So you’re broke AF but want to volunteer abroad? We got you.
Volunteering abroad is a dream trip for many travellers who want to experience a community and culture during their break while also having a positive impact. For many people, committing to the adventure of a lifetime requires a lot of saving or fundraising before they are able to hop onto that plane. Luckily for you we have found some projects for volunteering on a budget that will help you take that trip a whole lot sooner!
Rainforest Conservation in Malaysia
When we think of Asia we imagine crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, lush forests, unique animals, spectacular temples and mouth-watering food. Sadly, poaching, deforestation, and pollution have severely impacted the natural environment making conservation efforts increasingly important.
One of the oldest deciduous rainforests in the world, Taman Negara, can be found in Southern Malaysia. The rainforest is estimated to be over 130 million years old and is home to endangered tigers, elephants, leopards, peacock-pheasants and sun bears. The unique nature of the forest has seen it grow into a famous ecotourism destination with visitors keen to see these endangered animals in the wild.
Conservation volunteers play an important role in deterring poachers from the area and they are vital in helping locate snares and traps. There is no better way to explore the rugged wilderness of this area than by working to help protect it for future generations.
Become a rainforest conservationist: https://www.ecocompanion.com/experiences/rainforest-research-and-conservation-project
Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
Did you know that sea turtles are one of the oldest living creatures? They have been swimming in our oceans for about 110 million years and were swimming through the oceans while dinosaurs were roaming around!
Costa Rica is home to some important nesting areas, making it a key site for conservation activities for the leatherback, green, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles. The Osa Peninsula is the best protected area in the region, one of only four tropical fjords in the world. Here, you can spend your days conducting in-water monitoring surveys to help understand the migration between foraging and nesting areas; gathering data on individual turtles, or feeding the turtles at the rescue centre.
Swimming with sea turtles is an incredible experience and not one that you will easily forget. I once was swimming in the Caribbean and was so focused on a school of fish that I didn’t notice a sea turtle swimming behind me. He swam right up to me and came so close I was hit with a flipper. Being slapped in the face by a turtle isn’t something you will forget very easily!
Swim with turtles and collect important data: https://www.ecocompanion.com/experiences/in-water-sea-turtle-conservation
Volunteering should be about making a positive impact, not about spending a lot of money. If you are keen to add a volunteering experience to your next trip, make sure you check out some of our incredible Eco Companion partners. You too might get up close and personal with a sea turtle!
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