More than 3 Months

Tibetan Teaching, India

An opportunity to volunteer to teach English as a foreign language and Computers to Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, Northern India, the centre of the Tibetan exile government and the residence of H.H. Dalai Lama.

You can join for 3 to 6 months periods and we have places available from June onwards. 

English TEFL & computer teachers all welcome.

Cost for food (3 meals a day), lodging in school and project support is £135 for any duration.

Tibetans, who grow up in the rural areas of Tibet, often have no possibility to attend school. They live too far away from schools or fees for the Chinese state schools are so high that Tibetan families very often cannot afford it.  To avoid the sad fate of an uneducated person, every year more than 4000 young Tibetans (aged 18 to 30) cross the Himalayas to reach India on foot. They risk their lives crossing these mountains, often more than 9000 feet high.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2574
  • duration:
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Dharamsala
    United States
    US
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Delhi (DEL)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Teach Overseas
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Dolphin & Whale Research, South Africa

Become a marine conservation volunteer and work on dolphin and whale research projects, helping to understand more about these magnificent species. Marine conservation volunteers will also have the opportunity to assist with community education projects on the South African coastline and aid with maintaining the high coastline quality. Opportunities also exist to volunteer with sea turtle and penguin rescue and monitor river health.  Long term marine research internship placements also available.

You can volunteer in South Africa for between 1 week and 10 months, and we have places available throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students are all welcome.

Cost for food, accommodation, equipment, programme materials and training starts from £480.

Run by ORCA, otherwise known as the Ocean Research Conservation Africa (ORCA) Marine Foundation, this project allows marine conservation volunteers and research interns to work on dolphin and whale research projects, in addition to working alongside the community in education programmes.

Plettenberg Bay (lovingly referred to as “Plett” by locals), on the world famous Garden Route, is home to some of the world’s most fascinating marine species, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Bryde's Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, CommonDolphins, Orca or Killer Whales, and Great White Sharks, to name but a few.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2571
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Plettenberg Bay
    South Africa
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    George, South Africa (GRJ)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef Monitoring Volunteer & Internship Programme, Mauritius

Become a marine conservation volunteer on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoringvolunteer programme.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to carry out lagoon monitoring (coral reef and fish), beach cleaning, mangrove planting and monitoring and also working in local community projects on various environmental volunteer projects.  Long term internship management positions available for 6 month durations.

You can volunteer and intern in Mauritius for between 1 week and 6 months in duration, and we have places available throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students are all welcome.

Marine conservation volunteers and long term interns will work alongside a Mauritian Non Governmental Organisation whose objectives are to preserve the natural resources from the threat of pollution and destruction due to inconsiderate development and lack of awareness on the island of Mauritius.  The Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef Monitoring programme focuses on the protection, preservation and restoration of the marine and coastal environment for the region of Blue Bay and Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2560
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Mahebourg
    Mauritius
    MU
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Mauritius (MRU)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Empowering Women in Peru

Our program partner in Peru urgently needs volunteers for it programs in Cusco, and surrounding regions. Working closely with our local partner, we offer the chance to interact (conversationally), work with children in orphanages and undertake medical placements, as well as a number of other programs. Your efforts as a volunteer will drastically improve the lives of people in the local communities.

As a volunteer in Peru, you can be sure that your skills and expertise are sorely needed. And the satisfaction and fulfilment that this can give a volunteer is not something that one often gets from a job or internship. Plus as a volunteer traveler, you will get a chance to interact with others on this project, and with the local community that your are immersed in on a day-to-day basis. You will be meeting people whose experiences of life may challenge your assumptions and values. You will meet people who are curious about you, and you will be learning all the time about this wonderful country, its people and its language.

Through volunteering in Peru you can gain insight into this fascinating South American country. And the flexibility of duration that our volunteer programs offer means that you can sign yourself up for as little as a two-week stay, or upwards of a six-month commitment.

Placements in Peru can commence on any day of the year and volunteers in can participate from as little as two weeks. There is no cap on the length of time one can stay. Costs vary by time in-destination, and cover registration fees, accommodation, food, orientation, transport, and in-country support staff throughout the duration of your volunteer placement. A small amount is also set aside for future program development. When you consider the costs you might incur at a hotel or eating at restaurants, the costs are minimal.Local partners are grassroot organisations, and in most cases are solely funded by volunteer fees. For them to be able to continue the amazing work they do, volunteer fees and donations are essential.

