In addition to carefully selecting our partner projects, we are committed to providing our customers with wide-ranging advice during their trip. Once you’re back, we will get in contact to find out how you found the project. Most of us have worked on projects like these ourselves, so we know what’s important and the burning questions that you may have.
Our experience in advising volunteers and our strong contacts with local project partners allow us to provide you with all of the information you need to make the best possible preparations for your trip abroad. Our service includes comprehensive consultations and detailed help with planning your travel.
We also have one or two tips about how you can ease the pressure on your travel funds.
Our services don’t stop when you set off on your travels. It is extremely important to us here at NATUCATE that you have the best possible support on your project and don’t feel like you’ve been left on your own. That’s why we only work with experienced partners who are experts in their field and can help you. If you have any problems which can’t be resolved, you can contact us any time by phone or email.
We are committed to carefully selecting our project partners. In most cases, we visit them on site to get to know the people involved and get an impression of the project. We can guarantee the integrity of our partners due to the trusting relationship we have with them. At NATUCATE, we review projects to make sure that your passion only benefits nature and species conservation projects which we were able to recommend ourselves.
Unfortunately, the prospect of making a quick and easy profit has tempted several “black sheep” into the voluntary work sector. That’s why we select our projects carefully. Two scrupulous business models in particular have been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.
African lion cub rearing projects are in high demand in Europe, and tempt volunteers to Africa with the promise of helping to rear lion cubs. These projects tell volunteers that the lions will be released back into the wild at a later time. This has been proven to be impossible if the animals have close contact with people for a long period. What these projects are really doing is providing animals for canned hunting. Once they’re full-grown, the animals are released into fenced off areas for rich hunters to shoot in their spare time.
We are proud to have been the first German provider to be recommended as an ethical volunteer work agency by the Organisation Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH). We believe we have a particular responsibility for selecting project partners as part of our corporate philosophy. Signing the strict code of conduct is a sign that we are committed to stopping the use of volunteers to further the interests of the line rearing industry in Africa.
Reports have also started emerging of humanitarian projects which are ostensibly devoted to helping orphans. This leads to infants and young children being bought off their needy families to rouse the sympathy of international volunteers in “orphanages”. This is a particular problem in Southeast Asia. Because it is difficult to get solid facts about humanitarian projects, we are unable to provide proper quality assurance. That’s why we don’t offer them.