Wildlife conservation activities

Wildlife conservation activities


WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR DOWNTIME

Live alongside
the locals

The amount of involvement between volunteers and locals does vary from trip to trip, but generally there will be plenty unless a project is very remote. One of the key markers of a successful wildlife conservation initiative is how well it works in the local community because if they’re not behind you, the chances are your goals will either be achieved, but only in the short term, or not achieved at all. Volunteers are encouraged to visit local schools to teach some English, or run simple presentations illustrating what the conservation work they’re doing means for the local environment and how everyone can get involved.
Erin Sparks, from our supplier, PoD Volunteer, shares her opinion on the importance of local engagement: “In our wildlife project in Belize, there is a specific education role where you can be heavily involved in getting out to local schools and running educational programmes there about wildlife conservation for those children that can’t get out to the project. If you want to have a successful project on the ground, you need the backing of the local community; it needs to be beneficial for them and in turn they need to know about animal protection and habitat protection. It doesn’t matter if people from all over the world believe in because it if the people who live right there on the doorstep don’t, it just won’t work.”

Get out and about

Whether it’s spent strolling around a local craft market, exploring the native landscape, or grabbing a local guide and letting them lead you to the best live music, local beer and food, your free time will be precious so use it to experience something new.
Erin Sparks, from our supplier, PoD Volunteer, shares her advice on what to do in your downtime: “In order to be ideally located for the animals, a lot of wildlife conservation projects are not sat slap bang in the middle of a tourist hub, or near adrenalin activities, but you do get downtime. You are working in a team and the work is tiring, so one of the best things you can do is just chill out getting to know your fellow volunteers. Our elephant care and wildlife rescue project in Cambodia is really remote, but is near a beach where you can spend the day and there’s even a spa in the local town, which makes most of its money from volunteers - after you’ve been mucking out elephants for a couple of weeks, there’s nothing better than a hot soak and a massage.”

Capture your memories

Most people take photos on vacation, but not all vacations are designed for photographers - of course, while working you won’t have time to get snap happy, but you will get free time and there’s nothing stopping you finding a local guide and organising a game drive, or a walk out into the wilds to take some incredible shots.
Photo credits: [Live alongside the locals - planting trees: Chris H] [Get out and about: Frontierofficial] [Capture your memories: Pranchanart Viriyaraks]
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