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Brunoski
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I live in the UK and have taken a gap year, before going to university to study zoology. I plan to spend a month or two volunteering abroad, starting around February 2014. However, I am struggling to find a suitable project.

I am looking to go to either south east Asia or Latin America to help conserve terrestrial wildlife. I want the work to be as research orientated and scientific as possible and I do not want to take part in community projects or teaching activities, since I am strictly interested in zoology and conservation.

Since it will be my first time away from home, I will require good in-country support and preferably transfers to/from the airport.

I have looked at many of the larger companies such as GVI and Frontier, but after reading certain reviews that describe these placements as more of a summer camp than conservation work, I am somewhat skeptical about the actual work.

It would be great if someone who has previously been on a similar project could recommend me a company, however any and all advice will be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!


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What is your longer term aim/what are you hoping to get from the experience?

If it is to get conservation work in the UK I would recommend volunteering here, spending some time building natural history skills (which in my experience are often woeful in students who want to get into conservation) and then just travel for fun. Get a wildlife guide and some binoculars and travel around Costa Rica or something.
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Hi,

I have recently spent six months in the peruvian amazon rainforest. I was an intern but the organisation also has a lot of volunteers. It is very scientific based and you will learn about different survey techniques such as pitfalls, visual encounter surveys, camera traps etc. Also the in country support is great and you will get picked up from the airport at cusco and they will organise accomodation until you depart for the rainforest. They will happily arrange transport to the airport at the end of trip, book extra tours and trips such as Macchu picchu. The organisation is called the crees foundation. feel free to pm me for more info.
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Except both the company many other organization available for volunteering work abroad and specially for conservation. You can volunteer in Costa-Rica, Ecuador, Israel, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Thailand. You need to visit at volunteeringsolutions.com and select project which is most suitable for you.

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