Beyond Touring — BELIZE Eco
Tours & Programs
Best of Belize Eco Tour
Swim, explore, climb, see exotic birds, relax,
snorkel, dive, and truly help others less fortunate.
This 8-day affordable high end eco tour covers the highlights
of Belize, 1) Maya ruins, 2) tropical forests, 3) World
Heritage Site barrier reef, and 4) cave tubing & exploring.
Also included: Meaningful cross-cultural experience that
truly 'gives back' to Indian Church Village, in northern
Biosfera Brasil Eco-Social
Biosfera Brasil is a tourism company specialized
in receiving foreign tourists in the Brazilian best ecological
destinations. We believe that tourism is much more than
visiting famous monuments and taking beautiful photos.
In our opinion, tourism is the best opportunity to learn
about the world we live in and how to preserve nature.
Biosfera Brasil is managed by Brazilians with a deep
international experience and local tourism knowledge.
Our programs are developed under the “Eco-Social
Tourism” concept, bringing travelers to meet the
local communities, contributing with local social and
Contact: email@example.com, www.biosferabrasil.com/index_home.php
Birding tours in Guatemala,
Cayaya Birding supports with its tours various
conservation programs in rural communities in Guatemala.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cayaya-birding.com.
Campanario Biological Reserve
Environmental education programs (all ages
students), field trips, Rainforest Camps, Teachers' professional
Contact: email@example.com, www.campanario.org
Central American Service
Service Learning Expeditions to Central America
Teachers! Design with us an innovative educational
travel program for your students. We specialize in working
with teachers to create custom service learning trips
to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Explore topics in science,
economic development, environmental conservation, and
more! We will fit the program to your needs and your
students will learn the value of service to others. 10%
of the fee is donated directly to the local communities
you visit and all participants offset the carbon of your
travel. Experience Latin America in a totally new and
responsible way as you and your students serve and learn
from local people!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.serviceexpeditions.net
Costa Rica Conservation Trust
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Travel
to Costa Rica Program
If traveling to Costa Rica, make sure to support socially
and environmentally responsible businesses. Support locally-owned
green lodges and tour companies. Costa Rica Conservation
Trust (CRCT) is compiling a list of hotels, lodges and
tour companies that are treading lightly on the fragile
ecosystems of this land, and that are contributing positively
to the auto-sustainable development of Costa Rican local
Contact: email@example.com, www.conservecostarica.org
Custom Immersive Tours
Culture Explorers is an award-winning small tour operator that offers small tours in such places as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and other locations worldwide. Culture Explorers emphasizes participation in the living culture of the countries visited
as part of immersive small group journeys. They will allow you to
explore the traditions, meet local friends, support
important positive impact projects through their visits.
Each departure coincides with an important local festival
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.culturexplorers.com
Eco Volunteer UP
Eco Volunteer UP is an Ecuadorian non-profit
organization composed of a group of Ecuadorians who work
through volunteers to conserve the forests of Ecuador,
to improve the communities' economies and to give Ecuadorian
children a better life. We offer volunteers real immersion
in the various Ecuadorian ecosystems, and real opportunities
for learning and sharing Ecuadorian cultures, customs
and traditions, all the while helping different projects
promote their development and changing lives.
Contact: email@example.com, www.ecovolunteerup.org
EcoLogic Development Fund
Forwards relevant resumés from students and professionals
(written in Spanish) to partner organizations in Central
America, looking for interns and volunteers in the fields
of conservation, community development, and social justice.
Minimum attachment is normally 3 months in Mexico, Guatemala,
Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Contact: Harvard Square, 25 Mount
Auburn St., Ste. 203, Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-441-6300;
fax. 617-441-6307; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ecologic.org.
Ecology Project International
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program (STEP)
This tropical hotspot and travel destination
contains an amazing 5% of the worlds biodiversity. Costa
Ricas Caribbean coast where Ecology Project Internationals
program site is located is the fourth most important
nesting beach worldwide for Leatherback sea turtles,
a critically endangered species. Through our Sea Turtle
Ecology Program, youth from Costa Rica and around the
world work in partnership with the Pacuare Nature Reserve
to conserve and protect these sea turtles from extinction.
