Our local not-for-profit organization, established in 1995, monitors and protects critically endangered nesting sea turtles (Hawksbills & Leatherbacks) and their habitats, carries on youth environmental education and conservation practices, and trains turtle/nature local guides.
Volunteers will actively participate in the monitoring and data-collection of 2 critically endangered sea turtle species, Leatherback and Hawksbill, which nest on 3 different beaches on the Island. These activities will help reduce the illegal poaching of turtles and eggs.
This will involve:
- Night patrols on foot in a Nature Park area - 8 PM to 5:30 AM, 5 nights a week
- Working with local guides or field research assistants, helping with tagging post-nesting sea turtles; carapace measuring and other data collection; disguising tracks and nests against poaching activities; egg counting and mapping nest location; eggs relocation when needed
- Hatchling monitoring
- Early morning beach patrols following night patrols
- Beach clean up
Research Assistant needed with experience in nesting sea turtle monitoring and tagging
Accommodation in a bungalow or in a Pagoda with bunk beds
- $500 for the first 30 days ($16.7/day)
- $15 per any additional day
- Payment for the first month ($500) is non-refundable
For Research Assistants:
- Food allowance of 10 US$ per day
- Expenses such as flights or other transportation costs are covered by RAs
- $800 for the first 60 days
- $12 per any additional day
- Payment for the first 2 months ($800) is non-refundable
Payment is due on arrival or at least 15 days before arrival via money transfer (in this case we add bank charges).
Our accommodations provide a kitchen
- KIDO is part of WIDECAST-Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network,
- Volunteers need to have a keen and genuine interest in conservation and ecology and have love and respect for all animals, wild and domestic.
- Only vegetarian, non-smoker, non-alcohol and non-drug users accepted
- Volunteers must be good swimmers, physically fit to walk long distances on soft, sandy beaches and nature trails, working in any weather conditions.
- Flexibility to adapt to changing schedules when required & able to adapt to work nightshifts and sleep during the day.
- Be willing to work under instructions as a team member.
- Volunteers has to keep tidy and clean their quarters at all times, all living spaces at KIDO are communal
- Volunteers are required to have their own travel insurance
Our mission: The social and the environmental must now come together; indeed, they should have never been apart.
Our goal: preserve the natural ecosystems, fauna, and flora; encourage sustainable development through conservation activities involving as well as educating youths; promote eco-tourism and social advancement of women
Our projects carry out programs and activities locally, focusing on nature conservation, habitat restoration (beaches & mangroves), preservation of endangered species (sea turtles), wildlife monitoring/ID with youths (resident & migratory birds), youth environmental education and conservation practices and Turtle/Nature Guide training, and the development of socio-economic opportunities at the community level (ecotourism).