NOTE: Volunteers in Peru must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). All placements require a modest/intermediate level of conversational Spanish. However, if volunteers don't know Spanish they can spend the first 2 weeks taking Spanish lessons before they begin their volunteer placement. We recommend a very affordable Spanish course offered by the same local project partner, which can be arranged simultaneously with your placement team. The Women's Empowerment program has a minimum duration of 4 weeks.
 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2557
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Cusco
    Peru
    13° 31' 9.3432" S, 71° 56' 17.196" W
    PE
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cusco (CUZ)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Women's & Youth Programs
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A Primate Saving Photo Initiative

Photographers are needed to help document all the monkeys at this monkey sanctuary just outside Plettenburg Bay in South Africa. The sanctuary is open to the public and the monkeys in the sanctuary roam freely as they would in the wild. The aim of the project is that visitors leave with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

One of the main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping primates and birds as pets, in terms of both physical and psychological health. Also important is to teach visitors about the rapid decline of natural habitats due to logging, mining, agriculture and human settlements.

Visitors are also encouraged to buy goods wisely, ranging from second-hand or antique wood-products, to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that were not tested on animals.

Around 450 apes, monkeys and lemurs live at the sanctuary, including gibbons, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, miniature monkeys, vervets, saki monkeys, howler monkeys, two species of langurs and three species of lemur.

Expect costs in/around $1600 for a 12 week commitment ($20/day). Will fluctuate with currency exchange rates.

Costs cover single or shared room (depending on availability) in a volunteer house on-site, airport transfers from George Airport, pre-departure information pack and onsite orientation provided, 24-hour emergency support, and fundraising tips & tools.
 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2547
  • duration:
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Plettenburg Bay
    South Africa
    33° 59' 51.9432" S, 23° 20' 43.764" E
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    George, South Africa (GRJ)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Animal Welfare in Fiji

You'll work closely with a local animal welfare charity, and will be involved in the day-to-day running of a large urban animal welfare centre. Your activities will vary, and will range from cleaning animal cages, caring for stray and abandoned cats and dogs, helping to re-home pets or educating local communities about the importance of animal welfare. Your level of involvement will of course depend on your skills, practical work experience and academic qualifications.

The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences – see multicoloured Hindu temples perched next to relics of the traditional indigenous spirit houses with their lingering sense of an ancient magic.

Its irresistible shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an astonishing array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clown fish, trigger fish, blue tangs, 12 species of whales and dolphin, anemones, soft coral and much more.

Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and balmy exotic nights – try a Fijian beach party for whirling fire dancers, traditional dancing and delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle and its heavenly beaches – the perfect paradise location for your adventure!

Fees help cover the follow:

- Pre-departure support
- Airport pick-up (subject to your project start date)
- Food (two meals per day)
- Local homestay accommodation (hostel upgrade is available at a modest cost)
- Local orientation and Project briefing
- In-country emergency support
- 24-hour international HQ back-up
- Airport pickup subject to start date (In-country transfers subject to start date)

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2546
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Suva
    Fiji
    18° 7' 53.0724" S, 178° 27' 6.6348" E
    FJ
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Nadi (NAN)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Marine Conservation Internship in Tanzania

The vivid, multi-hued coral reefs support a dazzling array of tropical reef fish and provide rich feeding grounds for turtles, rays and other marine creatures, whilst the deep blue offshore waters support sharks, dolphins and whale sharks, as well as vast shoals of cruising pelagics.

Dive and snorkel to explore this pristine seascape and you'll discover and chart extensive areas of undamaged coral, find healthy populations of multicoloured fish, see turtles and marine mammals, and learn to recognise a huge diversity of inter-tidal animals from tiny hermit crabs to pastel-hued anemones.

On shore apart from relaxing on the island's perfect, undeveloped beaches, you may have the chance to work in the lush mangrove forests, unique ecosystems which straddle water and land. You'll learn about the activities of the traditional fishermen as well as discovering and reporting which marine organisms are being sustainably harvested and which are being dangerously depleted.

The work you carry out will be rewarding and exciting, and hugely beneficial to Marine Park's conservation efforts, as well as being amazing fun!
At the end of the day you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped to save this precious marine wilderness, protecting it for future generations.

Highlights:
Dive and snorkel to locate & map coral reefs
; Dive and snorkel to study the various coral reef communities
; Discover & record living organisms; 
Dive and snorkel to do underwater visual census of reef & commercial fish
; Assess algal & coral reef cover to determine the extent of coral bleaching & damage; Line intercept transects for benthic life & indicator invertebrate species; 
Record observations of the feeding habits & behaviour patterns of a range of marine life; Study the impact of dynamite fishing on the corals reefs; 
Report the effects of global warming on marine communities; 
Observe the impact of the marine-curio trade on endangered marine invertebrates

Addtional Notes:
CV/Resume required; 
Minimum 2 month placement; 
Relevant academic qualifications to at least degree level
; Some experience of coastal zone or marine field work; 
Diving (you may be able to get diving certification prior to your internship).

