By: Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)

The program is for young people from 18 to 30 years of age. Four individuals are chosen from each country to participate in the conservation of nature reserves. The volunteers learn about the current environmental, social and economic realities of the participating countries.

Each country has its own volunteer program. Through AMEXCID and the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), Mexico offers young people the chance to volunteer at the Mexican Turtle Center (CMT).

This year’s program began in Mexico City, where the volunteers were given a warm welcome at the Foreign Ministry before traveling to Mazunte in Oaxaca on the same day for four days of training. They were then sent for another four days to various camps to use their new knowledge to help protect the turtles there.

The volunteers learned about how to care for the turtles while enjoying Mexico’s beautiful beaches and learning that there are no barriers between countries when it comes to nature.