Wildlife Conservation Programs


Protecting the Marine Turtles in La Penita
La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico       5 projects of 2 wks from November to January

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to protect the endangered marine turtles working in close collaboration with the local population of La Peñita Town or as they say “the place where turtles come at night”. Volunteers, along with local people and a team of professional biologists and trained staff, will develop activities to protect the turtles, and will help to ensure the survival of the turtles for the future generations.
There are five species of turtles arriving to this area: Negra (Black Turtle), Golfina (Olive Ridley Turtle), Laud (Leatherback Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill Turtle) and more! The size of the turtles varies from 1 meter to 2.4 meters long and the weight from 40 kg to 500 kg. Every turtle makes a nest of around 150 eggs.

If you love nature, enjoy spending time in an astonishingly beautiful beaches close to a nice beach town, and are willing to witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!

There is a team of up to 5 experts that will be working with the volunteers in order to show them the beauty of the turtle’s life. The turtle camp has been in operation for over 25 years now.

The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night. The working hours are from 8:00pm to 8:00am, four days per week. The volunteers will be split in two teams allowing each team to have a day of work, a day off for recovery and two days off on weekends. The goal is to find the adult turtles and collect their eggs, to move the eggs to a protected place called Vivero and release newborn baby turtles into the sea when they hatch. Volunteers will also help collecting statistical data in order to learn about the evolution of the species. Activities must be carried out at night since turtles do not go out of the ocean during the day (because of natural predators, it is safer for turtles to get out of the ocean in the dark). In collaboration with local people and biologists from La Peñita, volunteers will seek for the turtles, taking care of their eggs and the baby turtles. The work place and load depend on the number of turtles that come ashore. Every day, the biologists will define which beach will be patrolled by the volunteers depending on where more turtles arrive. The group will also take part in the reconstruction of some of the most important turtle camps in the region. Locals and experts are very friendly and working with them is always fun as they explain to the team what to do.

Language: The official language of the project is English. Some Spanish would be appreciated.

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free time during the day to do many fun and interesting activities and to discover many marvelous places around. The volunteers can learn to surf, go fishing, visit and help in shelters for protection of endangered species (crocodiles), visit local towns, get to know and enjoy the local culture. Rincón de Guayabitos is well connected by bus to localities and cities around.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit solitary beaches and towns with an extraordinary natural richness. Among those places are Flamingos, with its three beautiful lakes; Bucerias, with a long beach and cobblestone streets; La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a picturesque fishing town; Destiladeras, a paradise for surfers. Volunteers will have the chance to visit the Islas Marietas - one of the most beautiful places on earth, take surfing classes and travel to Sayulita, a bohemian town ideal for camping. The beaches of Rincon de Guayabitos with crystal-clear waters and calm waves resemble a large swimming pool. Nearby, participants will find the pre-Hispanic sanctuary of Altavista and the semi-virgin beach named Chacala, the perfect site to be amazed by nature.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a hotel in La Peñita de Jaltemba, in shared rooms with all facilities at disposal: private bathroom, Wi-Fi, air conditioning. They will have full access to two swimming pools and the beach. Three meals a day are provided at the hotel restaurant consisting of good typical Mexican food. Vegetarian meals are also available.

Location: La Peñita de Jaltemba is a small beach town with approximately 20,000 inhabitants, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit. It is the main service community for the popular beach resort area Rincón de Guayabitos. The closest city is Puerto Vallarta.

Nestled in the imposing Sierra Madre Occidental, and washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Riviera Nayarit is emerging as one of the most attractive and magic destinations of Mexico. The area extends approximately 300 kilometers along the coast, backed by mountainous jungle and facing coastal islands. There is plenty of remote backcountry for those wanting to see a more rustic side of rural Mexico. Banderas Bay, on the southern section of the Riviera Nayarit, is famous for being the destination spot of thousands of humpback whales that offer an unmatched spectacle. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is famous for its long seafront walkway and its vibrant nightlife. The Huichol Indians are the most famous ethnic group within the region. They are characterized by their eye-catching clothing, hats adorned with feathers and their colorful handcrafts, such as masks and animal figurines made of beads.

