Volunteering on Boavista

Nesting season / working period: 15 June – 31 October

Anyone is welcome to apply for volunteering in our sea turtle conservation project on Boavista as long as he/she meets the basic requirements.

Before you apply for volunteering, please read carefully our GENERAL INFORMATION document (PDF) for all necessary information about our project, your duties and responsibilities as a team member, local living conditions, etc. This PACKING LIST (PDF) provides you with more detailed information about necessary equipment for your stay. All volunteers will participate at their own risk. Please read our RISK WAVER (PDF) carefully. Successfull applicants will be asked to sign this risk waiver upon arrival on Boavista.

  • Applications for volunteer’s positions can be made for this year’s and the next year’s nesting season (15 June – 31 October).
  • Please use the online volunteer application form you find below.
  • Long term volunteers who want to stay for eight weeks and more are requested to send a CV that can be attached application form.
  • Only complete applications will be considered. Thanks for your understanding!

Prior to applying

Before you decide to apply you should be sure that you can answer the following questions with a clear and honest “YES”:

  • Did you carefully read our General Information document?
  • Are you at least 18 years?
  • Are you aware that …
    • … working as a volunteer in the field can be very hard and time consuming?
    • … while your work to protect and preserve sea turtles will certainly be educational, interesting and exciting at times, and always rewarding, volunteer work can also be tedious, repetitive, and boring sometimes?
    • … our work will often be carried out under difficult and uncomfortable conditions (e.g., marching through the sand at night, in the heat, mosquitoes)?
    • … there won’t be much free time besides work and that you will miss out on sleep?
    • … you will live in basic shared accommodation (shared tent in campsites), and you will spend your nights at the nesting beaches (you can rest in a tent in your free time)?
    • … food uses local ingredients, is based on local standards, and therefore often repetitive and simple?
    • … you will work and live alongside with young, local soldiers, who do not speak a language other than Portuguese/Creole?
  • Are you willing to pay for your travel costs to the project as well as a daily fee for food and lodging?
  • Are you willing to stay and work for at least two (preferably three or more) weeks with our project?
  • Are you able to converse, receive and understand instructions in English (our working language) or Portuguese?

If you can’t answer “YES” to all the above questions, it is unlikely we will be able to take you as a volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Online application form for volunteers

Of course we are respecting the existing data privacy protection regulations. Your data will be used within the Turtle Foundation only, and will not be disclosed to third parties. Please also read our privacy policy.

Fields indicated with asterisk (*) are mandatory.

Personal details

Minimum age 18 years!

Passport information

Required for visa application

Exactly as in passport!

Exactly as in Passport!

Emergency contact

E.g., parents or partner

Language skills
About you
Desired period of commitment / Date (minimum time 2 weeks): Volunteer assignments are possible between June until mid-October.
Project preferences

During their stay, volunteers will be allocated to one of the projects, but if needed, they may be requested to shift to another beach. Allocations will be based primarily on project needs, but staff will try to respect volunteer preferences and individual skills.

Please upload your photo and curriculum vitae

(CV obligatory for long term volunteers only)

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Source of information
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If you experience any troubles with the online volunteer application form or if you are not sure that the form was sent correctly please drop us a message to reischig@turtle-foundation.org (just use the email button). Thanks!