for the survival of these endangered species.

Involvement ecovolunteer

No experience is required to participate. Volunteers are involved in teamwork around 8 hours, day and night, and have a minimum of one day off per week.

The main tasks to be attended by volunteers: night patrols (foot) in search of turtles and nesting on beaches, management of nesting and hatching, morning patrol motor boat along the coast to quantify the punters in the area, and community activities (education, cleaning, etc ...)

Volunteers work in teams with project members and / or other eco-volunteers.

Activities include for example:

  • Patrols on the beaches to measure and mark the punters
  • Egg collection and removal in incubators
  • Monitoring of outbreaks: burying eggs, taking temperature, relaxation of babies hatched, and monitored nests
  • Morning boat patrols in the estuary to spot turtle clutches that could have been forgotten during night patrols,
  • Restoration of the Mangrove,
  • Housekeeping: cleaning, dishes, ...
  • Maintenance of the incubator and monitoring equipment
  • Community Work (optional): English classes, environmental education, arts programs, etc ...


The project does not accept trainees.

Requirements and constraints

To participate in this mission:

  • No particular experience is required,
  • Being in good physical condition and in good health,
  • To have 18 years minimum,
  • To be able to live in an isolated place and in basic living conditions,
  • To speak English,
  • Knowing how to speak Spanish is a plus but is not required.

Before you register:

  • It is important to take detailed documentation for download (see right of this text).
  • You will need to return the medical fitness form (attached to the detailed documentation) completed and signed by you and your attending physician.
  • You must have taken out comprehensive travel insurance (accident and repatriation, civil liability, cancellation ...).

Language (s) used (s)

English: The minimum required level of English is A1 : view details you self-assess

Note that few people speak English there and that knowing Spanish is a plus for this project.

You can benefit from Spanish lessons on site. These are taught by a teacher, in the form of intensive courses (12 hours per week). You can request these courses upon your arrival at the project (50 $ per week).

Conditions for minors

Minors are not accepted


Example of a mission of 15 days:

1 Day: arrival on site, welcome and explanation of the work
Day 2 to 13: training and daily conservation activities (1 free day)
14 day: debriefing and departure


You are hosted in an eco-site, located in L'île, in front of the page. The ecovolunteers are hosted with the project staff, biologists and trainees, in a very "international" and multicultural context.

Accommodation is basic, living conditions are simple and eco-volunteers need to prepare for it. The rooms are rustic dorms, without air conditioning, a private room can be requested (surcharge). The bathroom and toilets are common, and there is no hot water.

The eco-site has electricity, fans and mosquito nets in the bedrooms. 

Volunteers participating in the household, one day a week is devoted to clean rooms and common areas.

The preparation of midday and evening meals is provided by a local cook or by the team. Meals typically consist of rice, corn, beans, plantains, peppers and yucca, seafood, chicken. The ecovolunteers prepare their own breakfasts. The project can offer meals suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and certain allergies. However, you must inform them before your arrival.


The project can accommodate up to 10 ecovolunteers both


Ecovolunteers are welcome in 2021 from August 1 to September 30.

Registrations resume from January 2022.

Date of Participation is free and subject to approval of the project.  The project accepts the participations of a minimum duration of 2 weeks and maximum of 3 months.


Due to the pandemic, Cybelle Planète has set up specific conditions for participation. Please consult our conditions of participation before signing up for a mission.

See information related to Covid-19

Travel Information

Los Brasiles is located about 105 km from Managua. The journey from Managua to the project lasts about 2 hours.

It is possible to travel from Managua to Estero Padre Ramos in several ways, depending on your needs, budget and constraints. You can :

  • Take public transport (about 10 $ - duration 3 / 4hours). This option is not recommended by the project.
  • The project proposes a transfer service, the simplest and safest solution. This service is optional and includes: a transfer from the airport / hotel to the project (2 driving hours), and the day of your departure your transfer from the project to airport / hotel . The project will arrange a hotel for you before your arrival if necessary. Note that the hotel first and last day is your responsibility. At least 15 days before your departure you will have to book this transfer service directly with the project.