Nearest airports: Puerto Vallarta International Airport Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Morelia International Airport, Mexico City International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 295 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
November 22 - December 4, 2017
December 6 - December 18, 2017
December 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018
January 3 - January 15, 2018
January 17 - January 29, 2018

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Protecting the endangered rhinos of Botswana
Khama, Botswana       December 11 - December 22, 2017

Volunteer project: Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located around 25 km north of Serowe and 320 km north-west of Gaborone, the capital city of the Republic of Botswana. It is defined by Kalahari Desert sands and quite a range of vegetation. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conservation park for endangered white and black rhinos. It also hosts a wide range of animals including kudus, impalas, gemsboks, giraffes, and a variety of small animals and birds.

The population of rhinos is currently facing a serious threat due to poaching, therefore Khama is a safe haven for them. South Africa is donating more rhinos to the park, as 2 rhinos are killed in the country every day. The park has now doubled in area to accommodate over 80 rhinos. The park is being guarded by the game rangers as well as the military who form part of the anti-poaching unit.

The volunteers will have the following duties:
- maintenance of trails and fire breaks;
- trimming trees that overlap the road;
- monitoring rhinos and other wild animals during patrols;
- construction of new roads;
- making and installing signage in the park;
- repairing park fence.
The volunteers may be asked to assist with any other task that may be deemed important at that particular time. Volunteers at the nature reserve can enjoy day and evening game drives and educational lectures on some days. Volunteers can also arrange to join the rangers for their animal counts and patrols.

Orientation: An orientation for the volunteers will take place in Mochudi one day before the project starts.

Language: English

Leisure time: Places of interest to visit around are the Serowe museum, the Royal Cemetery, Makgadikgadi Pans. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is located along the way to Moremi game reserve.

Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary provides accommodation in camping sites. Volunteers must bring their own tent and sleeping bag. Internet, supermarkets and banking are available in Serowe town which is 20 minutes drive form the sanctuary.

Location: Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia       January 15 - January 23, 2018

Volunteer project: Currently the conflict between elephants and humans is rising because there's less area for the elephants to live in. Elephants are being squeezed into a smaller area, since the local farmers plant the crops and elephants like to eat them. The elephants frequently raid and destroy the crops which causes a conflict between people and elephants. Due to this reason, the local government and organizations, concerned about the wildlife are working together to save and conserve the elephants and reduce the conflict.

This volunteer project aims to assist the conservation efforts of the Elephant Conservation Centre in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, Southern Sumatra Island. This is not a safari place, but a sanctuary for the conservation of elephants facing problems of critical decrease in population. The park consists of swamp forest and lowland rainforest, and covers around 1.300 square kilometers. Presently, there are about 60 elephants and 60 mahouts in the conservation center (one mahout is responsible for one elephant).

The volunteers will help local mahouts daily to take care of the elephants including bathing/showering, feeding, health checking and grassing the elephants. One local mahout will be accompanied by one volunteer in doing the daily job.

Study theme: The volunteers will learn about the life of elephants, how local people take care of them and what they do for their conservation.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have an opportunity to enjoy exciting attractions in Lampung such as a beach, home industry, traditional market and fruit plantation.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the Elephant Conservation Centre, dormitory style accommodation (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). Food will be provided with catering service. There will be also a homestay in the nearby village.

Location: The project will take place in Lampung, on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra.

Terminal: Radin Inten II Airport (TKG) in Lampung

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 380 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Sea turtle conservation in Playa Junquillal
Costa Rica       2 weeks to 5 months


Volunteer project: This volunteer project is based in Playa Junquillal of Santa Cruz, Costa Rica and since 2001 is working for the conservation of sea turtles and the Rio Nandamojo. The goal is to ensure the conservation of threatened ecosystems and contribute to the well being of communities who depend on them.

Junquillal is a very important breeding zone in Pacific Costa Rica for endangered Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), Black turtles (Chelonia mydas agassizii) and Loras turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). Volunteers will join the efforts to protect the sea turtles, mitigate poaching, ensure optimal conditions for nesting turtles through active conservation and community support, and increase the welfare of the local population of Junquillal.

Volunteer's main duties involve:
• Night patrols along the beach and nesting sites for turtles
• Monitoring of protected nests
• Ensuring that hatchlings born get alive to the sea
• Supporting the reforestation program and the climate change adaptation program
• Keeping the beach clean of waste
Volunteers will work 5-8 hours a day (depending on the tasks), 5 days a week.

Special requirements:
- Basic knowledge of Spanish
- To love nature and have strong environmental values
- Good physical condition
- Willingness to collaborate in outdoor activities and field work

Orientation: An orientation will take place in San José on the first day of the project.

