Guatemala is a country with a varied and rich ecosystem. This Central American country is home to tropical rainforests, high plateaus, mountains, volcanic land and coastal plains. While Guatemala is a biodiversity hotspot, this natural phenomenon is threatened by the disruptive impacts of urbanization.
LifeTime Projects is working with the local population in order to find solutions in line with their needs, thus helping them to preserve their environment. The mission involves a program for the protection of turtles and mangroves in the city of Hawaii alongside the provision of environmental education.
Presentation of the mission
LifeTime Projects initiated a partnership with Arcas, a Guatemalan NGO committed to preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity. The mission is separated into several projects that volunteers can participate in depending on their dates of travel and the duration of their stay.
As a volunteer working on the turtle protection project, you will first observe the turtles on the beach and then collect the eggs. You will also have the opportunity to assist with the protection of mangroves that are at risk due to the effects of deforestation and rapid tourism growth.
You can also take charge of feeding and taking care of baby crocodiles, iguanas and caimans before they are released into the mangroves. Environmental awareness activities will also need to be organized to educate the local communities on the importance of such conservation work.
As a volunteer for this mission, you will have to have a love for animals and marine fauna. Good health and flexibility to work varying schedules will also be required, as it is possible that you will need to patrol the beach in the middle of the night. It would also be desirable for you to take a great interest in ecological and ethical issues. With regards to the environmental awareness activities, creative and innovative ideas will be considered an undeniable asset. Volunteers that have a good handle of the Spanish language and have the relevant experience will also have the opportunity to take part in projects concerning health, gender issues, ecotourism and education.