Wildlife and Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide

Wildlife and Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide

Paperback Bradt Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide

By (author) Peter Lynch

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  • Publisher: BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 1841622753
  • ISBN 13: 9781841622750
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 16pp colour photographs & 1 map
  • Sales rank: 416,551

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The climate is changing, the forests are vanishing, and the Yangtze river dolphin is no more. With increasing numbers of us eager to do something to save the planet, the conservation volunteering market is booming. But how does one choose between the thousands of volunteer projects of offer? Bradt's Wildlife and Conservation Volunteering is the first book to properly dissect this exploding industry, and to assess which are the most environmentally and scientifically useful companies on the market. It features different types of 'sending agencies' including charities, not-for-profit, brokers, clearing houses, eco-tour operators and travel agents, and asks, 'Where does the money go?' With a focus on wildlife and environmental conservation volunteering, it includes chapters on conservation and environmental issues, planning and preparation, and fund-raising, and features detailed interviews with volunteers during and after their travels. There's also a unique chapter about day-to-day life on a range of conservation volunteer projects. Whether you're a wealthy professional searching for a meaningful holiday, a retiree wanting your travels to have a purpose, or a gap-year student looking for a wider life experience, this ground-breaking guide i?? written by an author with first-hand experience of conservation volunteering in Africa, Asia and South America i?? will help you to find a genuine eco-friendly, conservation-focused experience.

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Author information

Freelance travel writer, Peter Lynch has been on several conservation volunteer expeditions ranging from Cape York in Australia to the Namibian desert.

Review quote

'This timely and important guide is a must-read for anyone who wants to contribute properly and positively to wildlife conservation.' Kate Humble, TV presenter 'A comprehensive guide which helps to identify and explore the issues surrounding volunteering, whilst also providing a reliable and objective assessment of the companies offering volunteering experiences.' Justin Francis, founder, responsibletravel.com 'An extremely useful starting point for any conservation volunteer faced with the tricky task of finding a project that is appropriate for them and also genuinely contributes to wildlife and environmental conservation.' Richard Hammond, greentraveller.co.uk

Table of contents

1) How to Use this Book 2) Introduction 3) Chapter 1: What's the problem and what can we do about it? 4) Chapter 2: Planning and Preparation 5) Chapter 3: Finances and Fundraising 6) Chapter 4: Where to go and what to do? 7) Chapter 5: Choosing an organisation 8) Chapter 6: A-Z audit of 50 volunteer organisations 9) Chapter 7: An insiders view: life as a conservation volunteer 10) Appendix 1 What is BS8848-2007 11) Appendix 2 Further Information 12) Index