Volunteering should be simple and free !
Volunteering abroad has become very popular which is a good thing but unfortunately it become also extremely commercialized.
It has become difficult and expensive to find local organizations seeking volunteers.
Volunteering abroad should be accessible to all and everyone should be able to find local volunteering opportunities in a simple way and free. Before making the decision we should spend some time on internet trying to get to the local organization instead of going to an agency.
On this page I will list all the organizations/websites which I think are worth trying and also addresses of local organizations abroad where you can directly apply for volunteering.
www.fnpf.org – Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) / Yayasan Pecinta Taman Nasional is an Indonesian non-profit organisation working to protect wildlife, restore habitat, and improve the wellbeing of local communities.
www.tasikoki.org – Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre is located in exotic Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. Established in a strategic location to tackle the cross-border trade from Indonesia towards the Philippines and onwards to China, Taiwan and Japan. Sulawesi has been exploited as a consolidation point for illegal shipments of wildlife and wildlife products from Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the islands in the Eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago.
www.latortugafeliz.com – La tortuga feliz is a non profit organisation, based in Costa Rica, whose aims are the protection of sea turtles with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers contributes to the improvement of the living conditions and education of the local inhabitants.
www.inandoutoftheghetto.org – Small non-profit organization based in Zambia operating in Bauleni compound, on the outskirts of Lusaka. Their main aim is to empower the youth and develop the community.
www.merazonia.org – Merazonia is a dynamic wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre located on 250 acres of Amazon rainforest, near Mera, Ecuador, South America.
hwww.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org – The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
www.givingway.com Volunteering opportunities directly with the local communities
www.vaops.com Free and Low Cost Opportunities to Volunteer Abroad
www.andamandiscoveries.com Volunteering, Homestays and Ecotours in southern Thailand
wwoof.net Worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.