13 Volunteer Projects on a Budget
We work hard to inspire people to take make choices which aid and protect the natural world. Volunteer project are a really special way for people to do this and we believe they should be available to everyone so we love it when we can offer affordable projects. All of these come in at under £60 a night and offer some once in a lifetime opportunities. Click on the titles to read more about each project.
1. 2 Week Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Project , Namibia
Work in a wildlife sanctuary deep in cheetah country. Get up close and personal with the animals and get to know the day-to-day running of the project. You won’t work only with the cheetahs and may find yourself bathing a baby baboon of a morning. Rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals is a truly incredible experience and one you will never forget.
2. 2 Week Great White Shark Conservation Project, South Africa
Just because they terrify us, doesn’t mean the great white shark doesn’t need protecting. Plunge into the seas in a shark cage and see the power of these mighty animals for yourself. You will help in collecting data on the behaviour and interactions of the sharks. On days when the weather precludes a boat trip, you will take excursions such as visiting the penguin population of Boulder Beach.
3. Agroforestry and Environmental Development Internships, Ecuador
Head out to the endless, steaming jungles of the Ecuadorian Amazon and work alongside a passionate NGO. You will conduct research and collaborate with indigenous communities to help conserve both the natural world and the ancient culture. There are loads of different research opportunities so you can bring your own skills you have to the project.
5. In-Water Sea Turtle Conservation, Costa Rica
Visit an incredible place: one of only four tropical fjords in the world. The Sweet Gulf as it is known in Spanish, is home to an array of wildlife including macaws, dolphins, monkeys, whales, and the sea turtles everyone is there for. Volunteers should be strong swimmers. You will be collecting data and working at the project’s rescue centre. During your free time, explore the Osa Peninsula, a world biodiversity hotspot.
6.White Lion Conservation Project, South Africa
This is the world’s only white lion conservation project. It is based deep in the bush and the staff at the project need help to care for these stunning creatures. Help to track and monitor the lions to ensure their population grows. In your free time you can also visit the famous Kruger National Park.
7. Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary, Bolivia
The illegal wildlife trade does unbelievable damage and can be dangerous to counter. Many of the animals are abused but the lucky ones are rescued. Here, in the wilds of Bolivia you will take care of the animals that were rescued from the trade. Many can never be released but you will work to ensure they continue to have a good quality of life nonetheless.
8. Perhentian Turtle Project, Malaysia
Work at the number one beach location in Malaysia (named by CNN) and play a vital role in the continued protection of sea turtles. You will be working closely with the turtles, snorkeling and taking non-intrusive photos for data collection, and guarding their eggs from poachers and predators. You will be working and living in a true tropical paradise!
8. Work with Conservationists in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Work directly with experts in one if the most biodiverse corners of the world. Walk the glorious sandy beaches to gather data on sea turtles, release baby turtles in hatching season, work in the wildlife garden, and help to re-wild the area. The Osa Peninsula is known for its incredible biodiversity and there may well not be a more breath-taking part of the world to work in!
9. Ecoteer House Community and Conservation Project, Malaysia
Stay on a coral-fringed island and get involved with a host of volunteer projects including teaching and playing with the local children, snorkeling and collect data on the marine life, working on the conservation of the terrestrial life, and supporting local initiatives such as the Perhentian Island Ladies Association, who lead a weekly session on traditional Malaysian cake-making.
10. Veterinary and Animal Welfare Project, Canary Islands
Head to one of the world’s best dolphin- and whale-watching areas and complete surveys several times a week. You will learn all about the marine life here and in turn, use these skills to act as a guide for the tourists who bring vital money to the island and the project.
11. Turtle and Jungle Wildlife Conservation, Malaysia
Help protect some of Malaysia’s most threatened jungle species – including tigers, leopards, and elephants – and take part in an adventure you’ll never forget. Learn all the skills you need to work in the field including tracking and spotting traps left by poachers. Visit stunning limestone caves, and join indigenous women on foraging walks. Then head out to the coast and snorkel the sparkling seas and help in the protection and conservation of turtles.
12. Youth Empowerment and Cooperative Culture, Argentina
Join this community centre a little outside Buenos Aires and help teach and inspire young people who don’t have the opportunities you do. Many young people here are forced to leave education early to help support their families but this community centre focuses on teaching skills and inspiring these young people as well as creating a safe and inviting space for them.
13. Batek Education Project : On the Borders of Taman Negara, Malaysia
Live on the outskirts of a 130 million year old virgin rainforest, learning and teaching. Many of the indigenous people here get very little chance at a formal education and this project opens up new opportunities to them. You will teach three days a week, covering core subjects such as Maths and English. You will also learn about the breath-taking environment on night-drives and cave explorations, and about the culture, visiting night markets and sampling local food.
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