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About Us

Time frame

Our marine turtle program begins at the onset of the Olive Ridley nesting season, generally around May 1st, and ends around November 15th.

To be accepted volunteers must stay with the program for at least two months and pay their entire expense

Please fill out the form at the link below.

Olive Ridley nesting

Olive Ridley nesting


No special skills or education is necessary, only the willingness to work in adverse weather conditions during the night.


Volunteers receive no salary and will be responsible for their entire expenses including food for about $120 to $170, and lodging at $300 dollars per month per person. The Group will find volunteers housing for families that fits their needs well before they arrive. In most cases volunteers will share a house. Volunteers with young children can hire house keepers, cooks, and baby sitters for $10 to $15 a day.

If selected, volunteers should obtain a tourist permit for up to 180 days. Although the Group will help volunteers extend their tourist permits if necessary.

Marine turtle program

Our marine nursery is one of the few in Mexico that remains open the year round to protect the Olive Redley, the Eastern Pacific Green, and the Leatherback .

Leatherback Hatchling

Leatherback hatchling

Our work

  • Collect nests from six different beaches and relocate to the nursery between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 am. 
  • Monitor and regulate nursery temperatures, the hatching and releasing of hatchlings, and the cleaning of nest boxes. 
  • Keep the greenhouse nursery good condition around the clock. 
  • Maintain computer records on nests collected, temperatures, and the cleaning of nests. 
  • Maintain and operate an all-terrain-vehicle, (sometimes during periods of heavy rain and very poor road conditions). 
  • Conduct slide shows, lectures and tours on our marine turtle program.
  • Conducting children environmental classes.

The remaining paragraphs outline the community of San Francisco and living conditions within:


San Francisco is a small country pueblo of 2,200 inhabitants, located 32 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. San Pancho, as its commonly referred to, is a community of small stores, shops, good restaurants, surfing and a regional hospital. The pueblo was rebuilt by President Echeverria in the early 70's . Its parks, market place and cobble stone roads reflect the charm of the Mexico.


The northwest edge of the pueblo is flanked by the Pacific Ocean and a one mile stretch of beach, and surrounded three sides by rolling green hills of heavy jungle. There are five other nesting beaches within walking distance of the pueblo.

Throughout the summer daytime temperatures are in the high 80's, nights 72° to 87°. The ocean temperature runs a warm 86°±. Humidity ranges from 65% to 100%. Heavy thunder storms and rain may occur at anytime between mid June and mid October. Yearly rainfall amounts can reach as high as 100 inches per year. Except for storms, winds are light, 3 to 9 mph.

Local Transportation

A p
ersonal vehicle is not necessary, although it may be helpful. Bus and mini bus service runs daily every 20 minutes between 5 AM and 10 PM. Members of the Group will also assist volunteers with transportation to purchase food and supplies,

Dune Buggy

The Dune Buggy

Many necessities can be found in San Pancho while a greater variety, including auto parts, gasoline, and a larger selection of groceries and household supplies can be obtained in Puerto Vallarta.


Telephones, e-mail and fax are available. English language newspapers and magazines are also available in Puerto Vallarta . Personal mail can be sent to the Group's post office box.


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