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Your overseas trip as a volunteer

How can I find a project that is suitable for me?

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding which project is best for you. You might find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions when you start looking for the right volunteer project:

What am I interested in?

We provide an exclusive selection of nature and species conservation projects covering a wide range of interests: endless forest areas or delightful coastal regions, African savannah or the Australian outback - the choice is yours. You can apply your passion for animal and species conservation to help endangered wild horses, sea turtles or stray cats and dogs. And that is just a small selection of what we have available.

Where do I want to go?

The world is your oyster. In principle, your passion is welcome everywhere. It is important that you choose a destination which really interests you. We provide projects on every continent in regions which could scarcely be more different from each other. You should get to know your destination well before making your choice. Some volunteers find it difficult to adapt to the more basic standard of living, particularly in developing countries.

How much time do I have?

You can volunteer for between two weeks and a whole year, depending on the project. Please be aware that you will need some time to acclimatise and get used to the project. In our experience, most volunteers would have preferred to stay longer than they did.

What is my budget?

There are some significant price differences between the projects that we offer. The cost involved is largely dependent on the cost of living in the country where the project is based. The included services and the standard of living on offer also play an important role. When you are calculating your budget, try not to forget that you will need money for your flight, visa, insurance and any equipment that you need. Please refer to the product description on our homepage for information about the services that are provided. We are happy to help if you have any questions about the additional costs which might be involved.


Choose a Project

We can help you to choose a project

You should contact us if you have an idea of which projects you’re interested in so that we can answer any questions you might have. We can also help you if you want to volunteer, but simply can’t decide on a destination or project. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can check that the project you want to work on is available. This will also give us enough time to arrange your placement on the project. We are happy to help you plan the details of your trip abroad.

We want you to be as prepared for your trip as possible. Because of this, it is important to us that you have an accurate impression of what is waiting for you on site so that you don’t have any false expectations about your adventure. That’s why we make every effort to provide you with all of the information that you need. We can provide you with assistance any time you have questions. There are no stupid questions!


Information

Get information from elsewhere

We also think that is extremely important for you to get information about the country that you are going to and its culture on your own initiative. Travel literature, blogs and forums are good sources of this information. Forums are good for exchanging stories and finding useful tips and advice.

Reports from previous NATUCATE volunteers will provide you with some excellent insights. These are available on our NATUCATE.me platform.


Application

The NATUCATE application process

  • If you think you have found a suitable project on our website, simply fill out the relevant non-binding booking enquiry.
  • We will then contact you. Once we have discussed all the details, we will send you the NATUCATE application form.
  • Please complete this in English and return it to us. Our project partners expect you to write a cover letter describing your motivation for taking part.
  • When our overseas partner confirms your request, we will send you booking confirmation and invoice.
  • If you like, we can then help you to book your flights, choose the best possible insurance policy and take the next steps in the planning process.
  • You will also be provided with a document containing all the important information about the project before you set off on your travels.
Preparation

    Preparing for your journey

    Flight

    Prices do not include organising your travel to the project. If you need help booking a suitable flight, we will happily put you in contact with a travel agency which works with us on a regular basis.

    Visa

    You may need a visa for your travel, depending on your destination and how long you intend to stay there. Please be aware that getting a visa not only involves additional costs, but can also take a significant amount of time. For some countries, you will not require a visa if you are staying there for less than 90 days. You will not need a working visa because no monetary compensation is provided for taking part in a volunteer program. We are happy to help you if you need information about the country-specific regulations which apply for your trip.

    Insurance

    You must arrange appropriate health and accident insurance to cover your stay overseas. Contact us or your insurance provider to do this. We are more than happy to help you find a policy which is appropriate for you.

    Vaccinations

    Vaccinations will be required before travelling to certain countries and regions. The Foreign Office has information about which vaccines are required for which country.

    You should also ask a specialist medical professional which vaccinations they would suggest. Some insurance providers will cover the cost of vaccinations.

    Equipment

    You will be provided with project-specific equipment and material on site. There are certain items which you should bring yourself. Depending on the project, these can include a raincoat, backpack, insect spray, suncream, hats, water bottles, hiking boots and work/hiking trousers. You might also need swimwear, a camping mat and a sleeping bag. We will provide you with a list of things you should pack for your particular project before you set off.

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