Volunteer in Eco-Tourism Abroad

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961 Eco-Tourism Volunteer Abroad Programs


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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 mentioned in the Bible! Located in the Arava valley, the mission of Wildlife Reserve is to establish reproduction groups for populations of wild animals that are mentioned in the Bible; but have disappeared from the la...


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Become a Love Volunteer and get a truly memorable experience whilst helping those in real need. Love Volunteers has provided meaningful Eco-Tourism volunteering abroad programs to thousands of volunteers seeking safe, responsible and affordable ways to help needy communities! Check out our exciting programs and sign up now!


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Play a hands-on role in the long-term conservation of African wildlife on this expedition. Enjoy first-class wildlife viewing and live on a game reserve in the heart of Southern Africa. This conservation expedition give you the opportunity to participate in wildlife monitoring projects. You will learn how to radio track, and possibly get involved with the darting and fitting of radio tracking c...


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Ecuador has been named by ecologists as one of the world’s “megadiversity hotspots” and is one of the most species-rich countries on earth. The Galapagos Islands are 1000km (621mi) off Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Due to their isolation, the islands are home to many unique species of flora and fauna. This uniquely evolved wildlife is famous for helping Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evoluti...


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The African lion population has diminished by 80 - 90% in the past 40 years. The aim of the Lion Rehabilitation Program, African Impacts own pilot project, is to release and therefore restore lion populations through a 4 stage program. The project has been designed that it will also provide social benefits to surrounding communities. Volunteers are involved in research of lion behaviour an...


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Soak up the Latin American culture and learn the Spanish language. Our Spanish Immersion Gap Year is specifically designed for a full language experience, all while making a real impact. Each country promises to astound you with it's ecological diversity, off-the-beaten-path destinations, rugged coastlines, bustling markets, and delicious food! For two decades, CCS volunteers have traveled a...


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Delve into one of the world's most bio-diverse countries and really get to know Costa Rica. Maximo Nivel's specialized volunteer projects are a great way to enhance your understanding of conservation and the environment. Project types include: - Sea turtle conservation - Eco-agriculture - coffee farming - Animal care - and more! Conservation volunteers are supervised by biologists,...


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Volunteer in the east of Thailand on this elephant welfare project and work with communities that have lived with elephants for centuries. Since the ban on logging and the introduction of machinery, opportunities to work for these communities has become limited and people and elephants often starve. As a result the government has introduced initiatives to use the elephants to encourage ethical ...


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Connect-123 can facilitate a wide variety of environment and sustainable development related volunteer positions that allow you to participate in a variety of projects, working side-by-side with locals and other volunteers. Those interested in all things green can volunteer with one of Dublin’s many environmental initiatives. Environment volunteers can work on wildlife and conservation campaig...


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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.


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International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval program, teaching English placements, arts placements and community development projects. *BRAZIL SPORTS PROGRAM Sport has become vital for Rio's lowest income communities, as they provide children and adolescents with r...


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45 minutes outside of the busy city of Chiang Mai, in the lush hills to the north, is an Elephant Camp. Come learn about the endangered Asian elephant, help with conservation efforts, and become a part of this community! The park has been open for 20 years, has over 70 elephants and roughly 250 workers. It is surrounded by lush mountains and is divided down the middle by a river. This is a ...


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We have a great volunteer place for you! Provide a genuine service while learning about this captivating South Pacific culture. Our NGO host partner on the main island of Rarotonga directs our work to help bolster literacy, elder care and social services in several settings. Your "helping hands" help deliver essential services to the island's youth and adults! Global Volunteers has over 29...


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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...


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Take advantage of an opportunity like no other, wherein you get to help people while enjoying the stunning beaches of Koh Samui! Travel to Thailand and join a volunteering program aimed at helping children learn English, allowing them to break the cycle of poverty in the process. Not only will you change their lives through education, but you also get to engage them in cultural exchange. Vol...

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Eco-Tourism Volunteering Abroad

Eco-Tourism is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of travel for nature lovers and environmental enthusiasts. By contributing to the preservation of natural habitats and minimizing the human impact on local ecosystems through a variety of volunteer activities, adventurous individuals can visit some of the most beautiful places in the world and leave behind a positive footprint.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Eco-Tourism

Eco-tourism volunteering is a great way to experience some of the world’s best kept habitats and landscapes while working to protect local plant and animal species from the destructive effects of human expansion. Becoming an eco-tourism volunteers is a great way to partake in adventure activities, such as trekking, kayaking, scuba diving, and more, while also ensuring and contributing to the preservation of habitats for native species and future generations.


Eco-tourism volunteer programs are offered all over the world in a variety of different environmental landscapes. Many of these locations have been very well preserved due to the hard work of environmental organizations and activists, meaning that you will have a responsibility to give back as you travel and experience these natural wonderlands.

Central & South America are two such regions that are very popular for eco-tourism volunteering abroad. Straddling the equator are such bio-diverse hotspots as Costa Rica, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands. These habitats are the home of thousands of indigenous species and offer eco-volunteers the opportunity to experience a unique landscape while working to protect vulnerable plants and animals.

Sub-Saharan Africa is another popular destination for eco-tourism volunteer work, where many indigenous species are continuously threatened by poaching and other harmful human activities. Africa’s infamous “big five” animals, the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, are among the most vulnerable species on the continent.

Regions of Southeast Asia and Oceania are also increasingly popular destinations for eco-tourism volunteer programs. Regions of the Himalayas, India, and Borneo feature incredibly beautiful landscapes and are home to many exotic species, such as elephants, tigers, and orangutan. The Australian Outback is also a thriving and diverse environment where you can work to protect many indigenous species on this isolated island continent.

Eco-Tourism Volunteering Abroad

Eco-tourism volunteer programs typically blend a good amount of work and fun. They also vary a lot when it comes to the type of tasks you will be responsible for completing, largely because of the variety of vulnerable characteristics of each specific habitat.

For example, in Central America the sea turtle population has become endangered due to poaching and erosion, so eco-tourism volunteer placements might include patrolling beaches at night in search of nests and helping to release new born turtles into the wild. In Africa habitats are being destroyed and many animals suffer from poaching, so volunteers might work closely with zebras, elephants, or even cheetahs in a wildlife sanctuary. While on the other hand, in New Zealand many habitats are in danger from environmental degradation, so volunteers might work to plant trees, build hiking trails, or conduct flora and fauna surveys.

These are just a few examples of the many different types of eco-tourism volunteer work that international volunteers can engage in, but specific tasks will always be based on local ecological needs. Eco-tourism volunteer programs tend to run for two weeks up to a few months, and volunteers are given a good amount of flexibility in customizing their own trip. Different programs come with different accommodations, prices, and group sizes, so take factors such a these into account when deciding where to become an eco-tourism volunteer abroad.


Eco-tourism volunteering abroad is your ticket to experiencing some of the most geographically impressive and biologically diverse regions of the world, while working within the bounds of an environmentally friendly program. This is truly the chance to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and form long-lasting memories, in places where many people will never get to travel and with unique species of plants and animals. Most importantly, you can feel confident that your volunteer work is helping to protect the local community and the indigenous species which populate it.

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