Language: English

Duration of the project:  2 weeks to 5 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: Volunteers stay in the volunteer center, with a host family in the community, or in a camping area near the beach that has electricity and drinking water.

Location: Junquillal Beach, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The area's main attraction are the beaches that stretch for more than 5 km and the extensive mangrove, fed by the river Nandomojo. The place is 34 km from the city of Santa Cruz and 260 km from San Jose.

Terminal: San José

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $440 CAD for short-term placement; $690 CAD (about $560 US) for long-term placement

Extra fee: 500 USD for 2 weeks; 675 USD for 3 weeks; 900 USD for 1 month; 1750 USD for 2 months; 2600 USD for 3 months; 3450 USD for 4 months; 4200 USD for 5 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Sea turtle protection in Karnataka
India       1 to 6 months

Volunteer project: For the last 15 years, the Sea Turtle population has been under threat from fishing and egg predation by locals. Three species of the protected Sea Turtles are nesting on India’s West Coast and all of them are endangered species. With an effort to save the life of these endangered species, promote eco-system and addresses environmental issues, volunteers are working along a 60 kilometre stretch of the beach in the south and north of Kundapur, Karnataka. Right now, the work is focused on sea turtle protection and conservation. The work involves surveys, data gathering and analysis, awareness generation amongst the local community and within schools, harbours and fishing communities. You will also be required to build hatcheries and temporary information centres, as well as design and create promotional material.

The work requires high degree of motivation, interest and some knowledge in this particular field is useful. Please remember in the first month and the last month the majority of the work will be in documentations.

There is no guarantee that you will see sea turtles, hatchlings or eggs whilst working on this project.

Language: English

Duration of the project: This project is seasonal and starts in August and runs until February, only for six months. Minimum commitment is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required. This information assists us to match you to the project as accurately as possible.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Kundapur or Bangalore in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: topics include aims of the program, way of working, finances, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language, Kannada. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language, since this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in the project who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Animal rescue program at Morona Santiago Zoo
Ecuador       4 weeks to 12 months

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will support a little zoo, located near Macas in Morona Santiago in the Amazon region. The zoo started in early 2006 as a "rescue center" for wild species to respond to the inadequate treatment of these animals who were hunted and sold to citizens as pets, were hold captive in confined spaces with inadequate diet, hygiene, etc. That was the reason to create the center to rescue mammals, reptiles, birds, etc. We started with the rescue of a tapir (Tapirus terrestris). In April of 2006 a 7-month old male jaguar (Panthera onca) was brought from San José de Morona. Other animals were brought to the Center by the Ministry of Environment or individuals. This led to the need of a larger area where to build dens for each animal and provide the right habitat.

We need volunteers to ameliorate the difficult economic situation of the zoo due to the lack of involvement of local institutions and the government. If you want to help us feed the animals, learn about them, you are welcome to this project.

Animal rescue volunteer program

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The project is running all year round. Minimum commitment required is 4 weeks, up to 12 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Morona Santiago

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: $480 US/4 weeks
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Animal Care and Conservation program
India       minimum 3 months

Volunteer project: A sustainable future for the planet can only be achieved if both animals and people are part of the solution. However, it is not at all uncommon to see animals - domestic, stray or wild often exploited and taken for granted. It is a forgotten fact that even they need food and water. Conservation and management of animals have a significant bearing on the survival of every species by helping in promotion of rational use of environment to provide a high quality of living for mankind. Animal care and conservation envisages not only the protection of the existing populations of animals and their habitats, but also the breeding and farming of rare animals.

As a volunteer you will be assigned to work with organisations involved in the field of impacting political and economic climate, habitat protection, breeding and farming, special wildlife projects, legislative measures, nurse ailing and injured animals. The major activities that you may be assigned are: Providing care and treatment, conducting surveys, documentation, policy advocacy, designing appropriate IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials, community awareness and education.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 3 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required. This information assists us to match you to the project as accurately as possible.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Kundapur or Bangalore in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: topics include aims of the program, way of working, finances, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language, Kannada. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language, since this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in the project who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Protection and conservation of the Quebradas River basin
Quebradas, Costa Rica       1 week to 5 months

Volunteer project: The Biological Centre and Natural Reserve in Quebradas are protecting the main water source, the flora and fauna of the area. International volunteers are invited to support the Biological Centre and Natural Reserve. The Reserve is located 3 km uphill from the community of Quebradas, between 1000 and 2500 meters above sea level. The Reserve was created in 1989 as an answer to the problems of deforestation in the area. There's also an environmental education centre.
The mission of the Reserve is:
- to stop the deforestation and preserve the basin of Las Quebradas River, which is the source of drinking water for the whole town of San Isidro and most of the region of Pérez Zeledón;
- to develop environmental education and awareness initiatives for children and the community;
- to establish various sustainable systems in order to guarantee the conservation of flora, fauna and water resources in the area;
- to become financially independent through ecotourism;
- to do research and to promote the conservation work.

