Turtle Conservation Montserrat aims to bring volunteers to Montserrat to work with the annual visiting turtle population. Volunteers help monitor the turtles and collect eggs to take to the hatchery for incubation. This work is critical for the survival of turtles on Montserrat.
Monitoring of visiting turtle population of green, leatherback. loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, plus help with egg collection and releasing hatchlings into the wild. Can assist with outreach to the general public, advising on how to treat turtles when they arrive on beaches so as not to disturb them.
Accommodation is either in the manager's cottage, depending on numbers, or at the Hot Rock Hostel. Both are located in Friths, close to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and within walking distances of the beaches where the turtles nest. Transport is provided for the volunteering work. The cost does not include transport to and from the island.
Breakfast and evening meals are included.
US$300 per week which includes accommodation but not food, except for breakfast and evening meals
all pretrip assistance, orientation and social activities are free. Tours can be arranged or the manager can take volunteers on a tour if they rent a jeep for the day (US$40 for jeep rental).
Visit the nesting turtles and learn the basic principles of turtle conservation
Tags, help developing hatchery which hasn't been used for 2 years but is essential, a vehicle for volunteer transport
Manager - coordination of bookings, assisting volunteers and arranging conservation
Turtle Conservation Specialist - takes volunteers and trains them in all aspect of turtle conservation and outreach, plus trains to assist in egg collection and using hatchery
John Jeffers is highly experienced in turtle conservation, with over 30 years experience, and received an MBE from the Queen in recognition of his work.
Carolyne Coleby is a photographer and environmentalist who has lived in Montserrat since 2004.
Yes, optimum time for turtle nesting activities is May - end of August. September may best be avoided due to hurricane activity in the Caribbean. Sept - Dec to assist with hatchlings.
Carolyne Coleby is the manager of Turtle Conservation Montserrat, working with John Jeffers MBE, to teach volunteers all about turtle conservation.