Volunteers of all backgrounds help scientists working on wildlife conservation projects lasting 2-8 weeks (e.g. in the Peruvian Amazon, the Altai Republic of Central Asia, Oman, Slovakia, Namibia, Sri Lanka, and the Azores).
Contact: Sprat’s Water, Nr. Carlton Colville, The Broads National Park, Suffolk NR33 8BP, U.K.; 011-44-1502-583085, fax. 011-44-1502-587414; info@biosphere- expeditions.org, www.biosphere-expeditions.org.
Since 1971, this international nonprofit organization has placed more than 65,000 volunteers with field researchers engaged in a dazzling menu of scientific and social science research around the world. With a strong emphasis on sustainability, it presently supports about 140 projects in 50 countries. Forty percent of participants are older adults, and a great many volunteers are repeat clients with 20+ projects off their checklist (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: 3 Clocktower Pl., Suite 100, P.O. Box 75, Maynard, MA 01754; 800-776-0188 or 978-461-0081; email@example.com, earthwatch.org.
Explorations in Travel
Conservation, teaching, wildlife rehabilitation, animal rescue, and environmental work placements and internships for students and adults in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nepal, Australia, and New Zealand. Placement fees $775-$975.
Contact: 2458 River Rd, Guilford, VT 05301; 802-257-0152; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.volunteertravel.com
A FREE platform that enables worldwide travelers and local nonprofits seeking volunteers connect in a simple and direct manner. In an industry heavily dominated by expensive middlemen, GivingWay believes volunteering should be accessible to all and is leveling the playing field by cutting out all agents and agent fees. With over 500 active organizations from over 70 countries worldwide, GivingWay makes it possible for even the remotest of organizations to find and to be found by international volunteers. As a social impact company GivingWay believes that by enabling direct dialog between volunteers and organizations, the matching of skills and needs is enhanced and impact to all involved is maximized.
Places volunteers over 17 years of age with families in rural communities in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Thailand, Kenya, Ghana, and St. Lucia to teach in local schools. Training, support, and adventure travel are integral parts of the program. Information on scholarships, fundraising, and academic credit is available.Program fee is $4,250 for 7-week summer semester and $4,950 for 12-week fall, winter and spring semesters. Experienced leaders over the age of 24 needed for travel programs.
Contact: 1 Short St., Northampton, MA 01060; 413-585-8895, www.globalroutes.org.
Global Vision International (GVI)
GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to suit the environmentally conscious traveler who seeks adventure and new experiences around the globe. Be it training as a safari field guide in South Africa, teaching English in Laos, or diving as part of a marine research team in the Indian Ocean, you will find a huge range of exciting opportunities with GVI. Visit our website for further details!
Recruits volunteers for conservation and other projects worldwide, including marine conservation in Bahamas and Fiji for up to 6 months; combined community service and adventure programs in India, Nepal, Ecuador, Brazil and internships in Spain].
Contact: 30 Public Sq., Nelsonville, OH 45764; 800-710-6065; email@example.com, www.greenforce.org. U.S. contact office for British organization Greenforce.
The Center for International Service Learning
International Service Learning offers a unique and exciting opportunity through humanitarian/service learning programs for pre-med, health and education students to experience hands-on clinical and field work in Central America, Mexico, Africa, and the Caribbean. Adventure travel, professional field instruction, academic credit!
Oceanic Society Expeditions
The Oceanic Society is a nonprofit organization working to protect marine wildlife and the marine environment through conservation-based research and environmental education. Half its itineraries are volunteer holidays, the rest are educational. Participants become research assistants, working side by side with academics and field researchers, logging, recording, and collecting data, including bird banding and measuring nesting sea turtles. Sixty percent of clients are older adults (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: Research Expeditions, Fort Mason Center, Building E, San Francisco, CA 94123; 800-326-7491 or 415-441-1106, fax 415-474-3395; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.Oceanic-society.org
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
The oldest and largest ecotourism association in the world, focusing on environmental and corporate social responsibility in travel. With companies in nearly 100 countries and affiliations with over 40 national and regional ecotourism associations, TIES serves as a global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel.
Contact: TIES, The International Ecotourism Society, 1333 h St., NW, Ste 300 E, Washington,DC 20005; Phone 202-347-9203; Fax 202-789-7279. Email: email@example.com, www.ecotourism.org.
WWOOF International (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
Many countries 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 opportunities.