Volunteering: What makes volunteer work stand out?
In this blog you can learn more about what makes volunteer work stand out, why you will benefit from taking part and how your commitment will help nature.
Volunteer work gives you an opportunity to see the world in a personal way and play a voluntary role in valuable projects. While a tourist simply plays the role of an observer, volunteers play an active role in protecting endangered habitats. Your work will take you off the beaten path and bring you face-to-face with problems and dangers which the average person doesn’t get to see. The abstract impact of climate change or urban sprawl will become visible and easy to understand as you will be provided with a well-founded introduction to the specific dangers facing these fascinating habitats before you go to work on the project. Get involved in valuable volunteer projects and protect the unique nature and beauty of our natural environment.
The advantages of taking part
In addition to the good feeling that you get from being involved in worthwhile projects, you will also find that your time in the camp will help develop you as a person. Your nature and species conservation work will bring you face-to-face with new experiences and exciting challenges on a daily basis.
This experience is the perfect complement to your school or university education. Working with others on the volunteer project will teach you how to take responsibility and will broaden your horizons by giving you the opportunity to try out new things. The physical work that you will be doing will put you in situations outside of your normal comfort zone. You will find out what you’re capable of and discover new sides to yourself.
This learning by doing approach will give you a completely new view of the world after years of desk work. Your active engagement and experience will put your theoretical knowledge to your practical test. This will allow you to develop key skills which you can use in other areas of your life.
As part of an international team, you will never be left alone. By mastering challenges together, you may make some friends for life and improve your foreign language skills in addition to a hefty chunk of life experience.
This combination of voluntary commitment, outdoor experiences and personal challenges will make your time abroad unforgettable. Your work on the project will give you a new perspective on your day-to-day life back at home.
How will your commitment help nature?
Your commitment will benefit nature and animal conservation projects in addition to helping you to grow as a person. Your work and assistance will be used where it is needed. The projects will frequently involve recording animal population levels, combating invasive plant species or creating new footpaths. You may not see the fruits of your labour immediately. This may lead you to question whether there is any point to what you’re doing. Like many things in life, nature conservation consists of a series of diligent steps which come together to provide a genuine benefit for the natural environment.
Become active in preserving endangered wildlife and unique ecosystems as a volunteer in South Africa
Take part in our animal welfare project in Canada and help take care of formerly farmed horses in Alberta
As a volunteer in New Zealand you become involved in protecting the country's unique flora and fauna