Take your passion for nature and get actively involved in protecting the environment on an ecotourism holiday with Projects Abroad. Each of our programmes work towards solving a particular problem in a specific place. This might be to save sea turtles from being wiped out in Mexico, or replanting trees destroyed by loggers in the Amazon Rainforest.
With us, it’s not just a holiday. It's an opportunity to become part of ongoing efforts to support long-term, positive change in endangered environments. And in the process, you’ll discover what you’re capable of, and the difference you can make for the environment and people’s lives.
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Is an ecotourism holiday right for me?
On an ecotourism holiday, you’ll commit to a form of travel that benefits local people and the environment. You’ll be able to experience nature and all it has to offer directly, without harming it. It’s the easiest way to learn how our precious eco-systems work.
You’ll learn more about the natural environment in a way that’s only possible as a volunteer. For example, you can travel to the Galapagos Islands and learn about the unique wildlife and plant species by working with them directly. It’s impossible to do this as a tourist, as we’re the only organisation permitted to work within the Galapagos National Park. You’ll become part of ongoing efforts to protect the Galapagos, before we lose the indigenous species forever. Ecotourism is also a source of sustainable economic growth for many countries. In countries like Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico, tourism is a major boost for the economy and provides jobs for local people.
Eco holidays aren’t just about protecting and preserving wildlife and environments. It’s also about sustaining communities. It helps:
- Promote and preserve traditions
- Support locally produced food and goods
- Give insight, as people learn more about each other and the dangers of stereotyping
Our projects are appropriate for anyone aged 16 years and older, with certain projects even specifically designed for the various age groups. From high school and university students to career breakers and retirees, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. We also organise customised trips for groups and families who are looking to volunteer abroad together.
What can I do?
Here are some of our favourite eco holidays:
- Do scientific shark research and shark conservation when you go diving in Fiji
- Protect endangered sea turtles along the beaches of Mexico
- Assist with wildlife research and animal rehabilitation in the Amazon rainforests of Peru
- Help conserve elephants, study biodiversity, and maintain our reserve in the Botswana bushveld
- Protect the Rothschild Giraffe in the Kenyan savannah
- Live with a Mongolian nomad family
- Learn about the Khmer culture in Cambodia
Minimising the human impact on local ecosystems is possible through a variety of volunteer activities. And in the process, you’ll get to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world and leave behind a positive footprint!
When can I get involved with an ecotourism holiday?
In every country we work in, we have dedicated staff supporting and working alongside our passionate volunteers 24/7. Our projects run year-round, no matter how many volunteers we have. That means you can choose your own start and end dates. Even if you're only able to join us for a short time, we've planned our projects so that you'll still be part of something that's making long-term, meaningful change. It’s not a quick fix.
Most of our projects have a minimum duration of two weeks, but you can volunteer for as long as you like. Our volunteers usually take the weather in their chosen country into consideration when choosing what time of year to participate. Another consideration is school holidays and leave from work. Summer is our busiest and most popular time of year to get involved but people also sign up for the Christmas holidays too.