Activities

As a volunteer, you are part of SEATRU team whose mission is to monitor every turtle that lands on the beach to nest, ensure that the turtles nest undisturbed, all nests are protected and hatchling production is maximized. The work involved is very similar to work carried out in many sea turtle conservation programs throughout the world.

Green turtle lays multiple clutches in a breeding season

Green turtle camouflaging her nest to protect it from predators

Sea turtle nests under incubation at Chagar Hutang. Hatchlings will emerge after about two months of incubation.

Green turtle hatchlings

Night Duties

Morning / Day Duties

Other Activities

Programme Itinerary

A summary of the Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme itinerary is given below. Volunteers will be notified if there are any changes to the schedule.

TIME

ACTIVITIES

1030

Arrival at Terminal Jetty Shahbandar, Kuala Terengganu Malaysia. You will be greeted by SEATRU Team.

Registration, balance fee payment for Malaysian, distributing program shirt & program briefing.

1145

Boarding preparation. Final inspection.

1200

Board the ferry and depart to Redang Island.

Please help transfer the supplies and be responsible for your own baggage.

1330

Arrive at Long Beach and transfer to the speed boat.

Transfer supplies and baggage to the speedboat. Be warned that things may get wet.

1400

Arrive at Chagar Hutang Turtle Field Station & Sanctuary.

Unloading supplies and baggage to the quarters.

1500

On-site briefing.

1800

Dinner (prepared by staff and volunteers)

1900

Dinner and cleaning of kitchen.

2000 – 0000

Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence.
All staff and volunteers are involved.

0000 – 0300

Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence
by Group 1 and SEATRU staff on duty.
If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.

0300 – 0600

Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence
by Group 2 and SEATRU staff on duty.
If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.

TIME

ACTIVITIES

0700

Breakfast (prepared by staff and volunteers)

0800

Marking and measuring of new nests
from the night before. Nest Check and Excavation.

1200

Lunch (prepared by staff and volunteers)

1800

Dinner (prepared by staff and volunteers)

1900

Dinner and cleaning of kitchen.

2000 – 0000

Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities
and hatchling emergence.
All staff and volunteers are involved.

0000 – 0300

Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence by Group 1 and SEATRU staff on duty. If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.

0300 – 0600

Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence by Group 2 and SEATRU staff on duty. If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.

For the hourly day patrols each group takes a 2 hour roster at one time. All groups consist of 2 volunteers.

0800 : Group 1

1000 : Group 2

1200 : Group 3

1400 : Group 4

1600 : Group 5

 

TIME

ACTIVITIES

0700

Breakfast (prepared by staff and volunteers)

0800

Marking and measuring of new nests from the night before.

Nest check and excavation.

Cleaning of quarters.

1000

Boarding preparation. Please check your baggage.

Group photo.

1015

Board the speedboat and depart to Long Beach.

1130

Board the ferry and depart to mainland.

1300

Arrive at Terminal Jetty Shahbandar. End of volunteer program.