The Reserve is especially proud of the diversity of birds and butterflies that live in its forest. They have already constructed a butterfly farm to show all the different types of butterflies for the enjoyment of the visitors. Now, they also want to improve the bird watching opportunities in the area. Experts estimate that there are about 200 different birds in the protected area. The Biological Center wants to observe the habits of these birds in order to create leaflets about the types of birds that can be found in the area during the different times of the year. You can also find white-face monkeys and other small tropical mammals. The Biological Center also has a garden with medicinal plants, and they produce organic compost. In addition, within the 36 hectares of the Reserve, you can find a system of 4 trails, 3 of which have signs for educational guided tours.

The volunteers will join the conservation, protection and awareness work of the Reserve. Possible tasks for the volunteers:
• to maintain the garden of medicinal plants,
• to maintain the Butterfly Garden,
• to maintain the channel around the lagoon,
• to maintain the trails inside the Reserve,
• to clean and to maintain green areas,
• to make new informative wooden signs for the trails,
• to plant flowers and trees on the access road,
• to paint and to maintain the buildings.
Volunteer’s schedule is Monday to Friday, 5-8 hours a day (depending on the tasks and weather).

Special requirements:
- to be able to work on physically demanding tasks such as construction and maintenance of trails,
- to be ready to walk uphill for 50 minutes every morning in order to get to the project site and walk back to the host family in town after finishing work every afternoon.

Arrival and orientation: All participants in the program have an orientation meeting in San José before travelling to the project. The orientation helps you get an insight into local culture and prepares you for a positive experience in Costa Rica.
Please arrive in San José 3 days before the start of the project. On the third day, you will travel to the project site.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 week to 5 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay with a host family in Quebradas, Perez Zeledon.

Location: Las Quebradas is a small village near the town of San Isidro del General in Southern Costa Rica. Quebradas is located in the mountains, over 744 meters above the sea level, and it is part of the El General Valley. The valley is surrounded by high mountains such as Cerro de la Muerte to the north (3491 meters above sea level) and the highest mountain of Costa Rica, El Cerro Chirripó, at 3820 meters (about 12000 feet). The weather in the region is humid and, although the rainy season lasts from May until December, there will probably be some showers during the dry season as well.
Quebradas has some indigenous heritage from the pre-Columbian times, and some traces from those cultures can still be found in the community and the region. Las Quebradas was founded by farmers who moved to the mountains to the north of San Isidro and settled at the border of the river Quebradas. Currently, because of private and communal initiatives, Quebradas is preserving the high lands in those mountains to protect the river Quebradas, which is supplying drinking water to Quebradas, San Isidro and other communities in the surroundings. The main economic activity is agriculture (coffee, sugarcane, corn, beans, fruits and vegetables).

Terminal: San José

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $440 CAD for a short-term placement; $690 CAD (about $560 US) for a long-term placement

Extra fee: 238 USD for 1 week; 325 USD for 2 weeks; 413 USD for 3 weeks; 500 USD for 4 weeks; 950 USD for 8 weeks; 1400 USD for 12 weeks; 1850 USD for 16 weeks; 2200 USD for 20 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Environmental protection and awareness activities in Loro River Water Springs Park
Costa Rica       1 week to 5 months

Volunteer project: The Municipal Park “Naciente Rio Loro” (or Loro River Water Springs) is located in the Central Mountain Range of Costa Rica at approximately 1200 meters above the sea level and consists of 23 hectares of land.

The creation of the park was an initiative of the Running Water Technical Commission of the Municipality of the small city of Cartago aiming to protect the springs that provide running water to the nearby communities. It also aims to offer environmental education and a place for leisure for the people of these communities and of downtown Cartago.

During the school year (from March to November), the park receives groups of elementary school students. Over the weekends and during the "summer" vacation (from December to April), the park receives visitors that come to spend the day with their families and friends.

As a volunteer in this project, you'll have to:
• clean trails,
• maintain infrastructure,
• assist with the groups that visit the park,
• translate into other languages if necessary,
• do some office tasks if necessary.

