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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Sea Turtle Conservation

Volunteers are needed to help protect the magnificent leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtles on the beaches of Southeast Caribbean of Costa Rica. Currently, all eight...

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Maldives

Maldives - Sea Turtle Conservation

Come and discover the magnificent Maldives and play your role in sea turtle conservation initiatives! The project is located in the northern Maldives on the spectacular island...

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South Africa

South Africa - Wildlife Sanctuary

The animals at this wildlife sanctuary have been injured or orphaned leaving them in need of some assistance if they have any hope for survival. The animals become tame during...

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Thailand

Thailand - Learn, Volunteer and Travel

Location- Singburi is an interesting and beautiful town located 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded in prehistoric period during the reign of King Rama V through...

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Israel

Israel - Desert Wildlife Program

Join this unique wildlife conservation program in the spectacular desert landscape of the Arava, Israel and help to re-populate the nature reserve with the species of animals...

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South Africa

South Africa - Teach Children and Surf in Cape Town

This project takes place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, the oldest city in the country. From the iconic Table Mountain to the magnificent Cape beaches, this city

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South Africa

South Africa - The Big 5 Wildlife Reserve

-Location The Thanda Game Reserve in northern Zululand, South Africa, is 14,000 hectares of pristine bush and is home to Africa's infamous Big 5 including Lion, Leopard,...

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China

China - Giant Panda Center

Volunteer in China at the Giant Panda Center. Do you want to volunteer in China? Volunteers are invited to assist in an exciting and meaningful program with giant pandas...

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Israel

Israel - Vegan Bakery Internship

Be part of an up and coming vegan bakery. The owner is a passionate chef with a great deal of knowledge in cooking and baking. He is a wonderful mentor who knows a lot about...

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Thailand

Thailand - Gibbon Primate Sanctuary

Visit the Sing Buri Province in Thailand and assist in conservation efforts with local wildlife, specifically the gibbon population. Volunteers will give aid to gibbons who...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Animal Rescue and Conservation

This project is in San Carlos, Alajuela province. The La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center is a privately funded organization. Injured and displaced animals are brought to the...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Teaching and Social Work in San Jose

This program consists of many social work related projects around San Jose. Participants are free to choose from teaching at elementary schools, working with handicapped

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New Zealand

New Zealand - Conservation Experience

This project is perfect for nature lovers looking to explore New Zealand. The local organization boasts more than 2000 ongoing conservation projects throughout Australia

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Croatia

Croatia - Bottlenose Dolphin Conservation

In this program, you will get to live in Funtana, Croatia. Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Funtana has several water activities to offer, such as swimming, sailing,...

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GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization of 2015 Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Helped with lions in the safest, family like setting

Kevin's priority is the quality of life for all the animals in the sanctuary. Everyone involved at the sanctuary puts their heart and soul into the daily care of these animals. Besides lions, there are also black, spotted leopards and hyenas. The staff treated us, the volunteers, with such patience teaching what needs to be done daily as well as sharing their knowledge of the country's culture and importance of the wildlife. Never have I felt so safe. Rooms with bath are very comfy. TV we watched in the common area where we also shared meals, always yummy!, and met in the morning to get a run down of the day. My only worry was my fear of spiders and only saw a couple who weren't the least bit interested in me! On the Sunday we were treated to lunch and a safari at a nearby game lodge. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Program: South Africa - Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Elephant village in Thailand

This trip was the best thing I have ever done! I flew into Bangkok where we stayed the first couple of nights. We got to explore the city and tour temples. We were immersed into the culture. Then we went to the elephant village. We stayed in the village and were instantly welcomed into the community. We got the opportunity to connect with the kids and the village people. We would do work in the morning and afternoon. We made elephant poo paper, cut bamboo, plant banana trees, mix cement, clean elephant areas, feed elephants and walk elephants. It was hard work but it was so much fun! The staff were great! I always felt welcome and they were there to answer any questions. The other volunteers are now people I call friends! It was a great experience and I will cherish it forever. I am already planning my next trip to Thailand.

Program: Thailand - Elephant Rescue and Conservation

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Thai impact, more than a volunteer

Since day 1 at Singburi guesthouse was awesome and so different for me, a western guy, visiting for first time a new continent, the people was nice, the coordinator, also the other volunteers and specially my roommates, then, the introduction week was such a life changer for you, knew that people from Thailand, their cultures, their way to live, they were also so nice and polite at you, the Watcharoo school, my volunteering place, teaching english, was great, the kids, the teachers, the food, a big ten for them! Hopefully I will go back to Thai and repeat that experience.

Program: Thailand - Learn, Volunteer and Travel

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Walkabout Park

Lots of interaction with local people, great living quarters and well situated for a weekend getaway to the beach.
The work was interesting and educational. I found the trip very fulfilling and learned a great deal about myself.

Program: Australia - Conservation Experience

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Interning in India

This was such a wonderful immersion process that gave me such wonderful insight to the culture and medical practices abroad. It gave me a chance to have hands on experience that I'd never get in the U.S. and helped me to become a better global citizen!

Program: India - Medical and Health Care Internship

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