Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Oregon Nature Conservancy Programme, USA

Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects

Country: United States of America

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Oregon Nature Conservancy Programme, USA

In collaboration with the Nature Conservancy in Oregon, USA, volunteers have the opportunity to live and work in remote and beautiful northeastern Oregon on The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, the largest remaining fescue-dominated bunchgrass prairie in North America. Participate in various botany and wildlife research projects for the summer field season.

Work alongside botanists who are passionate about their work and gain real hands-on experience to further your botanical and ecological career. Join a team of people from all over the world and live in the most stunning remote wilderness location in Oregon and if you are lucky, you may even spot a bear, or coyote, or other mammals. An opportunity of a lifetime!

Other Projects by this Organisation

  • Environmental Volunteering on a Traditional Farming Project, Nepal

    Live alongside a family and help them work in the nearby rice fields. Placements are available in several locations including the Terai of Chitwan in southern Nepal, and the foothills of the Himalayas near Gerkhu. By becoming a part of the family you will truly experience the real life of Nepal and its people. Volunteer for between 2 and 16 weeks.

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  • Whale and Dolphin Volunteer Conservation, Hebrides

    Sail the Hebridean Sea in Scotland aboard research vessel Silurian and assist with dolphin and whale monitoring activities. Volunteers will collect visual and acoustic data on the various species of cetacean found in the area.

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  • Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Grenada

    Volunteer in the Caribbean as a Research Assistant and take part in leatherback sea turtle monitoring, research, and community outreach programmes on the island of Grenada.

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  • Volunteer at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary in South Africa

    Volunteer at the Jane Goodall chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. A chance to experience these amazing endangered species up close and contribute to chimp rescue and conservation efforts.

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  • Coastal and Marine Conservation Volunteer, Spain

    Volunteers can discover the unique flora and fauna of the Montgo Natural Park with more than 650 different plant species; the Marine Reserve of Cape San Antonio, corals, Posidonia oceanica meadows and a wide range of wildlife. It’s also a unique place to see whales and dolphins from springtime to autumn (if you are very lucky!). Coastal & marine conservation volunteers will also experience the Pego Wetland Natural Park, where volunteers will find a great diversity of birds and endemic vegetation in one of the most amazing places in Spain.

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  • Volunteer in Brazil

    Go beyond the ordinary and experience Brazil from a whole different side and gain a perspective from the community through intercultural exchange.

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  • Amazon Medicinal Plant Research Volunteer & Internship Project, Peru

    Volunteer or intern in Peru to work alongside expert biologists and local communities teaching about medicinal plants of the Amazon rainforest, conservation efforts and eco-tourism development.

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  • Seychelles Island Conservation Volunteer Programme

    Volunteer in the Seychelles and be part of important Conservation efforts on Cousin Island

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  • Conservation Volunteers in New Zealand

    Volunteer on a range of conservation projects and help to protect, preserve and restore New Zealand’s environment.

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  • Elephant & Bear Volunteer Project, India

    Volunteer to help conserve elephants and bears at an ethical wildlife rescue and conservation centre in India. Contribute to animal welfare and learn about the issues facing wildlife protection in India.

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  • California Conservation Volunteer Project

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

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  • Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

    Join this project as a wildlife conservation, carnivore conservation or medical volunteer

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  • Coral Reef Conservation Volunteer Project, Cuba

    Volunteer in Cuba to help with important Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration efforts on the Isle of Youth

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  • Elephant Volunteer Project, Thailand

    Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary and home for old elephants in Mae Chaem, situated in the lush countryside of Northern Thailand. Help to give elephants a chance to live free.

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  • Wildlife Rescue Volunteering, Learning Spanish, Yoga & Surfing in Costa Rica

    Opportunities for volunteers to work with animals and help improve the rescue centre, whilst also having the opportunity to learn Spanish, and take yoga and surf lessons.

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  • Nature’s Valley Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Gain hands on Conservation, Education and Ecological Research experience in South Africa and help protect Nature’s Valley.

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  • Lagoon Monitoring Intern, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation programme. Become the Lagoon Monitoring Project Coordinator/Assistant and be responsible for the lagoon monitoring program in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park. Interns can join the project all year round for 2 to 5 months.

