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The Popularity of Volunteering in Conservation is Growing Fast

Tuesday 15th February 2011

Many new gap year travellers choose conservation as their area for volunteering.

The rise in the number of gap year students and travellers selecting to volunteer in the conservation sector is increasing. This is reportedly due to the increase in understanding about pollution, environment, deforestation around the world and Fair Trade industries. It’s also thought to becoming more popular due to the interest in helping with endangered wildlife and marine conservation projects in Africa and the Far East.

One major volunteer organisation, PoD, is working with hundredds of projects all over the world, from short summer camps, to year long gap year conservation projects. PoD is a leading non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world. Pod works with long term projects that they know personally and where there is genuine benefit to local communities. Whether it is for 1 week or 6 months, volunteers are needed to help work with disadvantaged children, communities, animals and conservation projects in Belize, Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.

Find out more about spending your gap year working on a conservation project on their website.