There is certainly no greater satisfaction than seeing a newborn reach the sea. However, at Protortuga, our greatest pride is our community. That feeling of ownership that our partners have, no matter where they come from, and their genuine interest in being part of the program.

That is why we have created multiple ways to join the program. All are equally valuable and contribute directly to the program’s goals, so you can choose the way that makes you feel most comfortable.


Conservation work requires substantial financial resources to hire personnel, purchase equipment and materials, and conduct education and awareness events. Support us!

YOUR contribution allows us to have more coast monitors PATROLLING the beaches and PROTECTING the nests every season.
YOUR contribution allows us to host more EDUCATION AND AWARENESS events within the communities.
YOUR contribution allows us to gather more information each season and analyze the situation of the sea turtles in the beaches of Miches and La Vacama to contribute with the SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY around the world.
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Join Protortuga and become a Guardian del MAR! We offer four options to suit all levels, every donation counts. Be part of this collective effort to ensure a sustainable future for sea turtles and their environment! Your support is vital to the preservation of these wonderful endangered species.

Coral Reefs


  • Certificate as Guardian of the SEA.
  • Symbolic adoption of a turtle (digital photo).
  • Welcome kit with promotional material.

Hawksbill Turtle Mom


  • Certificate as Guardian of the SEA.
  • Symbolic adoption of a turtle (digital photo).
  • Invitation to a controlled hatchling release (subject to availability and conditions).
  • Welcome kit with promotional material.

Green Turtle Mom


  • Certificate as Guardian of the SEA.
  • Your name or company logo will be assigned to a nest for the season.
  • Sponsorship of a training event.
  • Invitation to a controlled hatchling release (subject to availability and conditions).
  • Welcome kit with promotional material.

Leatherback Turtle Mom


  • Certificate as Guardian of the SEA.
  • Logo on website and seasonal activities and events, as possible.
  • Invitation to activities and events organized by the program.
  • Invitation to a controlled hatchling release (subject to availability).
  • Welcome kit with promotional material.

Protortuga is implemented by the El Seibo-Miches Hotel and Tourism Association PROMICHES, and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic. All donations are securely managed by PROMICHES, a Dominican NGO and official coordinator of the program, as established in the inter-institutional agreement between these two institutions, for the conservation of sea turtles. When you make your contribution, you will receive a donation receipt issued by PROMICHES.


We have available a list of materials and equipment indispensable for our work in the field. If you feel more comfortable contributing in kind, we make it available to you.


If, like us, you work with sea turtles in other countries and come across our TAG MARD, we would be interested to hear about it.


If you’re in Miches or La Vacama and come across any of the following:

  • Turtle mother tags
  • Turtle hatchling tags
  • Turtle at sea
  • Suspected turtle or turtle egg theft

You can contact us 24/7 via Whatsapp at +1 (809) 856-1756 to let us know, even anonymously, and we will look into it.

If you want to report any other situation you can write to, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Will you be in Miches for a few days and want to dedicate time to conservation activities? Email us at and let us know when you will be in the area and how much time you want to dedicate to sea turtle conservation. We will do our best to integrate you into the season’s activities.

We give priority to young people from the community who participate in our educational network, Ambassadors of the MAR, schools and universities with whom we have alliances for the training of their students in environmental issues related to coastal ecosystems, marine fauna and climate change.

We also have special interest in researchers who need a space to conduct their studies and analysis. There is much to investigate regarding the situation of sea turtles in the Dominican Republic, and the relationship of tourism with marine-coastal ecosystems, and we would love to contribute.

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  • Volunteers will work in the same conditions as the Protortuga initiative team members, so electricity, internet, cold water, and cell phone service are not guaranteed in any of the work areas, since these depend on conditions that are not under the control of the coordinators of the initiative.
  • Work clothing for volunteers should include long-sleeved shirts and long pants in dark colors, closed-toed shoes and a red light bulb.
  • It is recommended to bring a rain poncho and water bottle.
  • The use of perfumes, deodorants, repellent or cigarettes is prohibited to avoid odors, of any kind, that may be detected by the animals.
  • Smoking while volunteering is prohibited.
  • Swimming in the sea is not allowed, some beach areas have very strong and dangerous currents.
  • It is not allowed to enter the lagoons, rivers and canals.
  • Monitoring activities and walking on the beach without the company of a staff member is not allowed.
  • Alcohol consumption is prohibited.
  • During beach monitoring, it is prohibited to walk on the beach at night without being part of a monitoring team.
  • The use of cameras is not allowed during the surveys, nor any device that emits light, as per SINAC (National System of Conservation Areas) research permit guidelines.
  • We reserve the right to implement special rules if necessary to protect the health and welfare of animals or visitors.
  • The entrance or consumption of illegal drugs is not allowed.
  • After 8:00PM we ask for silence and to turn off lights because the beach census begins.

NOTE: The average length of the beach monitoring walk is twelve kilometers (six outbound and six return, with a break in between). It is recommended to be in good physical and health condition, especially without any heart disease or knee problems, to participate in the monitoring.

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