LAMAVE's turtle research and conservation projects will allow volunteers to study turtles in the water through photo identification and other research work.


LAMAVE is looking to conduct another turtle research and conservation project in the Philippines at a brand new site.

This pioneering project will use photo-identification as a minimally invasive technique to collect baseline data on the local turtle population. The project will also conduct other research methods to study turtle behaviour. Volunteers will get the chance to be in the water and observe these turtles in the wild. Thus, volunteers need to be confident swimmers.

By the end of your time here, you will be very knowledgeable in turtle biology and non-invasive research methods.

You will learn how to do turtle photo identification, recording behavioral observations, and collection of genetic samples, as well as how to work in a multicultural team in a remote and exotic location.

Typical day

The team works everyday, with two days every two weeks. Days off are on a rotation schedule.

An average day starts at 6:00 am and work generally finishes by 8:00 pm, or once tasks are complete. Weather dependent, you will be in the water 4 days and on land 2 days a week.

During an average day you will conduct 3 in-water surveys, meaning you will be in the water for approximately 3 hours a day.

The project has a 9:00 PM curfew for all volunteers to ensure safety, rest and recovery.



Free-time activities

On days off and other free time, volunteers can see the sights around the project area and experience Philippine culture. You can go diving, snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and more.


Company: LAMAVE Research Inst. Phils.
Location: Asia
Town: Dumaguete City
Country: Philippines


Contact person: Linda
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Turtle Researcher