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Volunteers needed to help with maintaining and supporting an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica.  There are a few different types of volunteering opportunities

Kids Saving The Rainforest are a Costa Rica based Wildlife Sanctuary. They aim to care for and rehabilitate all the animals of the rainforest.

As a day long volunteer you will be given an informative tour after which you will be guided in helping the sanctuary create enrichment for the animals.

Volunteers can sign up to be a long term volunteer for up to a month which will allow you to get much more involved and actually work with the animals.

Charitable Travel can help you plan your next trip to Costa Rica, and can tailor your stay to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers needed to help improve the lives of the animals in St. Vincent and The Grenadines.

Mayreau Animal Welfare are a charity that looks after neglected, mistreated and abandoned animals around the small island of Mayreau. They mainly look after dogs but they help all local animals including cats, goats and sheep.

Mayreau Animal Welfare are a Non-Profit organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of all neglected, mistreated and abandoned animals on the small island of Mayreau, St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

They are constantly looking for new volunteers that are fit, energetic, easy going, motivated and reliable. 

Mayreau Animal Welfare volunteers need to be people who will really love not only their own animals but also all the wild animals on the island.

Experience the beautiful islands of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, whilst donating your time to help animals in desperate need.

Click the link below to find out more. 

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to St. Vincent & The Grenadines, while allowing time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the research and rehabilitation of Turtles in Costa Rica with the Latin American Sea Turtles Project (LAST).

LAST, based in Costa Rica are looking for volunteers to help with several research projects, involving turtles and their habitats to inform future conservation efforts, as well as rehabilitating injured or ill turtles at their rehab centre in San José, Costa Rica.

LAST want to create a future where all inhabitants of the Costa Rican coast, human and sea turtle alike, can live together in balance; where healthy populations of sea turtles fulfil their ecological roles and economic potential; and critical natural habitats are sustainably managed. With close to thirty years’ experience working with Costa Rican sea turtles, LAST Staff are experts when it comes to sea turtle population management, community-based conservation, coastal management and volunteer assisted research.

Volunteers will need to pay a fee to cover lodging, meals, orientation, and training. Find out more about how you can get involved whilst enjoying a trip to Costa Rica via the link below.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Costa Rica and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers can, for a fee, support a local sustainability project, teaching the community and its visitors how to reduce the negative impact on our environment and work with nature, rather than against it.

This 4-week programme combines the chance to volunteer on a working farm with learning about the principles of organic farming and permaculture. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about new and exciting farming methods that are on their way to changing the world in terms of self-sustainable living and food production!

During the program, you will get some first-hand practical experience and knowledge of volunteering in the Ecuadorian countryside, close to the Pacific coast. Seeing the fruits of your labour after a good day’s work in the field is extremely gratifying.

Please note: In addition, there is a part-time permaculture course available.

Volunteer Tasks
Duties are split between the morning and afternoon. Typical morning projects focus on agriculture, sowing seeds, planting, weed, and pest control, fertilizing, composting, caring for the animals, and recycling organic and non-organic waste.

Typical afternoon projects focus on construction, administrative tasks, and work within the local community. Duties include carpentry or construction, mural painting, organization of information panels, maintenance of infrastructure, upkeep of paths and trails, production of foods such as marmalades, sauces, and kinds of vinegar, and communication, and social networking (Depending on your skills and interests).

Working Hours
You will work from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am – 12 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm. Wednesday afternoons are “cultural Afternoons” where you are welcome to join a great selection of cultural activities including chocolate making, hikes, shrimp fishing, clay face mask making, crafts with palm seeds and gourds, or just rest in one of the many hammocks and read a book!

A month at this Sustainable Living Project will cost 960 pounds, but it includes all meals, accommodation at the farm, transport to the project, a pre-arrival pack, and 24-hour support. Volunteers are welcome to extend their stay.

NGO Taxi is an organisation helping Latina American NGOs and grassroots organisations to reach their goals.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Ecuador and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers can, for a fee, help at an exotic animal rescue centre in the Amazon.

NGO Taxi is an organisation helping Latina American NGOs and grassroots organisations to reach their goals. One such NGO is an animal rescue centre in the Ecuadorian jungle that is looking for volunteers to help combat widespread illegal animal trafficking.

Illegal animal trafficking in Ecuador is far-reaching, the trade is the fourth most profitable illegal activity in the world. In 2014, the number of trafficked animals rescued by authorities was approximately 8,000. Most exotic animals are taken from their natural rainforest environment in order to be sold on the domestic or international market. Animals most at risk from trafficking are being sold as pets, including monkeys, parrots, different reptiles, and insects.

In recent years, several non-profit rescue centres have opened in Ecuador with the aim to rehabilitate, care for, and release back into the wild captured exotic animals. Although wildlife trafficking is now officially an illegal activity, the law can be hard to implement, especially in the outlying regions of the Amazon, therefore these important shelters are at the leading edge of the fight against illegal trafficking.

