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Turtle Conservation, Rescue and Release in China with Travelers Worldwide

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Volunteering, Gap Year and Career Break in China

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Research, Raise, and Release. This Turtle Conservation program is based in Huidong city, Guangdong province, China where you will be helping protect its local sea turtles. You’ll help maintain their environment, take part in their breeding efforts, raise hatchlings, and release turtles back into their natural habitat.

 Together with local staff, you’ll learn more about them and help these endangered creatures re-populate the wild.


Price Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates! Projects begin every Monday.
Requirements Minimum age 17. No qualifications necessary but you should be enthusiastic about turtles.
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas. Good if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and marine wildlife voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in China or a short break activity.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Orient and the fascinating Chinese culture

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping an endangered species.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Turtle Conservation, Rescue and Release in China with Travelers Worldwide

Get hands-on experience working with one of the most ancient and amazing creatures alive today – sea turtles. The immediate goal is to revive populations on and near Hainan, raising sea turtles in preparation for release.

You'll conduct all aspects of sea turtle husbandry - such as feeding sea turtles, cleaning nets, and assisting in medical treatments.

You'll also get the opportunity to work with local children and adults in community outreach and education programs to build awareness about the importance of sea turtle conservation.

This is also an opportunity to experience Chinese culture and interact with Chinese people at a grass-roots level. On a daily basis, we are out talking to local people, discussing the sea turtle's plight and also trying to understand the locals' point of view.

The sea turtle reserve is located in a beautiful town next to the sea, it has the one and only natural sea turtle breeding place in China. It also happens to be the biggest marginal sea in China. The turtle reserve in China has a variety of turtles from 6 different species! You will learn a lot about these cool little creatures as you observe and take part in their lives.


• Morning: Take a bus from Shengzhen to Huidong turtle reserve. Here you’ll receive an introduction about the work assignment.
• Afternoon: Visit the turtle museum, observe different species and their living habit.
• Evening: Ice-breaker and team activities.
• Morning: Visit the turtle base and let local workers show you around. You'll begin preparing food for the turtles and assist in their feeding.
• Afternoon: Take part in the cleaning of the Turtle pool.
• Evening: Sharing time - My first day with Turtles.
• Morning: We will enjoy the sunrise in Shilong Bay. We will do Shilong Bay cleaning on the way.
• Afternoon: Walk to Qian'ao beach and Visit Guangkou local market . Prepare BQQ ingredients.
• Evening: Barbecue Night!
• Morning: A visit to the Double-moon bay platform.
• Afternoon: Working with Sea Turtle keeper to do some cleaning or feeding etc.
• Evening: Sharing time - Turtles and Us , Movie Night.
• Morning: Preparing food for the turtles and feeding.
• Afternoon: Cleaning the Turtle pool.
• Evening: Final meeting, Transfer to Shenzhen
• Morning: Departure from Shenzhen to be made by 11am.

Schedule: during the evening times:
Generally, the volunteers are free to do their own thing. No program activities are scheduled (unless stated otherwise)

**Please note; This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**

Turtle Conservation, Rescue and Release in China with Travelers Worldwide

Turtle Conservation, Rescue and Release in China with Travelers Worldwide

Turtle Conservation, Rescue and Release in China with Travelers Worldwide


Your accommodation will be in a hostel in Huidong close to the turtle reserve. Rooms are equipped with both fans and AC, allowing you to adjust to the weather of that day.

Your meals will typically be Chinese dishes common of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with some meat. There's nothing like real Chinese food in China!


Rescue and conserve turtles in China

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

What clothes should I bring?
The climate on Huidong is often hot and humid. As well, the people here in Huidong are very laid back and informal, so no formal clothing is required or recommended. When you arrive you'll be provided with a lime green Sea Turtles volunteer T-shirt, and this is what you'll wear on 'business' occasions.

Working with turtles, it would be safe to say it's sometimes messy and you will frequently get wet. Lightweight, quick drying shorts, t-shirts and tank tops are all very recommended. Lightweight pants and a long sleeve T-shirt would be a good idea for late nights at the hospital to reduce mosquito bites. Definitely bring a rain jacket and a pair of slip-on sandals.

China is still a developing country in a period of transition. The living standard falls short of what we are used to in the West. The Chinese culture and heritage is totally different to Anglo-Saxon or Western cultures. However, the people are very friendly. China is a non-English speaking environment and it would benefit youi to try to learn a few basic Chinese words before starting your programme. This will help you to get involved in the daily life of the local people.


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While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in China, or you could even do a second project in a different country in Asia (or elsewhere) - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


HUIDONG: Huidong is a coastal area that many from neighbouring towns use as a nice getaway to relax along its beaches. It is a county of southeastern Guangdong province, China, with some of South China Sea coast in the south of the county. It is under the administration of Huizhou City and should not be confused with the Huidong County in the Sichuan Province.

Huidong has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. Although a guidebook can tell you everything you would need to know, here are a few ideas we recommend:

Xunliao Bay: This is a bay where you can enjoy sunshine and beach here. Here you will also find plenty of seafood.

Thean Hou Temple: Located near the Xunliao Bay, you will enjoy some local custom here and learn more about an ancient religion.

Pinghai Old Town: Here you can learn and explore the ancient history of Huidong Harbor.

To read more about Hainan Island, please visit: http://en.visithainan.gov.cn/en/index.aspx

In our opinion, some of the highlights of the rest of China are:

The Army of Terracotta Warriors outside Xi’an - 6000 soldiers and horses that were originally designed to guard the tomb of an ancient Emperor. 2000 years old, these warriors were discovered by accident in the 1970s by peasants digging a well! Every figure differs in facial features and expression, and they make for an amazing sight!

Tropical Xishuangbanna - China's very own South-East Asia complete with sunshine, Thai style temples, Dai minority dancing and water splashing festivals! Here you can explore tribal villages on the border with Burma, or trek through the rainforest.

Northern China, along the path of the ruins of the Great wall, also has many sights, and a slightly rough-around-the-edges charm. Here, you can visit the Gobi desert & climb enormous sand dunes in Gansu Province or explore ancient grottoes and caverns full of religious art & Buddha statues at Dunhuang or Datong. You can even spend a night camping out under the stars in a yurt on the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Here you might find yourself taking part in traditional Mongolian wrestling or drinking the local spirit (hopefully not at the same time!)

China's big cities - The economic and cultural and centres of this blossoming nation can be found in its 3 big cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. These cities are practically alive with energy and each deserve a visit during your time in China. They represent the glitz and glamour of China's future and everything that's hip in China's new youth, with the rich history of Chinese culture running strongly through them.

The far North-West - Xinjiang Province in the far North-West of China next to the borders with Mongolia & Kazakhstan is a multicultural melting pot of Han Chinese, Uyghurs (the local Muslim people) and Kazakhs. Here you can visit Tian Chi, a lake halfway up a mountain inhabited by nomadic Kazakh people or take part in local grape making in the desert around Turpan

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.

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