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.
Be a wildlife conservation volunteer at one of Malawi’s leading eco-tourism projects. Get back to nature, live in the heart of a tranquil game reserve and help protect Malawi’s wildlife.
These education placements are based in KwaZulu Natal where volunteers will spend their time helping to organise environmental education programmes for groups of school children.
Live and work in a private game reserve to help with their elephant safari’s, wildlife and environment conservation, teaching and community building.
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!
Travel back in time and volunteer at old school ranch where everything still runs on man and horse power in Guyana’s Rupununi Savannah, South America’s only English Speaking Country!
This fascinating and very worthwhile project give you high levels of personal satisfaction.
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.
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!
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.
This project in Peru is perfect for anyone who is outgoing and has a passion for wildlife. It offers volunteers the chance to get hands-on experience in the most diverse ecosystem on earth.