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Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Grenada

2 - 12 Weeks from

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 £785 for 2 weeks, £1077 for 3 weeks, £1418 for 4 weeks, £1891 for 6 weeks, £2606 for 9 weeks and £3321 for 12 weeks.  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.

2021 combo dates:

10 April to 1 May (Ocean Spirits) plus 2 to 15 May (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
1 to 22 May (Ocean Spirits) plus 23 May to 5 June (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
22 May to 12 June (Ocean Spirits) plus 13 to 26 June (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
12 June to 3 July (Ocean Spirits) plus 4 to 17 July (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
3 to 24 July (Ocean Spirits) plus 25 July to 7 August (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks
24 July to 14 Aug (Ocean Spirits) plus 15 to 28 August (Reef Buddy) = 5 weeks

7 week Combo options and 11 week Eco DM all available too, if you add on 4 or 8 weeks instead of 2 weeks with Caribbean Reef Buddy.

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
March 20th 2021 April 10th 2021 6 places available
April 10th 2021 May 1st 2021 6 places available
May 1st 2021 May 22nd 2021 6 places available
May 22nd 2021 June 12th 2021 5 places available
June 12th 2021 July 3rd 2021 3 places available
July 3rd 2021 July 24th 2021 6 places available
July 24th 2021 August 14th 2021 6 places available
Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Grenada

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