Two field camps are planned, one at Serra Negra and one at Mont Leão, the only Marine Protected Zone (MPZ) in Cape Verde. In 2011 & 2012 Serra Negra had the highest density of turtles on Sal - it is therefore the best opportunity to work with turtles and is also where the majority of training will take place. Mont Leão has a lower nesting density but has a high mortality rate and therefore is a critical area for protection. Both beaches are only 20 minutes drive from Santa Maria but are quiet and infrequently visited. By participating in these camps you will make a very real difference to the survival of nesting turtles on Sal. You will stay on the beach in groups of three or four living in tents, for three to six nights and have one day of rest in Santa Maria each week. We may share the camp with soldiers.
During the night you will make patrols in the area and during the day will have time to rest and swim and perform maintenance duties around the camp (including beach cleaning). There is a pit toilet and shaded areas but limited fresh water. Drinking water and basic foodstuff is provided, including rice, pasta, sugar & tinned goods but you will be responsible for bringing fresh food, bread and other items with you. Facilities and comfort will be limited so you should be sure that you are able to cope with these conditions before you apply for this option. You will be advised what you need to bring if you are offered a place.