Akazul is a UK registered not-for-profit Community Interest Company. Registration No. 07411520  © 2011

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Akazul is a small, independent, not-for-profit organisation. We greatly value all contributions which help support our conservation efforts, from small donations, volunteer participation, or simply by spreading the word. Here, you can find out more ways to get involved which will help enable Akazul to continue its work in Guatemala.

All donations of any size are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit the project by helping to develop our community based conservation activities. Please also consider making a small monthly or annual donation, which will help secure Akazul with regular funding. If you would like to make a financial contribution to Akazul please donate securely via Paypal where all major credit and debit cards are also accepted.

Our Sponsor a Nest scheme allows us to protect more sea turtles by purchasing eggs directly from local egg-collectors. By selling Akazul their nests, collectors are still able to receive their vital income, but the eggs are contributed to conservation efforts rather than used for human consumption. If you would like to find out more about this scheme, please visit our Sponsor a Nest page.

Raising awareness and spreading the word about Akazul is an easy way to help promote our cause and encourage further support for our work, as well as other organisations in the same field. You can receive regular updates about Akazul, and join on-line petitions to help global conservation issues through our Facebook page and blog site. Please help us by sharing this website and these links:





If you have any additional fundraising ideas, or feel you can support Akazul in any other way, please contact us.

If you would like to help support Akazul by participating in field work within Guatemala, we will be welcoming independent, dedicated and hard working individuals to assist with our research and community based activities from July 2012. Volunteering with Akazul will be challenging and rewarding, and will provide a unique opportunity to experience the rustic culture of Guatemala’s Pacific coast, whilst contributing to the local community and our coastal conservation efforts.

If you would like more detailed information about volunteering with Akazul, including activities and costs, please contact us.

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Annual membership is a great way to show support for the project and remain informed of the latest project developments. For the special price of £10, in return for their support members will twice a year receive the members exclusive “Akazul Members Magazine”- an electronic magazine which includes news from the field, project updates, interviews, exclusive Akazul photographs from the field and the latest marine conservation news. This is a great way to support the project, can make a great gift with all proceeds going directly into the sea turtle conservation project in La Barrona.


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Conducting nightly beach patrols, (minimum 4 hours per night).

Assisting in scientific data collection and monitoring of nesting sea turtles.

Hatchery management activities including egg burial, hatchling release and post-hatching nest excavations.

Habitat monitoring, surveying local flora and fauna.

Assisting in various community based conservation activities, including, environmental education classes, capacity building workshops, social surveys and learning local skills.

We encourage volunteers to be proactive and are happy to discuss any potential project or research ideas you may have prior to arrival.

Volunteering Activities Include
Home Community Conservation Ecology Sponsor a Nest Team

Relevant experience / qualifications are helpful but not necessary. The most important requirements are to have an open mind, and to be enthusiastic and hardworking.

Volunteers must be prepared to live and work in rustic conditions.

Much of the work will involve walking long hours on the beach at night, so volunteers must also have a good level of fitness and be prepared for sleep disruption.

In order to gain maximum benefit from project participation, we advise volunteers to make a minimum time commitment of four weeks (although we will consider shorter- term volunteers).

Volunteer accommodation will be on a home-stay basis with local families, who will provide a basic, comfortable room and three meals a day.

Volunteers need to support themselves financially throughout their stay and are responsible for making their own travel and insurance arrangements.

Volunteer experience is greatly enhanced with a basic understanding of the Spanish language. There are many good schools offering language courses in Guatemala, including in and around Antigua, Xela and Lago de Atitlán.

Volunteer Requirements