Wildlife conservation and community volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Volunteer for Climate Change

"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."

President Obama

At WorkingAbroad, we believe that volunteering to mitigate climate change is one of the most important activities we can do in our lifetime.

Climate change is considered one of the most severe threats to life on our planet. The social, environmental and economic costs of climate change are already significant and likely to increase over time. WorkingAbroad partners with projects worldwide that are working to slow down and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

As early as the 1800s, experiments began on how CO2 collected in the Earth’s atmosphere. Since then, datasets and technology have advanced to corroborate and reliably prove the theory of human-made global warming.

Today, while many countries have agreed to the Paris Climate Accord, most are nowhere near to achieving their climate goals. Governments and businesses are not moving fast enough to tackle the climate emergency, leaving society with a shared responsibility to collaborate for a safer environment.

WorkingAbroad helps facilitate community action against climate change by supporting place-based projects in regions where environmental protection and restoration are essential to slow global warming. Our workforce of volunteers acts to conserve and restore ecosystems important for CO2 storage and biodiversity, such as forests, wetlands and oceans.

We invite passionate individuals, families, schools and communities to join our volunteer workforce and tackle climate change with us—volunteer on one of our place-based projects to take action against climate change today.

Our founders vet each project partner to ensure they meet our rigorous standards of ethics, effectiveness and professionalism.

Our Projects with Climate Change

  • Reforestation Volunteer Project, Iceland

    • Duration 2 weeks
    • Prices from £575

    Volunteers are needed to help with ecological restoration and reforestation in the region of Úlfljótsvatn lake in the southwest of Iceland

  • Cloud Forest Conservation & Sustainability Volunteer Project, Ecuador

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £400

    Become an environmental volunteer in Ecuador to conserve a part of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest and get involved in reforestation, organic agriculture, sustainable living and building projects, and Capuchin Monkey research.

  • The Great African Seaforest Marine Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £600

    Join a team of passionate marine biologists and conservationists in the field and get hands-on experience working on marine research and conservation projects. Assist with scientific monitoring projects, citizen science initiatives and explore the kelp forests whilst on fish and shark surveys with the research team. Contribute to long term monitoring programmes of the great African sea forest.

  • Community Development Volunteer Project, Peru

    • Duration 2+ Weeks
    • Prices from £365

    Volunteer in Peru and experience the ancient city of Cusco and Sacred Valley, while assisting on various community development projects and learning Spanish.

  • Caribbean Reef Buddy Diving Project, Carriacou, West Indies

    • Duration 2 Weeks+
    • Prices from £1050

    Become a Caribbean Reef Buddy volunteer and join us on the beautiful island of Carriacou near Grenada. Try some Caribbean diving, learn to dive in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and play an active part in our exciting marine conservation projects.  Also an opportunity to kick-start your diving career with our Eco Divemaster programme!

  • California Conservation Volunteer Project

    • Duration 8 - 12 weeks
    • Prices from £1550

    An opportunity to volunteer all across National Parks and Nature Reserves throughout California, whilst gaining experience in ecological restoration and conservation work

  • Amazon Forest Rangers Volunteer Programme, Peru

    • Duration 1+ Weeks
    • Prices from £770

    Volunteer or intern in Peru and have the rare opportunity to work as a forest ranger, gaining experience in patrolling vulnerable areas and monitoring wildlife.

  • Blue Lagoon Coral Reef Project, Mauritius

    • Duration 1 week to 3 months
    • Prices from £595

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation volunteer and internship programme, which includes coral reef farming and restoration, lagoon monitoring and sea turtle research in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park.

  • Conservation Volunteering Project, Spain

    • Duration 2 Weeks+
    • Prices from £880

    Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and volunteer on a conservation project in the coastal cities of Valencia or Denia.

  • Kiwi Conservation Volunteer & Internship Project, New Zealand

    • Duration 2 Weeks+
    • Prices from £730

    Volunteer in New Zealand and help to preserve the native forest and kiwi birds of the Kauri Coast. Explore an undiscovered forest while learning about conservation and wilderness skills.

  • Amazon Research and Conservation Volunteer & Internship Project, Peru

    • Duration 2+ Weeks
    • Prices from £1127

    Volunteer or intern in Peru and have the rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from expert biologists and conservationists about the forest, tropical wildlife and conservation efforts in the deep Amazon rainforest.

  • Coral Reef Conservation & Diving Project, Thailand

    • Duration 2 - 12 Weeks
    • Prices from £995

    Join a marine and coral reef conservation project on Koh Phangan island in Thailand’s Samui archipelago. A great opportunity for students looking to gain diving and scientific research experience in a stunning tropical setting and kickstart a career in marine conservation.

  • Amazon Restoration Volunteer Programme, Peru

    • Duration 1+ Weeks
    • Prices from £675

    Volunteer in the Peruvian Amazon with a rainforest regeneration project. Plant a tree or a hundred and learn from our team of master Amazonian agroforesters.

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President Obama

"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."

President Obama
Climate Change Facts

Climate Change Facts

  • More than 1 million species are at risk of extinction by climate change.
  • The scientific evidence for human-made global warming has reached the “gold standard” – a statistical achievement signifying only a one-in-a-million chance that humans are not causing our planet to warm.
  • According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for the world to hit its Paris target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celcius, nations would have to slash their CO2 emissions to zero by 2050.
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has compounded the research released in the 2018 IPCC report, stating that 20 of the warmest years on record have occurred in the last 22 years.
Climate Change Mitigation

Climate Change Mitigation

To mitigate climate change, society must avoid and reduce emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures. We must:

  1. Transition from powering our world with fossil fuels to using clean, renewable energy – reduce greenhouse gas emissions and some types of air pollution and create economic development and jobs in manufacturing, installation, and more.
  2. Stop deforestation and restore our natural habitats – stabilise the climate, regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, play an integral role in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and supply goods and services that can drive sustainable growth.
Individual Climate Action

Individual Climate Action

David Suzuki says: “In a world of more than 7 billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.” Here are the five most effective ways you can help mitigate global warming:

  1. Speak up and lead by example – write to your local MP, sign petitions, participate in peaceful protests.
  2. Use energy wisely – use as little power as you can, unplug computers and other electronics when not in use, wash clothes in cold water and air dry them.
  3. Go renewable – choose a renewable energy supplier or install solar panels, and if you need a car, buy an electric vehicle rather than a petrol one.
  4. Eat a climate-friendly diet – eat more meat-free meals, buy organic and local, don’t waste food, and grow your own.
  5. Invest wisely – ensure your investment funds invest your money into responsible, ethical and renewable companies, and ask to divest from fossil fuel companies.
  6. Volunteer for climate change – see our climate change-focused programmes and apply today!

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