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The eco-volunteering

"The eco-volunteering is an inclusive and participatory action of helping, in his spare time, a project related to the preservation and enhancement of animal diversity, plant, environmental, and cultural. The ecovolunteer is a committed citizen and volunteer and can not, as such, receive financial compensation for his action. "1

1This definition is the result of a debate in a year, with almost 400 participants, all involved in this activity: ecovolunteers, of eco-volunteering structures, tourism professionals, concerned citizens, travelers, students, representatives of environmental associations etc. ... The discussion took into account the opinion of all, without restriction, and the results reflect the collective thinking. To learn more about the history of this definition

Biodiversity is up to each of us, yet it is in the process of decay to big step, and despite the measures of individual and collective consciences. Among all the threats to biodiversity, tourism occupies a imporante (see article "Tourism and Biodiversity"). We do not think that we should stop as far to travel. One solution is to develop and promote an ecological and responsible travel, biodiversity-friendly and offering an alternative to mass tourism. It is in this context that fits the eco-volunteering.
Generally, the eco-volunteering is characterized by helping local organizations to protect nature, lack of resources, and therefore do not ask better than receiving some additional staff or funding. During their volunteer work, the nature ecovolunteers support professionals in their biodiversity conservation work.

Ecovolunteer: What is it?

The ecovolunteer joined during his vacation, a project related to the preservation of biodiversity, such as the restoration of certain habitats or the study of population ecology or a geographical area.

Ecovolunteer stands for added value. The achievement of nature conservation programs requires human resources. This is an opportunity for nature lovers to play an active and positive role in this area.
For ecovolunteer, the word "holiday" is synonymous with "action"! Through their action on the ground and their financial support, ecovolunteers guarantee the continuation of research, conservation and protection of wildlife and wild flora. Part of this work, or in some cases all, owes its implementation to physical and financial contribution ecovolunteers!

Thus, ecovolunteer performs an act militant solidarity. By its action, it is essential to the smooth running and sometimes even the existence of many conservation programs. Indeed, the budget allocated for the protection of nature are often meager and NGOs need support, both financial and manpower. Therefore, often, the contribution of eco-volunteers is crucial for these programs to continue.

Who are the ecovolunteers?

Mind : The eco-volunteers are individuals affected by nature. They like to get in touch with people with similar ideas.

Nationality : The ecovolunteers form a mixed group of people from all over the world. They are particularly sensitive to a personal and direct contact. That is why they participate in small projects supervised by a people-team, consisting of experts and local.

But only in team : Most ecovolunteers come alone, but once there, they are part of a team, usually composed of a limited number of participants.

Age : Age does not matter, provided you have 18 years or more (some projects may still impose their own age limit).

Ecovolunteers all share the same objective: to act for biodiversity. This profile fits you? Become an eco-volunteer.

List of eco-volunteering mission