Baja & the Sea of Cortez Island Ecology Program
and Whale Ecology Program
The Sea of Cortez hosts 39% of the worlds marine
mammal species and was recently declared a UNESCO World
Heritage site. From John Steinbeck to Aldo Leopold, Baja
California Sur has captured the worlds imagination and
become a unique travel destination. Through our Island
and Whale Ecology Programs, Ecology Project International
students from Mexico and around the world work in partnership
with local institutions to conserve Baja California Surs
desert and marine environments.
Galapagos Islands Ecology Program
One of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites,
the spectacular Galápagos Islands host a unique
flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Through
our Galápagos Islands Ecology Program, Ecology
Project International students from the Galápagos
and around the world work in partnership with the Galápagos
National Park and local institutions to conserve the
archipelago. Students travel to several locations on
three different islands, studying and experiencing this
Contact: email@example.com, www.ecologyproject.org
Volunteer Work in Ecuador
Ecotrackers works to preserve the cultural
and biological diversity of Ecuador through the development
of indigenous community in ecotourism and other projects.
Volunteers are sent to 17 indigenous communities and
10 National Protected Areas, to stay between one week
and 6 months and to carry out a variety of tasks that
go from teaching English in children's school, until
ecotourism and eco-production with patents, eco-development;
and other projects such as reforestation, health & sanitation,
and agricultural development. Ecotrackers is currently
developing an experimental farm in the cloud-forest near
Quito to demonstrate sustainable agriculture.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ecotrackers.com
Useful information about working and volunteering
in Ecuador with links to about a dozen organizations
with volunteer programs.
Fundación Cabo San
Volunteers accepted on projects in the northern province
of Esmeraldas to conserve flora and fauna. Placements
last between 10 days and 3 months or longer. Participation
fee is $300 a month.
Contact: Programa de Voluntarios,
Casilla 17-15-73-B, Quito, Ecuador; 011-593-2-278
8061; email@example.com, www.fcsf.org
Workshops in the Galápagos Islands.
Specializing in comprehensive, educationally-oriented,
professionally-led natural history tours of the Galápagos
Islands. Each trip spends 11 days to 2 full weeks in
the Galápagos, touring all the significant outer
islands, and allowing for a maximum of wildlife observation.
Three distinct itineraries available.
Contact: Galápagos Travel, 783 Rio Del Mar
Blvd., Suite 47, Aptos, CA 95003; 800-969-9014, fax
831-689-9195; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galapagostravel.com.
Responsible Travel in Colombia
In Colombia, meet with peace communities, union
leaders, women's organizations, Indigenous and Afro-Colombia
peoples, Fair Trade farmers, and union leaders as we
strive to go beyond Washington's "War on Drugs" to
meet the people struggling for peace and justice during
Colombia's 40 year civil war. Join Fellowship of Reconciliation
and Global Exchange on a human rights delegation to support
the building of a culture of peace within an environment
Responsible Travel in Cuba
In March, 2003 the Bush Administration revoked
the "people-to-people" license that facilitated
legal travel to Cuba. However this has not stopped Global
Exchange. We currently offer the opportunity to participate
in research delegations under the following categories:
Environment, Education, Healthcare and Community Development.
We also provide customized tours for humanitarian organizations,
educational institutions and religious groups with a
license that need program and logistical support.
Responsible Travel in Nicaragua
Explore Nicaragua and learn about the devastating
impacts of IMF policies. Meet with women's groups, trade
unions, and Fair Trade cooperatives. Visit Managua's
infamous factory zones and learn about Nicaragua's culture
of resistance. Global Exchange is also sponsoring several
highly motivated individuals to travel to Nicaragua this
harvest season and work with a Fair Trade coffee cooperative
(CECOCAFEN). This is a unique opportunity to experience
the other side of the struggle for social and economic
Responsible Travel in Venezuela
Venezuela is at the center of a new, progressive
model of socioeconomic development that is shaping Latin
America’s future. After briefly being forced from
office in 2002, President Hugo Chavez has embarked upon
some of the most innovative social programs that the
region has ever seen. We meet with journalists, oil executives
and grassroots organizations to for a deeper understanding
of the situation in Venezuela and why the U.S. is involved.
Contact: email@example.com, www.globalexchange.org/tours
Ibike Tours / International
Ibike Ecuador Exploration
Small group, immersion, bicycle tours, designed
to get you out of the box, enrich your life and introduce
you to the rich diversity of the people, their culture
and the environment of the area. IBF programs are designed
to provide participants an opportunity to learn more
about the world at a person-to-person level not usually
available to tourist. Itineraries highlight the cultural,
historical, economic and physical diversity of the area.