Special requirements:
- to be environmentally aware,
- to be hard working.

Orientation: An orientation will take place in San José on the first day of the project.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 week to 5 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: The volunteer will live with a local host family.

Location: Ochomogo, Cartago, in the Costa Rican Central Valley

Terminal: San José

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $440 CAD for short-term placement; $690 CAD (about $560 US) for long-term placement

Extra fee: 225 USD for 1 week; 300 USD for 2 weeks; 375 USD for 3 weeks; 450 USD for 1 month; 850 USD for 2 months; 1250 USD for 3 months; 1650 USD for 4 months; 1950 USD for 5 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support the operation and conservation efforts of the Azuay animal shelter
Ecuador       3 to 12 weeks

Volunteer project: The animal shelter/zoo is located in the Province of Azuay and it has about 600 animals. We are looking for volunteers who have interest and motivation to learn about the various animals and plants, and good will to help the animals and the staff.

The animal shelter has ocelots, penguins, blue footed boobies, tapir, buffalo, deer, ostriches, yamalas (small deer) cuchuchos, variety of birds, alligators, peacocks, turtles. etc. Initially there were just 5 deer and a capuchin monkey, but the number of animals increased as people donated wild animals they used to keep in their homes. The shelter only receives donated animals; it never buys animals as the sale or purchase of wild animals is prohibited in Ecuador.

The project activities will be coordinated by the staff of the zoo. The volunteers will be involved in the work of the different departments: Education; Animal and plant management; Research and conservation; Maintenance and construction.
Volunteers' tasks include:
- Educational guide tours;
- Translations;
- Support for the educational programs;
- Animals: feeding and management, support the enrichment programs, prevention and vet support, cleaning, conservation of species, etc.;
- Plants: plant maintenance, planting native species, conservation of species, etc.;
- Help in maintenance and construction.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The program is running all year round. Minimum time for volunteering is 3 weeks, up to 12 weeks.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Azuay

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: $480 US/4 weeks
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Protecting the tropical rainforest and wildlife in Tsachilas
Ecuador       6 to 12 months

Volunteer project: This volunteer project takes place in a protected Natural Forest Reserve in Canton La Concordia, province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas in the west of Ecuador. It is a remnant of 250 acres of private rainforest, protected by the Ecuadorian State. The height at the site is 250 m, the average daytime temperature of 24 degrees and relative humidity is 80%. The rainiest months are January, February, March and April, the sunniest months are September, October and November.

The volunteer work in the reserve is linked to several areas:
- Tourism: Learning to identify species of wildlife and its most attractive attributes. Proposals and implementation of recreational activities that encourage the protection and care of the forest.
- Environmental Education: One of the areas of greatest interest to the reserve is education and dissemination of knowledge of the fragility and importance of our ecosystem (Working with school children and youth in the schools).
- Research: Often research projects on the flora and fauna are presented by domestic and foreign universities, where volunteers can form part of the support team.
- Wildlife Conservation: This year we will begin with the construction of a rescue center for wildlife, as current facilities are very basic and small for the amount of wildlife that the reserve receives. The maternity area will be the main focus for volunteers who have an affinity to breeding fauna.
Most of the activities will take place in the jungle. Volunteers with interest in natural sciences, biology, veterinary studies are very welcome.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The project is running all year round. Minimum commitment required is 6 months, up to 12 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: $480 US/4 weeks
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Conservation, ecotourism and education work in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest
Costa Rica       1 week to 5 months

Volunteer project: The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, located in Monteverde, is a project that combines conservation, ecotourism and education. This project is an example of a protected area that is well administered by a small community which directly benefits from it.

With an area of 310 hectares, a great biodiversity and the source of many streams and rivers, the Reserve supplies the local communities and their surroundings with a nature preserve among a mosaic of protected neighboring areas: The Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Arenal National Park. Together, these constitute a joined protected area of forest of approximately 28 000 hectares, where populations of endangered animals, such as the tapir, jaguar and quetzal, have been revived. For all of these reasons, the Reserve receives annually about 20 000 tourists.

Thanks to the help of national and international volunteers, people from the community, and students, the Reserve has developed a good infrastructure of trails, a visitors' center, a store and a small restaurant. Many volunteers with technical and professional experience also help with environmental education and sustainable development projects.

