hands-on experience working with one of the most
ancient and amazing creatures alive today – sea
turtles. The immediate goal is to revive
populations on and near Hainan, raising sea turtles
in preparation for release.
You'll conduct all aspects
of sea turtle husbandry - such as feeding sea
turtles, cleaning nets, and assisting in medical
You'll also get the opportunity
to work with local children and adults in community
outreach and education programs to build awareness
about the importance of sea turtle conservation.
This is not only a great chance
to learn about sea turtles and play a vital role in
their conservation, but also an opportunity to experience
Chinese culture and interact with Chinese people at
a grass-roots level. On a daily basis, we are out
talking to local people, discussing the sea turtle's
plight and also trying to understand the locals'
point of view. You will have the opportunity to
develop important understanding and friendships with
people who have literally thousands years of
experience with sea turtles.
The Project sea turtle hospital is located in a
floating fishing village near the city of Sanya on
Hainan Island, a famous international tropical
seaside resort area, which is often referred to as
the "Hawaii of China". The programs are located in
and around the southern part of Hainan. If you like
beaches and warm weather, Sanya is the place for
A TYPICAL SCHEDULE
A typical day greatly depends on the projects you
work on. If you are stationed
at the floating hospital, each morning we get up
and, after breakfast, catch a boat taxi out to the
Morning responsibilities involve
greeting and checking in on all the turtles, giving
vitamins, feeding, monitoring activity and appetite,
and examining the rehab patients for any changes.
Mornings are also great for side projects, research,
and general hospital care-taking.
Afternoons tend to
be spent on land, as the whole village tends to go
into 'siesta' mode during the hottest part of the
day. People are often found sitting in the shade
with a tea or napping. We use this time to relax
indoors, get work done on our computers and prepare
for any upcoming events.
Late afternoon we go back
to the floating hospital for the majority of rehab
treatments and to feed the turtles their evening
Rehab treatments can include tube feeding, fluid
therapy, antibiotic administration, etc.
it's dinner time and evenings are usually pretty
free; we'll get some needed computer work done,
individual projects, or public education and
campaigns, or socialize and network with fishermen
families or some of our organization's partners,
explore the village, or have some personal time. We
all tend to stay pretty busy as we have a big job to
do here in China and need all the help we can get!
We recommend you plan on any personal exploration to
be done either before or after your participation in
our Volunteer Program; but don't worry, you'll get a
huge China experience going out into our floating
fishing village, interacting with the locals, and
changing the world, one sea turtle at a time.
Schedule: during the evening times:
volunteers are free to do their own thing. No program activities are
scheduled (unless stated otherwise)
**Please note; This schedule can be changed and/or
amended depending on weather conditions, local
conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**