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  • Volunteer Coordination Intern, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation programme. Become the volunteer coordinator and be responsible for the coordination of all volunteers helping in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park. Interns can join the project all year round for 2 to 5 months.

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  • Pacific Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

    Join this Olive Ridley sea turtle volunteer programme in the spectacular Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica on Drake Bay, home to over 25 dolphin and whale species and the Olive Ridley Turtle.

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  • Coral Reef Conservation & Diving Project, Thailand

    Join a marine and coral reef conservation project on Koh Phangan island in Thailand’s Samui archipelago.

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  • Environmental Community Conservation Volunteer Project, Peru

    Help communities conserve their local environments in the Cusco region of Peru by supporting planting and reforestation projects. At this project, volunteers assist families in different communities located outside of the city of Cusco. The focus is environmental conservation through tree planting in different districts of the Cusco region. The project will provide support to the farmers, who develop their own planting and reforestation projects. In the field, the team of coordinators and peasant experts will support and guide the volunteer.

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  • Human Activity Monitoring Intern, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation programme. Become the Human Activity Monitoring Intern and be responsible for all tracking and recording illegal fishing activity in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park, while also getting the chance to be involved in a variety of other projects on site. Interns can join the project for between 2 and 5 months throughout the year.

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  • Giant Tortoise Conservation Volunteer, Galapagos

    As a Galapagos Tortoise conservation volunteer, you will work with the Galapagos National Park as a member of the staff at the Tortoise Breeding Center. Volunteer tasks will include; Feeding and caring for the tortoises, as well as maintaining their enclosure, Assisting the zookeepers and Working directly with the public to educate tourists by informing them of the rules and regulations designed to keep the tortoises safe and the habitats intact.

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  • Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project, Sri Lanka

    This project is an opportunity to volunteer or intern with wild elephant conservation and carnivore research in Sri Lanka. Volunteers and interns alike support the human-wildlife conflict mitigation efforts of the conservation project to secure the future protection of the elephant population, carnivore species and the livelihoods of local farmers.

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  • Caribbean Reef Buddy Diving Project, Carriacou

    Become a Caribbean Reef Buddy volunteer and join us on the beautiful island of Carriacou near Grenada. Learn to dive in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and play a full and active part in exciting marine conservation projects.

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  • Limpopo Lipadi Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, Botswana

    Take part in tracking African wild dogs, monitoring lions, leopards, elephants and other important species in a beautiful 20,000 hectare game reserve in Botswana.

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  • Dog Shelter Volunteer Project, Peru

    Volunteer at the dog shelter in Cusco, Peru and be part of the effort to save, rehabilitate and rehome as many local stray dogs as possible. The project has already helped rescue and rehome over 3000 dogs but needs volunteers to continue helping as many strays as possible. Volunteers can join the project for 2 weeks up to 6 months and have the option of staying with a home-stay family or in shared apartments. Volunteers can look forward to tasks such as; improving the shelter itself, going out on the streets to rescue sick/pregnant street dogs, going to the veterinarian and even assisting in medical campaigns in the communities around Cusco and helping to educate people about how to treat their pets

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  • Galena Creek Visitor Center Internship, Nevada

    Internship positions available to assist with environmental education on the forest and urban interface between Reno, Nevada and the Sierra Nevada mountains, with special emphasis on the unique ecology of Galena Creek Park

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  • Bear Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

    Volunteer in Cambodia at a bear sanctuary inside a large wildlife rescue centre near Phnom Penh.

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  • Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

    Volunteer with dolphin, seal and whale research in South Africa. Take part in marine conservation, penguin rescue and educational projects along the South African coast.

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  • Dolphin Research Project, Greece

    Become a marine conservation volunteer and participate in dolphin research in the Ionian Sea, helping to provide a marine environment that provides long term viability for dolphin species.

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  • Desert Elephants Volunteer Programme, Namibia

    This programme is about tracking deserts elephants in the African wilderness and taking part in community development building work, whilst living in the outdoors, cooking over campfires and sleeping out under the stars at night time in the stunning Damaraland region of the Namib Desert.

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  • Conservation Volunteer Project, Spain

    This project offers volunteers who enjoy the outdoors the chance to take part in projects undertaken in the Valencia region aimed at the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems from degradation, the improvement of water resources, the prevention of forest fires, the reforestation of the land with native species and the conservation of natural habitats and species in danger of extinction.

