Helping Animals While on Vacation

By Rachel Siden
Rachel Siden
Rachel Siden
July 14, 2014 Updated: July 14, 2014

Original article at

Do you love animals as much as you love to travel? Then a volunteer experience working with endangered species through may just be the trip for you! is a database with a wide range of volunteer projects. Visitors to the site can search anything from working in healthcare to working in education, or from working with children to working with animals. GoVoluntouring also understands that not every volunteer project is for everybody, so the site works to search for projects that fit each individual’s needs and interests.

So what essentially is “voluntourism”? “Its a holiday alternative.” Says Aaron Smith, the website founder. “And its one that has purpose behind it. “Voluntourism, in my mind, is swapping that all-inclusive for a project or program that has a positive impact at the end of the day.”

And helping save endangered animals is one trip that can have a very positive impact. Through, here is a sample of four destinations and projects that volunteers can take part in if they are interested in animal conservation.

through Earthwatch Institute. It is home to sites such as the Rio Seco Waterfall, but is also home to one of the most important nesting beaches for leatherback turtles. These large reptiles, known as the “last living dinosaur,” are an endangered species.

As a volunteer, your job will be to patrol the beach each night with the staff of Nature Seekers to gather data for conservation efforts by tagging, measuring, and weighing turtles. Volunteers will spend time on the field gathering data to be used by researchers.

Working hours will be at night, which leaves volunteers to explore during the day. They can journey to nearby forests, swim in rivers, hike local trails, and see monkeys and birds in their natural habitat.

Lodging for volunteers also includes modern conveniences, shared double rooms, and home-cooked traditional Trinidadian meals. Yum!

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Rachel Siden
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