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Save sea turtles in Uruguay

Du möchtest eine besondere Reise erleben und dich dabei sozial engagieren?

Über das Projekt

The project to protect turtles in Uruguay has been running for more than 19 years. In Uruguay, very little importance is still attached to protecting the animals. It is therefore important for the project, which is led by biologists, to document observations as well as research and conservation activities.

  • Explore one of the most natural beaches in the world and help keep it clean
  • Patrol the beaches on evening and night walks
  • Live with international volunteers and learn new language skills
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From 390.00

Pay a deposit of 150.00


There are 5 different species of turtles in Uruguayan waters: green turtles (Chelonia mydas), loggerheads (Caretta caretta), leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea), olive ridleys (Lepidochelys olivacea) and hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata). The green turtle is declining in population worldwide, which is why it has been classified as “endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The core problems of the decline include: Overfishing as well as poaching.

During your volunteer work in Uruguay, you can discover a cheerful culture. For travelers with little knowledge of the language, we recommend taking a language course in advance to help you find your way around the country when travelling and on bus trips. Travel with friends from the language school and experience Uruguay.


  • Sighting and capture (using nets) of green turtle hatchlings in near-shore areas.
  • Once a week: Long distance surveys in search of stranded sea turtles.
  • Assisting the researchers with autopsies of a turtle.
  • Maintenance of the sea turtle visitor center.
  • Assisting with educational activities: raising public awareness by providing information to tourists and locals.
  • Participation in recreational activities at neighboring sites.
  • Supporting the rehabilitation of sick and weak sea turtles.
  • Cleaning and changing the water in the turtles’ swimming pools.
  • Help with tasks at the field station such as cleaning and cooking.

Travel must be organized by yourself!


  • Placement in a selected project
  • Accommodation in a local volunteer accommodation incl. VP
  • English and Spanish-speaking support on site
  • Help with the search for cheap flights
  • Provision of information material about the project and Uruguay
  • Support also during the project period
  • Certificate about your time in the project

Living arrangements

Accommodation: During your time in the sea turtle project in Uruguay, you will stay in simply furnished volunteer accommodation directly in the project location. Most of our projects take place on the beautiful Pacific coast. During the project, you will live with all the other volunteers directly on the beach, surrounded by beautiful nature.

Accommodation: Volunteer accommodation (shared room)
Meals: 3 typical meals per day

Typical day in a project

Every day is different with animals. As a rule, a normal working day starts between 07.30-9.00 and lasts until 16-17. The times depend on the tides of the water. Volunteers support the project for a 5-day week between 6-8 hours a day. At noon you have between 1-1.5 hours lunch break. During the nesting season you will help in the afternoon and take a shift at night, together with your team members.

Echte Geschichten, echte Erlebnisse

Wir sorgen dafür, dass wir unseren Reisenden die bestmögliche Unterstützung und einen guten Einblick in die neue Kultur bieten können. Projekte im Ausland bieten dir eine einmalige Gelegenheit, ein neues Land und deinen Traumjob kennenzulernen.

Uruguay - Country information

Uruguay - a land of discoveries in South America. Whether you explore the charming coastal towns, hike the lush countryside with its green hills, sample the delicious asados or immerse yourself in the lively tango music, Uruguay promises unique adventures! Immerse yourself deeply in the rich culture and history of this country, experience the relaxed lifestyle of the locals and enjoy the untouched nature. Uruguay has unforgettable experiences and diverse cultural treasures in store for you. So, discover Uruguay and enjoy life to the fullest!

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176.215 km²


3,4 million (2021)


Peso, US-Dollar are mostly accepted

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All programs can be booked with friends. If you would like to book a program as a group, we recommend that you enquire in advance. Each person must book the project individually.

Ideal for all programs are at least three months in advance. In principle it is also possible for us to place short-term applicants (volunteering and language study travel) in Uruguay.

Uruguay is a safe country and the people are very friendly and warmhearted. In big cities, as in every big city in the world, there is petty crime. When travelling, the following things should be taken into account: always keep an eye on valuables, always keep your hand luggage on your lap in buses, and at night you should not travel by bus or withdraw money from ATMs. Up-to-date information on the situation can be found at the Embassy or Foreign Office.

Please note that in Uruguay all electronic devices can only be used with an adapter. They are available in many electronics stores.

In principle, no language course is mandatory in advance. However, depending on the volunteering program, certain levels of the language of your destination country may be required to complete the project. We would be happy to advise you individually on your chosen project.

Depending on the program, we work with host families in the vicinity or there are volunteer houses at the project site.

For all programs you have to be covered by foreign health insurance. We will be happy to help you find a suitable insurance policy.

During the language school and in the volunteering projects, you will always have a direct contact person to help you with any problems. Of course you can also always contact us.

Application process for a volunteering program

Apply for a project on our website.

Make your deposit to secure a place for your project - you are welcome to contact us in advance to make sure there is still a place available for this period.

You will receive a separate booking confirmation from us by e-mail with further information.

For some programs we still need your resume.

You will receive an information package with the confirmation e-mail and have a fixed contact person for questions.

We plan your journey and help you with your travel arrangements.

Let´s start - be ready! we will contact you again and you will receive final information about 3 weeks before the start.


Before you set off for Uruguay, you should always take out travel health insurance, accident insurance, emergency insurance, liability insurance and, if possible, luggage insurance.

over 3 months

International health insurance for long-term trips

When you book a trip, you can conveniently book your international insurance with our insurance partner here. The international health insurance for long-term trips is particularly popular with our interns. This is particularly interesting for stays of more than 3 months. For all information, individual calculation and quick and easy booking, please click on the button on the right. Recommendation: Book comfort cover at a reasonable price and enjoy even more security*.

less than 3 months

All-round carefree protection

For travelers going abroad for a shorter period, less than 90 days, our partner offers a very good all-round carefree protection. For all information, individual calculation and easy booking, click on the button on the right.

*All insurance information and liability can be found on the website of our insurance partner. Please note that Jamso Trainee cannot accept any liability for the completeness and accuracy of linked pages. This is the responsibility of the respective insurance provider.

Are you ready to start your adventure abroad?

Apply today!

Would you like to start a project with us soon? Arrange an information appointment here.
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