Organisations who exclusively take on Gap year volunteers (usually aged 18/19) tend to take on people for an entire year, placements change though usually these are teaching or community work, there are some conservation placements though:
Organisations which specialise in Camp Based Conservation Projects. Camp based conservation projects, where you make your own way there, stay pretty much as long as you like, usually a minimum stay, usually on tented camps, may not even have to book in advance, economical and basic.
- GAP ACTIVITY PROJECTS: GAP is an educational charity with over 25 years experience of organising voluntary work placements overseas for UK school leavers in the year before they enter training, employment, or higher education, and need to be aged 18/19 during the project, also organise placements in the UK for volunteers from other countries on an exchange basis. GAP is committed to inter-cultural exchange and international understanding and to enabling you to give service to others. GAP currently sends over 1300 young people from the UK each year to over 30 countries world-wide. Need to apply at the start of final school year, and selected applicants are usually interviewed in Reading. Placements in many locations, though most conservation projects with GAP are in Australia.
Opportunities are with the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers and last for a minimum of 20 weeks (10 weeks in two different states). The work, typically land management rather than wildlife conservation, can be arduous and is certainly not glamorous. It includes tree planting, scrub clearance, seed collection, flora and fauna surveys or coastal stabilisation, there are a very small number of conservation opportunities are available for male volunteers in Paraguay and Ecuador in the National Parks. As well as undertaking practical tasks, you could find yourself guiding tourists or teaching English to Park staff.
You need to be physically fit, flexible, outgoing and able to work as part of a team. The fee varies depending on the project & location. Address: GAP House, 44 Queens Rd, Reading, RG1 4BB.
- PROJECT TRUST - Aimed at school leavers who have taken A-Levels or highers. Project Trust places volunteers to work overseas for a year in 24 different developing countries; Latin America, Africa, Middle and Far East. There are social services, english teaching, outdoor activity, environmental and community development schemes. The fee needed to be raised is £3350 with Project Trust paying the remaining £500. Need to attend a selection weekend and training in the Hebrides. Address: The Hebridean Centre, Isle of Coll, Scotland PA78 6TB. Tel: 018793 230444.
Further details on Camp Based Projects
Organisations which specialise in Expedition type projects These are usually very basic conditions involving hard physical work. There is usually a substantial fee which needs to be fundraised.
Further details on Expedition type projects
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