Focus: Community and Education.
Project CETACEA looks to improve knowledge about cetaceans and other marine life in order to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems.
Our Caimito Field Station is placed at the tropical coast of Esmeraldas in the centre of one of the last remaining coastal rain forests.
Our aim is to provide education for locals and to the international community. Conduct research projects and long-term monitoring programs.
Project CETACEA is part of the academic program at University San Francisco de Quito. Humpback whales breed off the coast of Esmeraldas. Our aim is to kow more about their behaviour and habitat use to protect this species and marine ecosystems.
Costs & Benefits
Humpback whales migrate from polar waters in the Antarctica to their breeding grounds in the tropics. We conduct daily trips with local fishermen to observe the whales, record their songs and take ID pictures to estimate the population size. Our field station is placed in the centre of the Galera San Francisco Marine Reserve.
Whale surveys are conducted during the morning (4 - 5 hours)
afternoon data entry (1- 2 hours)
Rest of day free or community work
490USD/ week which includes room, and use of kitchen, boat fee, research and administration fee. Does not include travel to field station and food.
Eco - Bamboo field station with bunk beds, sheets and moscito nets provided, a kitchen with possibility to cook. Dinner an lunch will be organized with local families.
Volunteers aged 18 and over, good swimming skills. Be able to deal with spending several hours on small boats. Photography skills a bonus as is Spanish (recommended), English is necessary.
CETACEA Caimito field station
Caimito, canton Muisne
Tel: ++593 996313375
Average cost per day:$80
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and English speaking, photography skills a bonus as is Spanish (recommended)