There is a myriad of different travel and the environment issues that a gap year traveller is exposed to whilst on their adventures. From carbon footprints to greenhouse gases to saving the habitats of endangered species; a gap year traveller has a lot to think about in regards to how their gap year will affect the travel and the environment issues facing the world today. But, there are ways to help.
If you have an interest in environmental issues there are a number of projects the world over shouting out for volunteers. Conservation projects can focus on re-forestation, nursing sick and injured animals or marine issues such as conserving coral reefs just to name a few. With so many different programs on offer it is imperative that you confirm the exact cost of the project (if any) and confirm where the money will go once you’ve paid up (is it kept within the local community or distributed for admin costs elsewhere). Most project volunteers do not need a specific skill set or background of qualifications, just a can-do attitude and the need to do their bit for the world’s environment.
If environmental issues are something that interests you then read up on our great travel and the environment advice articles.
In this article, Chloë Hunt talks about the importance of marine conservation and how volunteers really need to make sure that they're contributing to the environment.
Will Hardy wanted a different type of gap year. That's why he went to volunteer in Hawaii and Kilauea Volcano soon became his office for three months.
How much do gap years damage the environment? Are backpackers killing the ozone layer? And do they care? One student decided to investigate.
Gapyear.com speaks to Borneo conservation leader Leo Biddle to learn more about his journey to the jungles of Asia, the honest reality of wildlife conservation and the rewarding challenge of animal volunteering. Read this fascinating interview of the man aiming to change the volunteer industry.
Calling all green gappers! Yes, I know you're out there somewhere. And even if you're not feeling particularly green today or aren't a current gapper, just lend me two minutes of your internet-browsing time (that Eastenders episode update can wait!). I promise to keep my soapbox firmly to one side, my feet on the ground and not to go all green and airy-fairy on you.
How would you like to fall asleep in a hammock in the rainforest listening to monkeys and toucans, and help out on vital reforestation projects? Or nurse orphaned lion cubs in Kenya? In this guide you'll find out the different types of conservation opportunities that are available and what you can expect from a volunteer project.
Deforestation simply put means the removal of trees and forests, usually through cutting or burning. In South America, most deforestation takes place because of a need for agricultural land. In countries with poor economies, such as those in South America, people turn to agriculture to meet the everyday needs of living.
Global warming is an issue we have all been made very aware of. However, although it appears to be a very straightforward process, numerous studies conducted on the problem have yielded varied results and conflicting evidence. This means there is little certainty over what is actually happening, the reasons for it, and the implications.