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  • Bottlenose Dolphin Research Volunteer Project, Croatia

    The Bottlenose Dolphin Volunteer Project is a long-term study on the ecology and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the area surrounding Cres and Lošinj islands, in Croatia.

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  • Inca Archaeology Volunteer project in Huyro, Peru

    Join the Inca Archaeology project and help uncover the secrets of historical sites around the famous Machu Picchu! At the Inca Archaeology project, volunteers will assist with work in the centre of Huyro, district of Huayopata, which belongs to the buffer zone of the archaeological park of Machu Picchu. Here archaeological remains are still being investigated, and volunteers support the excavations in the area, help with the cleaning and conservation of parks, and assist in the enhancement of the parks in the area.

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  • Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Project, Greece

    Volunteer to protect endangered sea turtles in Greece while getting hands-on field research experience, meeting new people and exploring the Kefalonian coast.

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  • Rural Health Camp Volunteer, Nepal

    Medical volunteers are needed to help to provide basic first aid & medical education to the population, to record healthcare data and identify any issues which may be specific to the area, do basic testing (e.g. blood pressure, blood glucose, hearing) and so on, at medical camps run in rural Nepal. It’s very challenging work, but an effective way of providing healthcare to remote areas. The project runs on set camp dates throughout the year.

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  • Amazon Photography Internship Programme, Peru

    Join as an intern to learn and enhance your photography skills working with a wildlife photographer, while contributing to research and conservation efforts in the Amazon rainforest.

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  • Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer Project, Galapagos

    Volunteers will learn local techniques for sustainable tropical agriculture and will help to create food sovereignty, lower the carbon footprint of island life, lower waste from shipping materials, lowers cost to local consumers, increase local income, and increase the nutritional content of the food available in Isabela, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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  • Maldives Island Volunteer Project

    Volunteers are needed to join various projects within the beautiful tropical island of Naifaru, the capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll, in the Maldives.

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  • Cape Fear River Watch Internship, USA

    An internship opportunity for environmental science students to work towards protecting and improving the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, through environmental education, advocacy and action.

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  • Watamu Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Kenya

    An opportunity to take part in sea turtle conservation involving research and monitoring, working at a turtle rehabilitation centre and protecting nesting sites along the Watamu Coastline.

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  • Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research Programme, South Africa

    Join a team of scientists in Cape Town and gain experience in researching whale and dolphin species including humpback whales, humpback dolphins and occasionally killer whales.

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  • Oregon Nature Conservancy Programme, USA

    Opportunity for Ecology and Botany students to work closely with conservation professionals in the Zumwalt Prairie in North Eastern Oregon in the USA.

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  • Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring Volunteer, Galapagos

    Join a dynamic team of volunteers and local staff while giving back to the community in the Galapagos Islands. As a sea turtle nest monitoring volunteer, you will assist the Galapagos National Park staff by taking critically important nesting baseline data. This will include identifying species (hawksbill or green), determining nesting patterns and monitoring nest sizes.

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  • Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Programme in Indonesia

    Volunteer in Indonesia with rescued wildlife such as Orangutans at a Wildlife Rescue Centre in North Sulawesi. The centre is located in a regional wildlife trafficking hotspot, and animals from all over the vast Indonesian archipelago have suffered this trade route.

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  • Amazon Research and Conservation Volunteer & Internship Programme, Peru

    Volunteer and Internship Opportunities to work in some of the most remote, fascinating and largely unspoiled parts of the Amazon rainforest in Peru.

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  • Reforestation Volunteer Project, Peru

    Volunteer on the reforestation project in Cusco, Peru and be part of the efforts to bring the forests back to the Peruvian hillsides. To help achieve this goal volunteers will take part in tasks such as; collecting and planting wild plants in the area, research and revaluation of wild plants of the Cusco region, planting and maintenance of tree seeds, taking care of and cleaning the tree nursery, and tree planting in the mountains of the San Sebastián district. Participants will also choose whether to stay in a home-stay or in shared apartments, whilst they also have the opportunity to take Spanish lessons.

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  • Elephant Volunteer Project, Laos

    Volunteer with elephants at a sanctuary in Laos. Experience elephants in an ethical way in a beautiful forest setting, where elephants are able to live freely.

