Consider becoming an environmental conservation volunteer and make a difference in ecosystems around the world. There are environmental conservation volunteer opportunities worldwide where you can escape from your daily life and help maintain a better Earth.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers Australia offers you an opportunity to join between six and ten volunteers from around the world to work as a team in either Australia or New Zealand on environmental volunteer projects. As an environmental conservation volunteer, your work might include erosion control, habitat restoration, endangered plants surveys or seed collection. In addition, you can choose from Naturewise tours, where you combine conservation efforts with eco-touring for two days to one week. For more information, visit the Conservation Volunteers Australia website.
EarthWatch Institute, based in the United States, supports research, education and conservation in 50 countries worldwide. Expeditions may take you snorkeling in the Bahamian Reefs to check reef health, test water chemistry and take reef measurements. Work with bats and their interaction with the ecosystem in Brazil or census marsupials and birds in Australia. In addition, EarthWatch has programs in paleontology and archeology. EarthWatch also offers memberships to those who would like to support the cause. For more information, visit the EarthWatch Institute website.
World Endeavors offers environmental conservation opportunities to make a difference in several countries around the world. Work on conservation and environmental volunteering projects in Brazil, Panda conservation in China and wildlife conservation in Ecuador. World Endeavors also offers programs in orphanage assistance, teaching and community development. For more information, visit the World Endeavors website.
Volunteer.gov/gov- Building American's Communities of Service
Volunteer.gov is a website that allows you to search for volunteer opportunities through governmental agencies with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. As an environmental volunteer, you might find yourself monitoring tide pools at the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. You could help stop invasive plant species along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Linden, VA or the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Projects might also include controlling soil erosion, conservation education, fire prevention and trail maintenance. For more information, please visit the Volunteer.gov/gov website.
Perhaps it was baby boomers lost opportunities (or those that they gained) with groups such as The Peace Corps, that provided the inspiration for today's booming volunteer vacation industry. On the other hand, perhaps the trend was motivated by frugal explorers eager for an adventure and willing to work for it.
Everyone needs a break on occasion, some time away, a little R & R.Here are six wonderful ways to take a vacation, and do some good at the same time. You'll have so much fun with new experiences, new people and service, you may not want to come home!