At Santa Elena Reserve, helping hands are always welcome. You will not only have the unforgettable experience of knowing one of the most world renowned centers of conservation and biodiversity, but you will also enjoy the opportunity of meeting a new culture. Costa Ricans, in general, and people from the Monteverde area, in particular, are known for their friendship, respect and kindness.

Volunteers will mostly work along the crew of the Reserve. Their tasks include:
• maintaining and creating trails,
• repairing infrastructure,
• helping with the reforestation project of the local high school,
• assisting at the main office in town with reservations and translations.
If you stay for a longer period and have specific skills, you may also help with research going on at the Reserve.

Orientation: An orientation will take place in San José on the first day of the project.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 week to 5 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Accommodation: The volunteer will live with a local host family.

Location: Santa Elena of Monteverde (Puntarenas Province)

Terminal: San José

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $440 CAD for short-term placement; $690 CAD (about $560 US) for long-term placement

Extra fee: 238 USD for 1 week; 325 USD for 2 weeks; 413 USD for 3 weeks; 500 USD for 1 month; 950 USD for 2 months; 1400 USD for 3 months; 1850 USD for 4 months; 2200 USD for 5 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Conservation and protection of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Uganda       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has been described as “an isolated forest of outstanding biological richness”. This ancient forest contains more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns - and more famously, almost half the world’s mountain gorillas. As it is surrounded by one of the most densely populated rural areas in Africa, community benefits arising from gorilla tracking and other sustainable tourism initiatives may be the only hope for the future conservation of this precious site.

The volunteers will explore the forests and villages of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and will organise outreach programs for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They will promote environmental awareness, conservation and protection of the site. The group will provide educational support in the villages and plant trees. The volunteers may also help the local communities on small sustainable tourism projects in the area, as well as develop and design promotional materials about the park.

Study theme: Local history, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Site visits, biodiversity and cultural talks, picnics, enjoying the outdoor environment, mountain climbing.

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Housing is provided in the nearby communities. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in Kanunga and Kisoro districts in south-western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species. The forest is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support the Management Boards of UNESCO Protected Sites in Vietnam
Vietnam       2 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Placement on this project can be on one of 8 UNESCO protected sites in Vietnam:
• My Son World Heritage site
• Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
• Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve
• Dong Van Global Karst Plateau Geopark
• Lower U Minh Ha National Park (under Mui Ca Mau Biosphere Reserve)
• Cat Tien National Park (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

The volunteers will support the staff of the site management board. Volunteers' tasks include: giving English training course to the staff and the local community; conducting research about sustainable tourism development and management, and protection of the tropical forests; writing handbooks, leaflets and guidebooks…

Special requirements: Background/experience in environmental management, heritage management or tourism management is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with accommodation at the site. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Giang Province, Nghe An Province, Quang Nam Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa province, Ca Mau Province, Dong Nai Province, and Quang Ninh Province.

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 21 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Dog and cat rescue and care program
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       1 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: Volunteers in this program will contribute to the welfare of animals in Vietnam. There are many abandoned or stray dogs and cats on the streets of Ho Chi Minh city. The Dog and Cat rescue and care program was started in 2013 by young people, mostly university students. The aim of the program is to provide support and improve the welfare to abandoned or stray dogs and cats. Every day, at least 3 cases of stray/abandoned dogs and cats are found and rescued. Dogs and cats are brought to the shelter and taken care of, given medical care until they are healthy enough and ready for adoption or to return home. Since the start of the project, hundreds of dogs and cats have been rescued. The usual number of dogs and cats at the shelter is between 15-30. As the number of dogs and cats increases, there is a big need of volunteers to help care for the animals and to help with the fundraising efforts.

Volunteers’ duties include cleaning the shelter, showering and playing with the dogs and cats. Volunteers are also encouraged to join other activities on social media such as Facebook or Twitter, or organize campaigns at the local community in order to support the promotion and fundraising for the project.

On the first day, volunteers will be given an orientation tour of the shelter and they will learn why the dogs and cats are there and how they are cared for.
For this project, previous experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm for hard work and getting involved in the cause is. The volunteers will work from 9am to 3pm.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms, usually 2-6 volunteers per room. Single or twin room can be arranged by request. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room. Laundry service is available near the house.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby. Lunch on working days will be provided at a restaurant near the shelter.

Location: The project takes place in Ho Chi Minh city, in different districts. At the moment, volunteers are needed at shelters in Tan Phu and Binh Chanh Districts. Volunteers travel to work by bus. The travel time is about 1 hour.

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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