It’s true that there are many ways to make an impact on the environment daily. We can become more eco-conscious, make sustainable choices, and more. Choosing to volunteer in environmental projects abroad has its own unique benefits - the first being that you can actually be a part of a change that affects both a cause you believe in AND yourself.
If you’re eager to venture off and look for environmental volunteer opportunities, the best place to start is by taking into account that the world of ecological, green, and environmental volunteering is extremely vast. That’s why researching the different environmental volunteering opportunities offered by organizations across regions and countries has a clear-cut benefit down the road. Organizations and projects focus on restoration, conservation, revegetation, and education; while activities will range from getting your hands dirty (literally speaking - planting a tree isn’t the cleanest job) to conceptualizing the best cleaning campaign ever thought of.
First, mark down the parts of the world you’d be excited to visit - Southeast Asia, Africa, South America - opportunities can be easily found everywhere.
Then, consider the fields of activity you would like to participate in. Whether it’s marine life or amazon rainforests; if you’re an eager diver or an avid climber, you will surely succeed in matching between the field and your passion. Once you’ve found that there’s an operation up and running in the settings you’re after (try and avoid looking for a reforestation organization around the Namibian Desert, for example) focus on the activity of specific organizations, and add to that the skills you are looking to contribute. For example, many activities in the field of environmental volunteering touch upon education and community engagement, leadership skills, analytical skills, and social media skills. If you’re looking for some more groundwork there are many organizations that focus on conservation and development.
Now, there you have it! - Decide where you want to travel, what you want to focus on, and the skills you have to offer, and you’ll be ready to change the world in no time! Go greenie!