Program Details

  • Date

     February 21, 2017

  • Departing

     Departures every Monday

  • Price

    For 2017
    Minimum of 2 wks - maximum of 10 wks
    Conservation Internship
    £1395 - 2 weeks
    £1545 - 3 weeks
    £1695 - 4 weeks
    £1845 - 5 weeks
    + £150 per extra week

    (Currency Converter)

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     mexico, mexico-internship, Single Project Interns, Programs

Mexico

A Latin American dream come true.
Mexico
A Place Like No Other

Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures; a modern, industrialised and well-educated country that's full of history. American, Spanish and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place that mixes the developed and developing worlds: a stimulating cocktail of wealth and poverty, colour and vibrancy.

You’ll encounter mountains and volcanoes, deserts and beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and civilizations, and nearly 30 World Heritage Sites. In addition, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with over 200,000 different species of flora and fauna. In summary, it’s a little slice of paradise!

This is a lively, fun-loving destination with great social scene and you’re likely to make some local friends as many young Mexicans speak great English.

Varied regional cultures of dance, art, music and lifestyle, and a remarkable diversity of landscapes, all contribute to the countries’ endless charms. It truly is the place to experience it all!

Conservation in Mexico
Protect and Preserve the Beloved Turtle

A rare and incredible opportunity to work directly with sea turtles, helping to protect their nests and eggs, and directly contributing to the protection of these increasingly endangered creatures-all while living near the beach and enjoying all that the Magical Mexico has to offer.

Moreover, you can work closely with crocodiles and iguanas, and take part in ongoing and important biodiversity studies in nearby lagoons and estuaries. The data gathered is used by researchers across the Americas.

Turtles

As a taster, you will:

  • Come into direct contact with turtles (Olive Ridley Turtle, Black Turtle, Leatherback Turtle), looking after their general wellbeing (ensuring that they are well fed, clean, unstressed, uninjured and that they are measured and weighed once a month)
  • Complete night patrols along the beach to identify new turtle nests and collect eggs to relocate them to safety
  • Monitor the nests where the relocated eggs have been placed
  • Collect information about the in situ or poached nests for research and statistical purposes
  • Help release baby turtles into the sea (seasonal)
  • Please note that there is a risk of not seeing any turtles on just a 2 week project between Dec and April.

    Crocs and iguanas

    Once a week you’ll visit La Colorado Crocodile Centre to clean and maintain their pens, take biometric data and mark the crocodiles in nearby lagoons.

    Baby and adult green iguanas need feeding too!

    Biodiversity studies

    Studies will be undertaken to monitor the presence and condition of wildlife in a nearby estuary and lagoon, and a register is kept through direct observation and trap cameras for night surveillance.

    Also, by first helping to grow mangrove seedlings, you’ll be doing vital conservation work re-foresting areas that have been damaged or removed.

    Extra activities will involve beach clean-ups and educational and environmental outreach in nearby schools and communities.

    Work will normally be around 5 hours/day.

    Minimum number of weeks is 2.

    You don’t need any previous experience to participate, but moderate fitness helps.

    This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

    Download more information about our project aims here ->

    Intern Essentials

    How it works in country, from where you stay to who looks after you.
    Overseas staff in Mexico
    A Network of Support

    The main office is in Guadalajara where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves.

    All our staff are trained in the UK and in-country to follow the best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.

    Additionally, they’ll assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.

    On arrival at the camp you will have an induction briefing.

    Your induction will include:

  • A Welcome Pack with details of the local office and other volunteers, maps, and other useful information (such as banks, doctors, and public transport).
  • A tour of the area on local transport that you'll need to use regularly.
  • Advice on local customs and what to expect while you are away to help you feel confident in your new environment.
  • Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family/camp, project and supervisor.

    Where we're based in Mexico
    Ideal Location

    Turtle conservation:

    Here you’ll be based at a conservation and research centre on the Pacific coast (4 hours by bus from the main office in Guadalajara)-just a 20 minute walk from Cuyutlan which is a small coastal town (population 78,000).

    Tecoman is a short drive away and a larger town with plenty of wi-fi facilities and weekend activities!

    Flights and transfers in Mexico
    Door to Door

    We will help you organise your flights out to Guadalajara (GDL), via Mexico City or US airports such as Dallas or Houston.

    Arrival: You may need to spend your first and possibly second night in Guadalajara at a host family. From there, you’ll be provided with a bus to Tecoman (unaccompanied) and then all volunteers are collected at the bus station and taken by car to the camp.

    Departure: you will be provided with a bus straight to the airport.

    Accommodation and Food in Mexico
    Home Away From Home

    Beach Camp

    All volunteers will live together in a camp on the outskirts of Cuyutlán, just 40m from the beach, where there are 2 single sex, 10-bed dormitories.

    A member of the staff lives in the house in a different dormitory and there is also a work area and a communal area for dining and relaxing.

    Tecoman (80,000 inhabitants) is just 20km away and reachable by taxi.

    There are no Internet or landline phone connections at camp but you’ll usually have opportunity to go to Tecoman at least twice a week to check e-mails, buy refreshments, etc.

    Food

    3 meals a day will be provided.

    Mexican food is always very popular with all the volunteers. Generally you’ll be indulging on:

  • Chicken, pork, fish, rice, beans, avocados, enchiladas, tacos and lots of chilli!
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables are always readily available
  • Good cheap beer and tequila (if you so desire)!
  • In terms of drinking water, tap water is not okay to drink but all houses and placements have bottled water and it is sold in every grocery store.

    For our conservation programme, lunch is provided by a local cook, with a late lunch being the main meal of the day. There is basic food provided in the fully-equipped kitchen for volunteers to make breakfast and dinner.

    Special diets can be accommodated – just let us know.

    Spending money in Mexico
    Budget to Explore

    The local currency in Mexico is the Peso. US$1 is about 20 MXN. £1 – 25MXN

    A realistic amount for exploring at the weekends (budget accommodation & public transport) and occasionally eating/drinking out during the week = about ₤50 per week, but please budget separately for adventurous activities which can be more expensive.

    Backpacker favourites in Mexico
    Work Hard, Play Hard

    Mexico is a backpacker’s dream and a good bus network connects most towns in Mexico, traveller highlights and surrounding countries such as Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica.

    Top trips:

  • Guadalajara is fondly known as the most Mexican of cities; sombreros, mariachi music, tequila and rodeo riders all originated here
  • A must see is a football fiesta followed by a meal of tortas ahogadas (pork rolls drowned in chilli sauce)
  • Salsa classes and dance-filled nights out
  • Beaches, hills, jungles or mountains are abundant and easily accessible
  • Chichen Itza Mayan temples
  • Climbing up ancient pyramids
  • Churches, ruins, rivers and coral reefs galore
  • Whale-watching and surfing the Mexican waves on the West coast
  • Weather in Mexico
    Fun in the Sun

    The climate varies throughout Mexico, with Guadalajara generally being mild and dry and Tecoman warmer.

  • Heat – Warmest from March to June (up to 32°C)
  • Rains – June to September; rarely cause any serious disruption
  • Cold – Daytime temperatures are consistently mild but it can get cold at night from November to March (jeans and a sweater suggested!)
  • Can't Wait to Get Started? Fantastic

    If you want to explore the wonder's of Mexico, while making a real difference, then take the next step.

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