Hands-on Trips for the Hard-Core Eco-Warriors!
Some people like to head off for a week or two of pure relaxation with nothing to do but lounge in a deckchair. We must admit that’s pretty tempting. However, some people switch-off better from working life by switching on. With these projects you can dive right in to some incredible volunteer and conservation experiences. You will learn new skills, meet new people, and come away with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
This project will take you to the heart of Mongolian culture as you become a key part of protecting its unique landscape and wildlife. You will learn the techniques and technologies involved in the conservation of the Mongolian Khulan, including how to use trail cameras.
This project is ideal for anyone interested in moving into conservation, as well as those who just want to make a difference. You will have a range of activities and through these, learn plenty of skills vital in the field. You will go on night-time amphibian and reptile watch, monitor the stunning birds in the area, and aid with reforestation.
At this rescue centre, you will shadow a keeper and learn about the whole process of rehabilitation and release of the animals back into the wild. Each week you will also visit one of the eagle release sites. As a volunteer, you will also play a vital community role, helping with English lessons.
This truly is a hard-core project. Off the coast of South Africa, plunge into the seas in a shark cave and get to see these incredible predators in their natural habitat. You will help researchers collect information on shark behaviour so they can better understand the species. You will spend the first part of the trip learning vital seamanship skills. On days where the weather precludes a boat trip, you will head out on expeditions to explore the surrounding countryside and get to know a little of the incredible country.
In isolated areas, a formal education is only a dream for some. You can help change that in the Merapoh region of Malaysia. You will lead three-hour lessons three days per week, covering basic English and maths alongside any other subjects you are able to offer. In your free time, when you are not planning lessons, you will take night-drives to see the incredible nocturnal wildlife, explore the limestones caves, head to a night-market, and learn skills vital to life out here. You will be welcomed into the incredible Batek culture for an unforgettable experience.
This award-winning project will have you tracking and monitoring gentle giants, and constructing wells and other features which which provide water in this arid environment. You will learn a great deal about the behaviour and movement of these creatures, as well as the vital work carried out to protect them. In your free time, there is time to get to know the local people and experience the culture!
Work in this incredible and unique cooperative community which unites local youths with volunteers so that you can share knowledge. Sadly, many youths from the area are taken out of school early to work. You will teach gardening and landscaping, enabling them to learn a trade whilst (perhaps even more importantly) helping them to build confidence and self-belief.
Head to possibly the most biologically intense area on earth to gain incredible conservation experience. You will be walking the beaches to gather data on sea turtles; releasing baby sea turtles during hatching season; planting & harvesting in the wildlife-friendly sustainable farm; helping re-wild the Osa; and monitoring for reforestation efforts and wildlife recovery. You will not be short of things to do as you get to know this beautiful area and the work that goes on here.