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  • Mass turtle poaching from ocean

  • Boats transport poached turtles

  • Stuffed in sacks for sale at harbor

  • Packaged in boxes to be shipped

  • Sold as food in restaurants

  • Shells processed into bracelets

  • Assorted turtle shell products

  • Preserved turtle as wall mount

  • Products sold at open street stalls

  • Sold in display counters at malls

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Volunteers release sea turtle on beach

Introduction
Sea Turtles 911 offers a Volunteer Community Service Program for people who are interested in volunteer opportunities in sea turtle conservation. The impactful work contributed by volunteers have been featured on the BBC, CNN, and the National Geographic.

The volunteer program is currently located in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Volunteer educates tourists during sea turtle eco tourism

Volunteers tabling at hotel resort

Volunteer in Educational Tourism
Volunteers educate the local community and tourists about the importance of protecting sea turtles. They are involved in public outreach activities at various venues to raise awareness for marine conservation. Through tourism, volunteers have the opportunity to educate more people about the challenges in protecting sea turtles and possible solutions to address them. In Hawaii, sea turtles can be frequently seen in both the near shore waters and on land along coastal beaches, so volunteers have the unique opportunity to educate tourists at the beaches where wild sea turtles can be seen.

Volunteers may also help develop and implement new education programs, activities, and events, in the local community or hotel resorts. Depending on the location, this could include tabling and providing guests with sea turtle conservation presentations, activities, events, such as beach clean-ups. Furthermore, volunteers may assist in building partnerships with organizations, governments, media, and celebrities, to support conservation activities and events. Some of our past events include:
Student interns taking pictures of wild sea turtles

Volunteer in Hawaii for Sea Turtles 911

Volunteer eco tour guide at sea turtle beach in Hawaii

Volunteer as Citizen Scientist
Volunteers in Hawaii engage in citizen science work to support scientists from NOAA. Read more about the request for volunteer help in the local news in Hawaii. The beauty of nature is part of Hawaii's allure but it is important to approach this opportunity with practicality. Volunteers do not touch wild sea turtles directly since keeping nature undisturbed is one of our priorities.

As citizen scientists, volunteers collect information and photos of wild turtles from a distance to contribute to an important research database for conservation. Since the scales on each side of a sea turtle's head is unique like fingerprints of humans, photographs are very helpful in the collection of data for sea turtle conservation management. Read this sea turtle photo-identification research paper for more details. Researchers can use this data to analyze trends and track the distribution and migration activities of sea turtle populations.
Sea Turtles 911 volunteers at beach clean up

Yao Ming receives Sea Turtles 911 program certificate
NBA basketball celebrity Yao Ming receives Certificate from Sea Turtles 911 for volunteering for sea turtle conservation.

Program Registration and Certification
As a non-profit charity, we depend on program fees to cover the costs of running this program for volunteers who wish to be part of the journey to save sea turtles from extinction. The program fee includes lodging and transportation from airport. The fee does not include the costs of airfares and meals. However, you will have access to the kitchen and refrigerator to store and prepare your own meals. Furthermore, the location of your housing is conveniently located near local grocery stores.

We are flexible with start dates anytime of the year, and expect volunteers to provide at least five (5) hours of volunteer service per week with a minimum commitment of two (2) months. Volunteers will have plenty of personal time on their own to explore Hawaii, so they should have a sense of adventure and be comfortable in new environments working with others. As a grassroots organization, our staffing is limited so volunteers support our daily work, which will vary depending on the specific needs of the local team. Volunteers should be flexible and relaxed to the ever-changing requirements of the organization and conservation partners.

Upon completion of the program, volunteers will receive an official certificate with an unique quick response (QR) code, which can be scanned to verify authenticity of the document. Volunteers can also have their names listed on our website, which further confirms their participation in the program when they list this volunteer work experience on their resume for future job opportunities.

To register for this unique volunteer opportunity, complete the Program Registration Form and send to: volunteer@seaturtles911.org.

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