Eco-Voluntourism – Taking Vacations A Step Further!

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August 31, 2014
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Hey Guys, Robbie here! I saw this on theenvironmentalblog.org and couldn’t help thinking this would actually be an amazing couples vacation idea. I mean think of it, you meet lots of cool people, have a crazy adventure, and feel great about it. If only it had a catchier title then eco-voluntourism!

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Have you ever tried caring for captive endangered cheetahs in Namibia? Studying climate change’s effect on the Arctic tundra? How about guiding newly hatched sea turtles towards the ocean? Welcome to eco-voluntourism, where regular tourists can be volunteers for nature and have a great time, too.

EcoVoluntours defines eco-voluntourism as volunteer vacations taken a step further. Whereas volunteer vacations focus on creating genuine, personal cultural exchanges between a tourist and his destination, eco-voluntourism seeks to minimize tourists’ environmental impact while on tour. Additionally, and perhaps most important of all, eco-voluntourism gives tourists the chance to positively contribute to the environment and to their local destination as well.

There are eco-voluntourism tours available for adult and teen volunteers, as well as for families. Some are short term tours while others extend to month-long volunteer work. What’s for sure is that no one eco voluntourism tour is like anther. In some tours, tourists can help out in building green homes and solar power projects. In others, they take part in real field and research expeditions to bring critical information that may help governments and the public in managing conservation areas. Earthwatch provides such research expeditions related to wildlife and ecosystems, climate change, ocean health, and archaeology. Whether you’re a true science buff or just looking to relax with the wildlife, there’s an eco-voluntourism tour for you.

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If you’re ready to give eco-voluntourism a try, check out the following primer eco-voluntours:

Tiger and Lion Park in South Africa – Volunteers learn about big cats conservation and general maintenance of the Tiger and Lion park. Volunteers also participate in hands-on care of tigers and lions.

Study Climate Change Effects on the Arctic Tundra – Volunteers travel with researchers to measure evidence of global warming near Canada’s Churchill River, dubbed by Earthwatch as the Edge of the Arctic. Volunteers will also monitor plant development and travel between research sites taking snow samples.

Habitat Restoration in Anza Borrego, California – Volunteers camp in the California desert and participate in restoration project during the wildflower season. Specifically, volunteers will manually remove an invasive annual plant that threatens the area’s biodiversity.

Watch Earthwatch’s video on their Shark Expedition in Belize. Volunteers learn how to measure nurse sharks before releasing them back into the sea.

Pawikan Conservation Center in Bataan, Philippines – Volunteers help patrol the shoreline for nesting marine turtles and safely release hatchlings in the sea. Many of the center’s volunteers are poachers-turned-conservationists who work towards protecting one of the remaining hotspot nesting grounds for endangered marine turtles. November to December is the best time to visit to see nesting marine turtles, while January and February are the best time to release hatchlings into the sea.

Mangrove Park in Bataan, Philippines – This mangrove and wildlife sanctuary lies within miles of the Pawikan Conservation Center. Tourists learn about the ecological importance of mangroves such as its role in coastal area and fish sanctuary protection. Visitors can plant their own mangrove propagules and seedlings in the mangrove nursery and rehabilitation area. Occasionally, visitors also get a glimpse of the fruit bats (aka flying foxes) living in the nearby protected virgin forest.

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Here are some sites to visit for more eco-voluntourism ideas:

Next time you’re on vacation, forget the old holiday packages and skip the tourist traps. Give eco-voluntourism a chance – you never know when a unique nature encounter will change your life.

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Comments



Inactive User
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5 years, 9 months ago

ECO tourism, volunteer work, doing good for some worthwhile project is just playing at what is a problem that is a threat to our planet and all the creatures living on it. Including us humans.

A more effective contribution instead of focussing on a small element of Ecology would be to start to educate everyone on what we all need to do in our homes, gardens, businesses and lifestyle.

By buying and changing just one of the dozens of consumer product that are polluting our homes, furniture, clothing and that have an invisible and slow poisoning effect to our families and pets health, by leaving a hazardous residue of harmful chemicals on the fabric of our buildings, fixtures and fittings. With one equivalent ECO friendly product when the none ECO friendly product run out, often each week or month.
It would have a huge impact to everything around us in terms of a healthier environment both at home, at work, in schools and public buildings. Resulting in less pollution going into our sewer networks, rivers, lakes and seas, bringing cleaner water for the entire creatures that live in and around our sea and waterways.

Being trendy by going on a ECO-vacation will have a tiny impact, when what is needed is a sustained progressive educational program to alert people to the dangers lurking under your kitchen sink from products we take for granted but if some where accidently mixed will explode or give of life threatening toxic fumes.

If alcohol and tobacco are heavily tax and sales restricted because of the harm they can course then the same should be done to all those product that consist of harmful chemicals.

Most major supermarkets stock only a token range to pretend they are ECO friendly. All the polluting products stocked by the supermarkets has an Eco friendly equivalent product that do the jobs equally as well if not better and at a much cheaper cost to us the consumer and with less of a global footprint.

The problem most of us face if we try to do our bit for the environment find the big supermarket chains just don’t stock a wide range of Eco friendly products. So we continue to buy what we get used to using. Paying for products that may do the job but are also slowly polluting our bodies, homes, places of work and learning and contributing to polluting the planet.

So my advice is save your money and go online to http://www.sos.wikaiko.com and you will find over a thousand Eco friendly products for every job, situation, health benefits and task, all at very competitive prices, with free postage (UK mainland only) when you spend just £11:99 and cash back for every purchase.

Plus you will find a comprehensive Eco Database
They have compiled a comprehensive list of locations etc. for recycling, buying eco friendly produce, and getting rid of household and domestic waste.
This is the biggest eco/recycling UK database on the Internet,
Together with a range of Green Resources
Useful and interesting resources to help you find out more about living green.

Please everyone join this quiet revolution, taking just small steps by changing to Eco products as soon as you can, because each small step we take will make a huge leap in our quality of life at home and around the world.