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   Sea Turtle Volunteer Program

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Program Description

Sea Turtles 911 offers a Volunteer Program for those who are interested in doing volunteer work with sea turtles on Hainan Island, China. Volunteers in our program get hands-on experience working with one of the most ancient and amazing creatures alive today sea turtles. Since it is our immediate goal to revive populations on and near Hainan, raising sea turtles in preparation for release is important to us. Volunteers in our program will conduct all aspects of sea turtle husbandry - such as feeding sea turtles, cleaning nets, and assisting in medical treatments. Volunteers will 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.

Where is this Located?

Our 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." Our programs are located in and around the southern part of Hainan. If you like beaches and warm weather, Sanya is the place for you.

Volunteer Activities

Volunteers in our program get hands-on experience working with one of the most ancient and amazing creatures alive today sea turtles. Since it is our immediate goal to revive populations on and near Hainan, the bulk of activities will be focused on raising sea turtles. Volunteers will share responsibilities such as feeding sea turtles, cleaning nets, monitoring water chemistry, and administering antibiotics when needed. Volunteers will 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.

Experience Chinese Culture

Working with us in Hainan is not only a great chance to learn about sea turtles and play a vital role in their conservation, but 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 local's point of view. You will have the opportunity to develop important understanding and friendships with people who have literally thousands of years experience with sea turtles. We take an active role to ensure volunteers feel like part of the local community.

Food & Lodging

Volunteer accommodations are located on-land near our floating sea turtle hospital. They are modern with a common living area, internet accessible computers, a shared bathroom, kitchen, an open rooftop terrace, and several bedrooms that you may share with one or two others depending on how many volunteers and interns we have at any given time. If it is necessary for you to travel to other cities for whatever sea turtle related reason, living space will be arranged for you. We will undertake costs associated with utilities and general housing maintenance. Additional costs brought about by volunteer's acts of negligence or any fees associated which individual lifestyle will be the responsibility of said volunteer.

Three Chinese-style meals will be provided per day either at a local restaurant or prepared for you by our Chinese chef who cooks traditional Chinese food. There's nothing like real Chinese food in China!

Visa to China

China requires all travelers to obtain a visa for entry into the People's Republic of China. Visas can be obtained in person at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in your area. If it is not convenient for you to visit the Chinese Embassy or Consulate, travel and visa agencies can help you handle the visa process for a fee. Apply for a tourist visa with a maximum stay longer than the time you intend on volunteering.

Getting to us

We are glad to help organize travel if needed. The best way to get to us is flying to Haikou city (airport code: HAK), Hainan Island, from any major Chinese city, including Hong Kong.

Session Dates

We are flexible with session dates anytime of the year. We do, however, request a minimum commitment of 2 weeks for our Volunteer Program.

Program Fee

Since we are a registered non-profit, we rely on program fees to fuel our mission to save the sea turtles from extinction. The total program fee will depend on how much time you want to participate in our program; some people prefer 2 weeks, while others prefer 3 months. Our Volunteer Program fee is $250 USD per week.
The program fee covers the costs of:
  • Lodging (all utilities paid for)
  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Airport pickup transportation to your home

Questions?

Please review our
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have other concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How to Register

If you are looking for an amazing overseas adventure, living on a tropical island, experiencing Chinese culture, and making a difference to the world, our volunteer program is for you.
To register, complete the
Program Registration Form.

     
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