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  • Statia Conservation Volunteer Project, St. Eustatius, Caribbean

    Work in the stunning island of St. Eustatius, in the Dutch Antilles, overlooking St. Kitts in the Caribbean Sea. You can take part in trail building in the Quill and Boven National Parks, maintaining the Botanical Garden, helping with night turtle patrols during nesting season and Environmental Education.

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  • Coral Farming Intern, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation programme. Become the Coral Farming Intern and be responsible for all aspects of the coral farming program in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park, while also getting the chance to be involved in a variety of other projects on site. Interns can join the project for between 2 and 5 months throughout the year.

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  • Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Join an award-winning conservation team in a Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa, boasting a huge variety of game over a vast 25,000 hectares.

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  • White Wilderness - Carpathian Wolf Watch Volunteer Project

    Follow the tracks of Wolves and Lynx in the beautiful Tatra mountains in Slovakia. Learn about the art of tracking, reading signs in nature and also about the plight of the mythic wolf.

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  • Dolphin & Whale Research Volunteer Project, Portugal

    Volunteer in Portugal and support Dolphin & Whale Conservation and Research whilst exploring the Algarve coastline.

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  • Cloud Forest Conservation & Sustainability Volunteer Project, Ecuador

    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.

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  • Kiwi Conservation Volunteer Project, New Zealand

    Volunteer to work to preserve the native forest and birds on the Kauri Coast, New Zealand and get to explore an undiscovered forest while learning about conservation and wilderness skills.

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  • Big Cat Sanctuary Volunteer Project, South Africa

    Volunteer at an ethical big cat Sanctuary in South Africa. Contribute towards animal welfare whilst learning about the conditions big cats face in captivity and helping to raise awareness of wildlife conservation in South Africa.

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  • Reforestation Volunteer Project, Iceland

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

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  • Kariega Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Become a Wildlife Conservation Volunteer in a Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa, and get involved in elephant, rhino and lion monitoring programmes.

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  • Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

    An opportunity to volunteer with elephants at an Elephant Sanctuary in the forests of Mondulkiri, located in remote Eastern Cambodia.

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  • Join a Dolphin Research Internship on the Namibian Coast

    Join a team of dedicated scientists on our Dolphin Research Project in Namibia and enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to marine research in a beautiful and remote environment.

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  • Wildlife Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Volunteer at a wildlife reserve in South Africa. A true bush experience which gives volunteers a chance to live amongst and help to protect a range of amazing wildlife species.

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  • Blue Lagoon Coral Reef Project, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation volunteer programme, which includes coral reef farming and restoration, lagoon monitoring and sea turtle research in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park. Short-term volunteers can join the project all year round for 2 weeks up to 3 months.

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  • Dolphin & Whale Conservation Volunteer Programme, Italy

    The research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped and bottlenose dolphins.

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  • Hospital Volunteering, Nepal

    Volunteer in either a children’s hospital or busy government-run hospital in Nepal and gain experience by shadowing qualified doctors for 2 to 16 weeks. Volunteers can choose which area of their hospital they would like to join with Oncology, Cardio, ICU, Radiology, Surgery, Physiotherapy and Neurology some of the options to choose from.

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  • Turtle Monitoring Intern, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation programme. Become the Turtle Monitoring Intern and be responsible for all aspects of the Turtle Monitoring program in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park, while also getting the chance to be involved in a variety of other projects on site. Interns can join the project for between 2 and 5 months throughout the year.

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  • Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Project, Indonesia

    Join the Borneo Orangutan Conservation project in Indonesia as a volunteer, and assist a project in the forefront of wildlife conservation.

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  • Ecotourism Volunteer Project, Galapagos

    As an ecotourism volunteer in the communications department at the Galapagos National Park you will gather information that will help the national park staff make important ecotourism decisions. This will include running satisfaction questionnaires at visitor sites, generating statistical data and creating databases based on the surveys you administer.

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  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Programme, Costa Rica

    Help to conserve and protect the populations of vulnerable Olive Ridleys. The project takes place in the spectacular Pacific coast of the Nicoya Province on the beach where Olive Ridley turtles come up in thousands at a time for this phenomenon of nature called "arribadas".

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  • Playa Tortuga Conservation Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

    Volunteer in Costa Rica and live and work in a biological research station and take part in sea turtle, butterfly, caiman, crocodile, tree boa and mammal research and environmental education.

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