Crocodile Conservation - Mexico

Company : Concordia International Volunteers
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Marine Conservation Volunteer / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: Mexico
Location : Mexico
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 0 to 500 £ Pound (UK)

Vive Mexico in cooperation with the environmental management unit "Cocodrilos de Nayar". In coastal area of Nayarit, there is a great need to protect the American crocodile species Acutus. 

Due to the destruction, pollution, invasion of their habitat by humans, exploiting their skin and flesh, this crocodile species is in danger of extinction. Since 2010, a team of professional biologists and conservationists began to create a site where crocodiles could be relocated in a safe area for the species and the local population. This work is done by the team which invites volunteers to help to take care of crocodiles and this sanctuary, allowing visitors and the general public learn about their behaviour and how to live in harmony with them.

Location: RINCON DE GUAYABITOS, NAYARIT, MEXICO

Work : Always accompanied by an expert, the volunteers will develop various activities throughout the week including the monitoring of the health of the crocodiles ecosystem, to count the number of individuals, to assist in feeding the crocodiles and cleaning the areas where they are temporarily in captivity and helping with watering plants needed to provide shade for the individuals in captivity. Further, the volunteers will take photographs and samples of the habitat and put up signals in those crocodile areas as well as prepare of reports with information of this species in the wild and in captivity.

Location & Leisure: The project will take place in the area called Rincon de Guayabitos in the state of Nayarit, located in the majestic mountain range of Sierra Madre Occidental and at the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The coast Riviera Nayarit is emerging as one of the most attractive and magic destinations of Mexico. The area extends approximately 300 kilometres along the coast, integrated by mountainous jungle and facing coastal islands, which makes this place ideal for those seeking a more rural and authentic experience with magic beach towns in Mexico the Riviera In their free time volunteers can go and discover the beaches and town Bahia de Banderas, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita, the astonishing Marietas Islands with hidden beaches in caves, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a hotel in a shared room with all facilities available (private bathroom, hot water, pool, WIFI, air conditioning, vegetarian options). Notes: For volunteers who are interested in learning Spanish, there will be a Spanish course organized before the project starts in the city of Morelia.

Costs: 110 Euros, including lodging for 7 days in a Youth Hostel in Morelia city, materials and language theory and practice activities for 15 hours with a professional teacher. (Meals are not included). Study: n/a

Extra fee: 295.00 EUR

Costs / Benefits

Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia, and fund their own travel and insurance. Board and accommodation is free of charge for most projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa, volunteers may pay an extra fee on arrival of approximately £100 to £200, which covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the host country.

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