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Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Grenada

2 - 12 Weeks from

£730
17+
minimum age

  • Gain hands-on field experience with the world’s largest sea turtle
  • Experience the friendly and warm nature of the local people of Grenada
  • Discover the lush jungle and waterfalls in your freetime
  • Chance to experience the bright colours of the Grenada Carnival

Leatherback at sunset in Grenada

Project Costs

The cost for a 2-week placement is £730, 3 weeks is £995 (the cost for 4 weeks is £1305, 6 weeks is £1735, 9 weeks is £2385 and 12 weeks is £3035).  This includes quality accommodation, food, airport transfer (one pick-up scheduled for 6pm at Point Salines International Airport, Grenada on first day of placement), training and supervision; project t-shirts and WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support. Airfare, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in the cost. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.

Payment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £180 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. For those accepted, full payment must be made 2 months prior to departure. Once you have been accepted on the programme, we will send you a confirmation email including a short welcome pack full of information and facts to ensure you are fully prepared for your visit.

Leatherback head on photo Grenada

Project Dates

Project durations are for 3 weeks (but we are able to offer 2 weeks for those who cannot do 3 weeks, as long as you start on the official project start date or if we have specifically offered dates), and there are possibilities to join for 4, 6, 9 or 12 weeks too – please email: Victoria.McNeil@workingabroad.com for more details on this or about the possibilities for alternate placement durations.  We can be flexible with dates.

The nesting period for leatherbacks is from March – July. During this period you will spend the majority of your time conducting field research and assist with turtle watches.  Baby hatchlings start to emerge from May onwards, so you will also be doing nest excavations at that point.

Those participating in July/August will focus on Morning Surveys, nest excavations and hatchling release, summer camps and Carnival. NB Night patrols will cease once nesting numbers drop at some point in July. Sporadic night patrols may then take place as we also encounter hawksbill turtles nesting at Levera. The last week of the season is a relaxed week for volunteers, no night patrols, with Carnival Monday and Tuesday, then Wednesday-Friday only hatchling and nest work.  Also note that chances of seeing a nesting female during the last 3 week dates will be rare but you will see baby hatchlings!

Boat trip to Sandy Island Grenada“Combo” Reef Buddy & Ocean Spirits

We are also offering you the chance to combine both Reef Buddy and Ocean Spirits on a few select dates. This will allow you to extend your stay and experience Grenada’s sister island Carriacou for some scuba diving. Volunteers will receive PADI dive training, including speciality courses. For more information please visit:  Carribean Reef Buddy Project in Carriacou.

Here are the 2020 combo dates:

11 April to 2 May (Ocean Spirits) then 3 to 16 May (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
11 April to 2 May (Ocean Spirits) then 3 to 30 May (Reef Buddy) = 7 weeks
11 April to 2 May (Ocean Spirits) then 3 May to 27 June (Reef Buddy 8 weeks Eco DM) = 11 weeks
31 May to 13 June (Reef Buddy), then 13 June to 4 July (Ocean Spirits) = 5 weeks
28 June to 25 July (Reef Buddy), then 25 July to 15 Aug (Ocean Spirits) = 7 weeks
4 to 25 July (Ocean Spirits), then 26 July to 8 Aug (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
4 to 25 July (Ocean Spirits), then 26 July to 22 Aug (Reef Buddy) = 7 weeks
4 to 25 July (Ocean Spirits), then 26 July to 17 October (Reef Buddy 8 weeks Eco DM) = 11 weeks

For further information on start dates and alternate placement durations or “combo” pricing and queries, please email: victoria.McNeil@workingabroad.com

For Ocean Spirits dates, see below:

Start End Availability
February 29th 2020 March 21st 2020
March 21st 2020 April 11th 2020
April 11th 2020 May 2nd 2020
May 2nd 2020 May 23rd 2020
May 23rd 2020 June 13th 2020
June 13th 2020 July 4th 2020
July 4th 2020 July 25th 2020
July 25th 2020 August 15th 2020
Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Grenada

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