Ecotourism has never been so important. Global environmental issues such as climate change, logging, conservation, overpopulation, water and air pollution and illegal dumping of waste are damaging jungles, rainforests, coral, animal population and homes for people in some seriously substandard townships the world over.
Environmental opportunities made available to people on their gap years can help eradicate the destruction caused by these disasters and help make the suffering destinations beautiful again. Ecotourism volunteers can assist in marine conservation projects on the Galapagos Islands or learn all about eco-development in a remote South American village. Animal conservation is also a major issue within ecotourism and there are many different types of projects that focus on this crucial concern, such as saving the White Tiger in India or the Pandas in China. The possibilities are endless and so are the rewards.
Volunteers taking part in environmental opportunities abroad often live amongst the local community usually with their own room in a homestay or a shared bedroom in a local dorm. If ecotourism is something you’re interested in then ensure to secure a placement on your gap year.
ICYE UK’s ethical volunteering programme provides a true cultural immersion for volunteers who support local development NGOs in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Learn the practical skills required to become a Marine Scientist whilst helping us to create marine parks with the Bahamas National Trust! No previous experience required!
This guide training program is an ideal chance to get an African Experience like no other.
Carry out groundbreaking survey work, exploring Costa Rica’s remote habitats and helping to combat the effects of global warming.
Travel to Brazil and into the heart of the world’s largest jungle. Learn Portuguese, teach English, teach about sustaining the Amazon and assist as a guide in exiting overnight survival trips!
Study to become a Level 1 Field Guide on a FGASA in Victoria Falls. This 55 day safari guide course covers a variety of topics from animal behaviour, guiding, wildlife, birds and ecology.
Get up close and personal with dolphins on a paradise island setting in Western Australia, how good is that?!
If you have skills in Graphic Design, Social Media and PR or Permaculture, use your skills and intern to further the interests of a hard working tree-planting NGO in Cape Town.
Go on, have it all... Travel and volunteer in the Andes, rainforest & Galapagos, getting stuck into wildlife & environment conservation and teaching indigenous tribes.
In partnership with the WWF, we helped set up a protected marine research park in Tanzania. Since then we have developed marine projects in Fiji, Madagascar and many other countries.