Your eco-volunteering mission involves your voluntary participation in the project as well as your biodiversity donation. For each mission, the amount of the Biodiversity Donation is calculated according to the needs of the project and the time you will spend there. 70% of your donation is donated to the hosting project, it will largely be used to cover its material and personnel needs for its sustainability, and also to cover the hosting costs of eco-volunteers. learn more about Don Biodiversity

The costs of the ecovolunteers' missions consist of : your biodiversity donation and your membership in the mission, and non-tax deductible costs (ex: insurance, additional heating costs, over-classification of your accommodation - if offered)

Compensation for the impact of your trip

Cybelle planet pledges to reduceimpact of long-haul flights on the environment. In order to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of your trip, Cybelle Planète has set up specific measures :

  • We no longer accept entries of less than two weeks involving long-haul travel.
  • Flat-rate contribution of 200 € to a territorial and carbon compensation fund for missions of less than 3 weeks.

We consider that a stay of at least 3 weeks, during which you have a positive action for local biodiversity (ex: eco-volunteering mission), and where you adopt a responsible mode of travel, partially offsets your emissions at the regional level. 

Amount of Don Biodiversity

  • 2 weeks of participation: 685 €
  • 3 weeks of participation: 644 €
  • 4 weeks of participation: 806 €
  • Per extra week: 183 €

tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 685 € will only cost you 233 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 685 € will only cost you 274 €.

Annual fee

Cybelle Planète is a French law association 1901, ecovolunteer stays are reserved for members who are members of their annual subscription of 50 €. This membership automatically gives you access to insurance (including liability, repatriation, medical expenses). Membership in Cybelle Planète is subject to a tax receipt. Learn more about memberships

Your budget

The hosting project supports:

  • accommodation and food,
  • training and supervision by project members.

You remain at your expense:

  • your trip to the airport,
  • Your transfer Managua - project back and forth,
  • expenses incurred (drinks, restaurant, ....) that remain at your expense,
  • your complementary travel insurance (mandatory), including a Cancellation, Air / Train Delay, Baggage, Interruption of Stay.

Airport transfer service (optional)

To reserve before your departure with the project. The price is decreasing according to the number of passengers sharing the car at the same time. This service will be paid directly on site to the project; price per person: 1 Passenger 200 $, 2 Passenger 130 $, 3 Passenger 100 $, 4 Passenger 60 $.

This transfer is not tax deductible.

Single Room

A supplement to benefit from a single room is possible for 8 € per day. This amount is not tax deductible.

Travel arrangements

You must organize your own trip to the project: transport, visa, vaccinations if necessary, ....

You will find on our website information concerning visas.

Cybelle Planet can arrange for you to book your airline ticketsThis service is optional.

Conditions of participation

The general conditions of participation in eco-volunteering mission from Cybelle Planet are available online.

Commitment ecovolunteer

Before committing yourself as a Volunteer, you must have read and accepted the charter of ecovolunteers.


In addition to the insurance included in your membership, you must take out cancellation insurance, loss or damage to luggage, and flight delay. Cybelle Planète will offer you insurance during your pre-registration or you can subscribe one by yourself. A certificate of insurance will be required before departure. To learn more about insurance

ethical commitments Cybelle Planète

The Cybelle Planet associationcommitted to the ecovolunteering charter. We have always chosen sharing, equity and solidarity for all our actions.

Tax deduction

Participation in our eco-volunteering mission is reserved for our "support" members.

Ecovolunteers pay Cybelle Planète a Biodiversity Donation in addition to their commitment in the field. 

Only the Biodiversity Gift and membership entitles you to a tax deduction (For companies or persons subject to corporation tax or income tax in France).

Medical fitness form

Your registration can not be validated unless we have received your medical fitness form completed and signed by you and your attending physician.

In order to avoid possible difficulties, we ask you to describe to us, as honestly as possible, your physical and emotional state.
Regardless of the medical situation, all projects are designed to accept as many participants as possible. For this reason, they remain attentive and are very understanding of the various health problems a candidate may have. All solutions are considered to enable the candidate to participate in the project, regardless of his or her state of health, and to the extent possible.
The consequences of misleading and / or omitted medical declarations can be very restrictive for the entire team involved in the mission, and in some cases dangerous (missions on the high seas, in very isolated sites, etc.). So, Any false declaration, omission or false information may be sanctioned by the immediate and definitive exclusion of the participant At its own expense and upon the exclusive and unilateral decision of the project. 

Download the form for a francophone mission

Download the form for an English speaking mission


An ECOVOLONTAIRE T-shirt is offered for any registration to an ecovolunteer mission.

Note that no resumption or exchange is possible, we invite you to consult the description and the size guide .

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