Eco-volunteering combines green tourism that allows you to immerse yourself in nature while supporting research, protection and conservation directly in the field. For example, it can involve aiding the employees of a national park or studying cetaceans with scientists. Eco-volunteering missions do not require any specific skills apart from being in good physical condition.
This is different from other conservation programs such as the European Voluntary Service and other recognized programs that recruit, require specific skills for admittance, are full-time, have a duration of several months to a few years, and are on a paid basis.
Difference between eco-volunteering and a tour?
By choosing to become a eco-volunteer, you decide to do solo traveling while acting for nature. You make the choice to be fully invested in your journey and enrich yourself.
Through this, you also give yourself the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds who share your common interests.
The cost of eco-volunteering funds several things. Portions of the cost go to:
- your accommodation and supervision during the trip ;
- the management costs of your trip: registration, support before and during your stay, as well as funding for the search of new quality volunteering programs; and finally,
- the rest of the sum is used by the organization you are eco-volunteering with to develop and sustain its conservation project.
The cost will be lower than the cost of a classic tour.