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.
Conservation work in Zimbabwe is extensive and important, but often hindered by the attitudes of the government. Here's why it's worth ignoring the press and helping out.
Seeing a total solar eclipse can be a once in a lifetime event, but for many it was a cause of fear. Here are some of the direst superstitions ever believed about them.
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 and the honest reality of wildlife conservation.
Climate change is happening and there is something that you, as a traveller (or potential traveller) can do about it, so read this right now to find out how!
Working to conserve the fantastic wildlife of our planet is a dream for many of us and volunteering on your gap year is a sure way to get involved!
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
Global warming is an issue we have all been made very aware of. There is little certainty over what is actually happening, the reasons for it, and the implications.