10 Amazing Volunteer Vacations Where You Can Help Animals
Not sure where to go for your next vacation? Why not combine a visit to an exotic locale with helping needy animals? There are plenty of great volunteer programs throughout the world to help feed, protect or provide medical care to animals or to assist with scientific projects related to tracking migration patterns or counting diminishing populations.
Here is just 2 of them :-)
1. Conserve Shark Populations in Belize
The Earthwatch Institute offers dozens of fascinating expeditions that not only provide volunteers with a once in a lifetime travel experience, but also allow them to participate in ongoing long-term projects that have significant positive impact on the planet’s endangered animal life. In the Shark Conservation project, volunteers work side by side with scientists on research boats counting sharks, catching and tagging various shark species and positioning underwater cameras to get a better look at shark life. On land, volunteers gather information about local and tourist attitudes toward shark fishing.
2. Preserve Loggerhead Turtle Nesting Areas in Greece
Global Vision International, an organization dedicated to supporting international charities through volunteer programs, internships and raising funds, sponsors numerous opportunities for travelers to help stop the decimation of endangered animals. The Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program, located in the turtle nesting area of Lakonikos Bay in the Mediterranean Sea, asks volunteers to record the nesting activity of loggerhead turtles, protect the turtles’ nests and provide information on the importance of maintaining the turtle population to both locals and visiting tourists. The project is located near the charming fishing town of Gythio, in the southern Peloponnese.
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