Volunteers at NGO Taxi can
– Work closely with vulnerable animals under the supervision of the centre.
– Learn about the process to rehabilitate different breeds of animals.
– Rehabilitate animals and teach them how to survive in their natural habitat.
– Inform both the local population and visitors on issues concerning illegal trafficking.
– Create a lasting relationship between the community and the environment.

Volunteers should stay at the project for at least 4 weeks, to ensure integration and a lasting impact. They can either stay at the project in shared rooms or in a jungle lodge nearby for an additional charge. Meals are included as well as 24-hour support during your volunteering placement.

This is an intense volunteer placement, you will be working with local people at the project 5 days a week. However, it will be a life-changing, authentic experience, as you will interact with amazing animal and plant species in the unique environment that is the Amazon rainforest, as well as immerse yourself in the local culture.

Examples of daily activities are:
– Preparation and distribution of the animals’ food on a daily basis.
– Assisting in constructing and/or maintaining cages when necessary.
– Occasionally helping with the medical treatment of animals.
– Observing & reporting on animals’ health and general welfare.
– Help to clean the general compound.
– Act as a guide for any visitors to the centre.
– Assisting with monitoring tasks by filing reports.
– Collecting daily food supplies, running errands, and other administrative tasks.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Ecuador and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

The Grenada Tourism Authority have a voluntourism programme covering projects from beach and reef clean-ups to medical assistance and farming.

Known for its aromatic spices and organic chocolate the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, is a year round destination with 40 white sandy beaches, 15 breath-taking waterfalls, and more than 30 unforgettable dive sites. As well as being the perfect travel spot, Grenada is giving you the opportunity to ensure your holiday has a positive impact. 

Click the link below to visit the GTA hub to find out more and learn how to get involved.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Grenada and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers can assist with beach clean-ups around the world.

Plastic Oceans are a small but mighty organization, and their volunteers really are the backbone of the global operation.

With active branches in the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile and now Europe (Barcelona), you can volunteer wherever you go.

Volunteers are advised to check Plastic Oceans’ website to check what opportunities are available in their area and to sign up through the volunteer form on their website.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, or Barcelona, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers can join monthly clean up dives.

Eco Dive is a full service 5-Star PADI 100% AWARE Scuba Diving & Freediving centre offering training in both English and French. Services include Scuba Diving trips and PADI training, snorkeling and freediving excursions, and watersports including kayaks, standup paddle boards and more.

Eco Dive are committed to providing fun, safe and professional activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural world.  Eco Dive take a lot of pride in Grenada’s natural marine beauty and are proud to participate in the 100% AWARE programme donating and actively participating in ocean protection.

Eco Dive is not just a dive shop but a Grenadian owned and operated dive shop making a difference. With three full time Marine Biologists on staff Eco Dive is continuously combining the teaching of diving with the evaluation, monitoring, protection and education of tropical reef and coastal ecosystems. With years of reef conservation and restoration experience such as coral nurseries and transplantation, the company is armed and ready to make your diving excursion more than just a dive, but an unforgettable learning pleasure.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Granada, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers must be 18+ and can participate in marine conservation projects in Carriacou, near Grenada

Caribbean Reef Buddy is an organisation dedicated to the development of knowledge relating to the complex marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. 

They are a non-profit organisation based on the island of Carriacou (near Grenada) in the Caribbean and runs for 5 months May to September.

The program is designed to provide volunteers with the complete training to take part in ongoing marine & coral reef conservation projects. No experience required. Must be 18 and over to participate.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Grenada, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers can join the research or education teams. or participate in events in Grenada.

In 2000, Ocean Spirits implemented a research study in the north east of Grenada with the aim of evaluating the current status of leatherback sea turtle nesting population.

While sporadic studies in previous years had identified nesting activity in Grenada, data collected by Ocean Spirits since 2000 has shown that the nesting site found at Levera beach alone is home to one of the top three populations of nesting leatherbacks in the region. Results from this initial study also revealed high levels of illegal egg poaching, which exceeded 90%. Ocean Spirits is actively tackling this issue and has considerably reduced this threat to 5% on the main index nesting beach, Levera Beach.

Opportunities:

1. Join the research team for a full night patrol monitoring leatherback sea turtles (nesting season is April – July and hatchling season is May-July)

2. Join the team for educational summer camp programs

3. Contact the Ocean Spirits team to find out what other events are occurring during your stay in Grenada (eg World Ocean Day celebrations, beach clean up events, community outreach days)

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Grenada, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Help protect turtles during nesting and hatching stages, as well as ensuring baby turtles successfully reach the sea.

Turtle populations are under threat from natural predation and human interference and your help is needed to ensure their survival. 

Join a non-profit marine research organisation working hard to protect turtle populations where they are in steep decline. You will become an important member of the team by protecting turtles during the crucial nesting and hatching stages, and even ensuring the baby turtles successfully reach the sea. Programmes take place across one week.

Costa Rica is the ultimate destination for glorious beaches and adventure activities, as well as volunteering with turtles. Join a project that gives you the chance to enjoy areas of unspoilt coastline whilst helping to protect the precious marine environment and its magnificent shelled inhabitants.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Costa Rica, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.