Includes meals, accommodation, training, 24/7 emergency support and fundraising support

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2544
  • duration:
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Mafia Island
    Tanzania
    7° 57' 56.9808" S, 39° 44' 21.768" E
    TZ
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Dar Es Salaam (DAR)
  • Costs From:
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Ocean Research and Marine Conservation Volunteer, South Africa

Work on dolphin and whale research projects and become a marine conservation volunteer on the beautiful coast of South Africa. Based in Plettenberg Bay, the aim of this project is to change the way people think and behave in their lives, to lead a more sustainable co-existence with the natural world. The long term goal is to establish a marine park.

Our volunteers have the chance to assist with this goal by working on a variety of projects including:

  • Marine eco-tourism
  • Monitoring & Cleaning Campaigns
  • Conservation Education Initiatives
  • Collection and Rehabilitation of Turtles and Penguins
  • Supervised Collection of Aquarium Species
  • Fin Profiling & Spatial Distribution Programs

 

Volunteers on this program have the chance to learn invaluable skills which can be taken away and used on other conservation initiatives. They will be learning these skills in one of the most serene and breathtaking outdoor classrooms in South Africa surrounded by the grace and might of whales and the exuberance of dolphins. There is also a chance for volunteers staying longer than four weeks to complete the marine guiding program. 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2538
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Plettenberg Bay
    South Africa
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    George, South Africa (GRJ)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Tibetan Teaching Volunteer Project

This is an amazing opportunity to teach English as a foreign language or computer skills to Tibetan refugess. 

The programme is designed to give young Tibetan adults a chance at further education in order to improve their employment chances once they are back in Tibet. Tibetans who grow up in rural Tibet often have no chance at an education, therefore every year more than 4000 young Tibetans make the perilous journey across the Himalayas to reach India. The Tibetan Exile Government in Dharamsala as already established educational support where newly arrived refugees are educated for five years. The programme volunteers will be working seeks to compliment this. 

Every two years the school carefully chooses about 20 new students via an elaborate selection procedure. They then go on to be further educated for two years in English, Computer Skills and Chinese as these subjects are key for professional success once the students are back in Tibet.

 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2527
  • duration:
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Dharamsala
    India
    IN
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Delhi (DEL)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
  • Program Type:
    Teach Overseas
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6 month Elephant Internship in Thailand

Spend 6 months in the lush mountainous region of Northern Thailand around Chiang Mai, and contribute to conserving the Asian elephant by living and working with traditional elephant-keeping communities.

The population of Asian elephants and their habitat is rapidly declining. With less than 1,000 left in the wild in Thailand and around 3,000 in captivity, this is one of very few viable alternatives to the unshakable reality of their domesticated future within tourist camps.

The focus of the internship is on ensuring that these captive elephants are successfully reintroduced into protected forest. Your contribution will help the conservation of this beautiful animal species, by providing the funding and hands-on support needed to keep this project going. The overall goal of the project is to have semi-wild herds of elephants living in their natural habitat, supervised by their mahouts.

This internship consists of 3 aspects – community (teaching), plant biodiversity (with an emphasis on elephant foraging) and elephants. Each of these projects are run independently, but are integrated and highly relevant to each other. The community project consists of teaching English within the community and to the elephant keepers (mahouts), as well as following a program that supports community efforts to reduce their financial dependence on their elephants.

The plant biodiversity project involves researching elephant foraging habits and working towards formulating a foraging guide based on the observations made on our elephants.

Other biodiversity projects may include surveying biodiversity in the forests around the village, heading up night hikes to look for gibbons, porcupines, and other nocturnal animals, and identifying unique birds and insects. The elephant project consists of leading elephant health checks, studying the behaviour of our herd, and educating other volunteers about Asian elephants.

While each project has many established aspects, interns are encouraged to develop their own ideas and introduce new aspects to these projects.

Although you will be able to enjoy hiking with the elephants 5 days of the week, the rotation of the internship means your responsibilities will shift during the course of your stay.

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for affiliated partner organisations in Thailand or around the world. Field work positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2515
  • duration:
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Chiang Mai
    Thailand
    18° 48' 40.7916" N, 98° 55' 34.68" E
    TH
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Chiang Mai (CNX)
  • Costs From:
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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