Throughout the program there are discussions on history,
indigenous culture, gender rights and roles, music, language,
religion, geology, botany and ecology, great people to
meet and scenic beauty to die for.
Ibike Guyana Many People, Many Waters
Gain a better understanding of the rich ecology,
culture, history, politics, social institutions, sustainable
development projects and beauty of Guyana.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ibike.org/ibike
ICADS Field Course in Resource
Management and Sustainable Development
The Institute for Central American Development
Studies, (ICADS) offers an interdisciplinary semester
program in Costa Rica focusing on development from ecological,
socio-economic perspectives. Semester includes: 4 weeks
of intensive Spanish and social issues, 5 weeks in the
field in managed and natural ecosystems learning methodologies
of field research in social and natural sciences (banana
transnationals, traditional agriculture, community cooperatives;
cloud forest and watershed management); 5 weeks of independent
research - working in rural communities. Fall and spring
semesters with academic credit.
for Central American Development Studies c/o
ICADS, Dept. 826, P.O. Box 025216,
Miami, Florida 33102-5216. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.icads.org.
Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest
Research and Conservation Center
Located in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil
we are offering people the chance to learn how to use
a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a beautiful,
but little visited part of Brazil. GIS is increasingly
used in a number of different disciplines to collect
and manipulate data - this course will provide the opportunity
to learn about this in the context of land management
planning. Learning the new skill will provide you with
a way to learn more about Brazil.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.iracambi.com
Patagonia Voluntourism and Adventure Travel
La Confluencia ecolodge and farm runs voluntourism
programs throughout the summer (Nov-Feb.) in Patagonia,
Argentina. Participants will help with an number of projects
within the Rio Azul Protected Area (part of the world's
largest UNESCO Temperate Rainforest Preserve) such as
trail maintenance, footbridge construction, and selective
eradication of invasive species, as well as social assistance
projects involving the local community, such as vegetable
garden development, greenhouse construction, and home
repairs. Depending on individuals' interest and fitness
levels, various wilderness adventure options can be combined
such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, trekking, horseback
riding, and climbing / rappelling.
Maquipucuna Foundation, Inc.
Cloud forest reserve near Quito in Ecuador
which accepts paying volunteers.
Contact: Baquerizo #238, P.O.
Box 17-12-167, Quito, Ecuador, fax. 011-593-2-250
7201. Also: c/o Inst. of Ecology, Univ. of Georgia,
Athens, GA 30602- 2202; 706-542-2968; email@example.com; www.maqui.org
More Local — Colombia
Travel, Adventure Tours, and Excursions
All-new More Local offers innovative trip itineraries
that take you deep into the daily life of rural Colombia.
This is not your average coffee tour or Amazon trip!
Through unique workshops with local people and involvement
in local development and environmental projects, More
Local is travel in its most experiential form. Meet local
people, get to know about them and their livelihoods,
and maybe even learn a few new skills along the way.
It doesn't get more local than this!
Mundo Verde Spanish School
Spanish school has links with development project in
the rainforest and with many other voluntary projects
to which students can be assigned (no fee).
Contact: Nueva Alta, 432-A Cusco,
Peru; 011-51-84-221287; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mundoverdespanish.com
Parallel 41 Patagonia
Offering specialized ecotourism programs through
the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia for individuals,
families and small groups. Stay in unique lodgings surrounded
by nature with access to wildlife observation, hiking
trails, and other outdoor activities. Spend time with
field specialists and researchers that study local flora
and fauna of Patagonia. Enjoy an authentic cultural experience.
Eco-programs for all ages and interests.
Piedra Blanca Community Ecotourism
A community ecotourism project providing alternative
sources of income whilst sustaining the local rainforest.
Volunteers are needed to teach English to local guides,
service providers and school children. Other volunteering
opportunities are also available.
Contact: email@example.com, www.piedrablanca.org
PRETOMA (Programa Restauracion
de Tortugas Marinas)
San Jose, Costa Rica. Qualified Interns and
Volunteers walk the 4km beach on a nightly basis looking
for nesting sea turtles. When found, turtles are measured,
tagged, and checked for general health conditions. Nests
are then taken, monitored, and protected in a project
hatchery. Hatchery duties include monitoring for hatching
baby turtles and releasing them into the ocean, as well
as post hatching nest excavations to determine success
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tortugamarina.org.
