You are here: Home Travelling Community based tourism DEFCO turtle project

DEFCO turtles project

Of the seven species of sea turtles of the world five species are found in Kenya. They include Green turtle, Hawksbill, Olive ridley, Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles. The first three nest along the Kenyan beaches including the Tana Delta area. Turtles are threatened because people poach turtle meat and eggs and trade turtle products. Turtles drown in fishing and trawler nets and die because of eating plastics. Coastal development and tourism form another threat.

DEFCO (Delta Friends of Conservation) is an organization that protects the turtles, creates awareness among the communities and collects information about sea turtles. This is done with help of the youth in the community. The programme also creates awareness among the youth about HIV & AIDS and drug abuse. DEFCO is a small organization in a village along the Indian Ocean, a one day bus trip from Mombasa. Life is pretty basic and the area is remote, but it gives you a great chance to work with the community and experience life the Swahili way.

Possibilities for volunteers:
Interested volunteers can participate in:
o    Night and day patrols
o    Verifications, rescue activities and tagging
o    Translocation of the turtles
o    Excavation of egg shells
o    Improving the method of data collection and database management
o    Teaching computer skills
o    Proposal writing and fundraising
o    Record keeping
o    Creating awareness about drugs abuse

Accommodation: homestay (700 shilling p.p.p.d, including meals), in a banda (a mudhut with a palmroof) where you share one of the rooms with another volunteer (500 shilling p.p.p.d., including meals) or bring your own tent and sleeping bag (300 shilling p.p.p.d. for the meals) to sleep on the beach!

Are you interested in volunteering in DEFCO turtles project? Contact us or fill the registration of interest form.


Like us on Facebook!


Jethro Arts Everything was great and arranged perfectly and professionally. The contact by mail before we travelled to Kenya was clear and easy. The pick up from the airport was without any problems. The introduction day in Kilifi was great as well. Still thanks to Everlyn and the student who has learned us (a couple of words) Swahili. Special thanks to Cocky for her commitment and everything she has done for us. We like to do voluntary work with Kenya Xperience! again.
Jurriaan Wesselink Ik (heb) veel gezien, gedaan en, onbewust, veel geleerd. Het was echt top en ik weet niet hoe ik kan zeggen hoe ik de organisatie kan bedanken, zonder dezeĀ  organisatie was het niet zo gelukt! Echt top. Dit nemen ze me nooit meer af.
Elize van Dalsen My experience with Kenya Xperience! could not have been better.





Trees for Travel


trees for travel