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Volunteer Work

Help the Iguana center and Turtle camp

Iguanario Barra Navidad and Red de Humedales

This is for volunteers who like to be in the nature and are not afraid of any reptiles.


Protection and Conservation of reptiles. The Iguanario center is a small private organization located about 10 min. outside from Puerto Escondido.

It is a public institution open from 7am to 7 pm with the goal to capture and help any injured animal and to reproduce the iguanas, crocodiles and other animals that are staying at the iguanarium.

For visitors tours are being organized, to see the following animals: carnivorous and vegetarian iguanas, crocodiles, snakes, geese, land turtles, chickens and birds. It looks like a simple and small farm.

The turtle camp where volunteers can go for one night could be in different beaches depending on the season and availability. The nearest turtle camp is in La Punta area near our surf camp and the other one is about 15 minutes out of Puerto Escondido.

These camps are responsible for saving turtle eggs as much as they can by going out at night doing patrols by walk or by quad.

Once the volunteers find turtle eggs, they transport them and save them in one special reserve.


Minimum participation: 1 week
Spanish level: Basic
Work clothing: at the iguanarium, clothes for getting dirty and at the turtlecamp long clothes.
Additionally, for the turtle camp: a flashlight, sleeping bag, repellent.

Working hours

Iguanarium center
from 7:00 – 11:00 am Monday to Friday
Turtle camp
from 06:00 pm. – 07:00 am on Friday night


Working materials
Certificate at the end of stay.

Do not include

meals or


  • Help mainly in all type of daily farmer work as planting seeds, washing and cleaning ponds and reptile’s corals as well as cutting food like vegetables or fruits of the season, which they need a lot of.
  • In the mating season volunteers can help to keep eggs safe and to count them.
  • In case of receiving children groups, volunteers can help to give an explanation in English to them, also translate the guide tour to foreign people

Extra options

  • In the turtle camp volunteers can help by making patrols looking for the turtle eggs, transporting them and putting them in a safe place near the turtle camp for make sure that nobody is stealing them.
Contribute your knowledge and efforts to the local projects and organizations
while practicing the language and working together!

5 easy steps to volunteer

Step 1. Pick a Project. Choose the one that suits you best by the requirements, duties, and your passions.

Step 2. Fill out a short registration form. Tell us what Project you would like to do, when and why

Step 3. Contact us with any questions you have and to request to volunteer!

Step 4. When we confirm the dates of your Project participation and accommodation, pay the Volunteer Deposit to secure your booking.

Step 5. Come to Puerto Escondido and make a difference!

Volunteer accommodation

There are three different options where volunteers can stay.

  • School residence: about 20-25 min. by public transport
  • Surf camp: about 20-25 min. by walk and public transport
  • Host family: about 20-40 min. by public transport

Volunteer Programs

A lifetime experience and a great opportunity to learn and practice your spanish, support the local community and help us preserve the nature. Come join us. Change a life