Proyecto Asis Spanish Institute
Spanish language courses,learn in ecological reserve
in rain forest, near volcano Arenal, small groups.
Asis Job Volunteer: Ecological work in different areas.
Contact: email@example.com, www.institutoasis.com.
Eco-Friendly Adventure Trekking and Volunteering with
Kids in Guatemala
Quetzaltrekkers is Guatemala´s only all
volunteer managed, non-profit trekking/hiking organization.
Quetzaltrekkers offers multi-day adventure treks and
one day excursions in the highlands of western Guatemala
to an international clientele of outdoor enthusiasts.
We follow locally sustainable and eco-friendly tourism
practices. Volunteer guides are always needed.
We have been guiding hikes for 20 years to support the
Hogar Abierto and Escuela de la Calle. These projects
give housing and education to children in need.
At Quetzaltrekkers, we are all working as volunteer guides
and we manage virtually all aspects of the organization.
In our office you won’t find a boss or a supervisor
but you will find a tight-knit team of dedicated volunteers.
Working as a Quetzaltrekker guide is an incredibly rewarding
experience and a lot of fun!
Diagonal 12, 8-43, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala;
+(502) 776-55895; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.quetzaltrekkers.com.
The Rainforest Education & Resource
Fauna Forever is a training, team building
and environmental monitoring initiatives located in important
biologically and culturally diverse habitats. There are
currently two programs based in the Manu Biosphere Reserve,
a conservation area in the Amazon rainforest of Peru.
The programs are an adventurous yet professional way
to experience and learn first-hand about humid tropical
ecosystems and indigenous Amazon cultures whilst contributing
to valuable on-going research.
Contact: email@example.com, www.crees-manu.org
Rancho Mastatal Sustainable
Rancho Mastatal is a working farm and education
center that provides the opportunity for hardworking, conscientious,
and responsible individuals to immerse themselves in techniques
and technologies related to natural building, animal husbandry,
sustainable agricultural, permaculture, fermentation, homesteading, and
community. For a thorough description of life on the Rancho, please see the website.
Sarapiqui Conservation Learning
Center (SCLC) in Costa Rica
Located on the beautiful Sarapiqui River, the
Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center is a non-profit
organization dedicated to link the community with conservation.
We are currently looking for a volunteer to run our Environmental
Education Program. This includes leading weekly ecology
clubs to students at local schools and at the Center,
supporting the community in conservation projects, and
helping community members build on their ecotourism projects.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.learningcentercostarica.org
Our mission is to promote economic and environmental
sustainability, while offering global citizens with valuable
volunteer opportunities. Sustainable Bolivia partners
with over 30 organizations in the Cochabamba area, which
vary in the work of health, education, human rights and
the environment. We work towards providing these organizations
with much needed human and financial support. In addition
to facilitating both internships and volunteerships,
we offer accommodation, 24-hour staff support, language
classes, international phone calls, internet use and
Energetica seeks to improve the quality of
life of rural and marginal urban populations by promoting
development through the rational use of energy. At present,
only 17.2% of rural families have access to energy sources.
Energetica aims to change this by offering alternatives
such as solar power which would cover up to 98% of a
family’s energy needs. See www.sustainablebolivia.org/ENERGETICA.html for
Contact: Devan Colley, Assistant
National Director, Sustainable Bolivia, Calle Julio
Arauco Prado #230, Zona Las Cuadras, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Tel. +591 4233786 / 415-513-5582. Email: email@example.com.
Witness for Peace Delegations
WFP delegations combine international travel
and education with the struggle for peace, economic justice,
and alternative development. Delegates witness firsthand
the effects of global economic trends on the people of
Latin America and meet with local partners and community
members in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, or Nicaragua to explore
Contact: Delegations Associate,
3628 12th Street NE, 1st Floor, Washington DC 20017,
USA; Tel. 202-547-6112; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.witnessforpeace.org.
(Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Many countries in Latin America participate in this unique
worldwide exchange organization. In return for volunteer
help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities
to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF organizations
link people who want to volunteer on organic farms with
people who are seeking volunteer help. Each country works
slightly differently, but generally a very small membership
fee is charged in exchange for a listing of available
Ecotour in Costa Rica
Total immersion ecotours in Costa Rica for
families, groups and students interested in exploring
the nature and wildlife of Costa Rica.
Contact: email@example.com, www.yaroktours.com