Earthwatch - Volunteer Programs in Scotland

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You will be exposed to the truly spectacular scenery of the west coast of Scotland, from the sheer cliffs of Scarba to the sandy beaches of Tiree, as you sail the waters of the Hebrides surveying for cetaceans and other sea life. Working from on board the Silurian, a 21-meter ketch, with researchers Juliet Shrimpton and Clare Embling, you will record cetacean abundance along transects and record acoustic behaviors of encountered cetaceans using the latest technology. You'll photograph dolphins and whales for individual identification, and collect environmental information.

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  • Scotland
Program Length: 
1-2 weeks
2-4 weeks
$2,000 - $5,000 (USD)
Cost Description: 

Projects range from USD 500 to USD 4,400 per person excluding travel to and from the rendezvous. The price of each project, which we call your contribution, covers your food, accommodation, on-site travel (not airfare), emergency medical and medical evacuation insurance, and all of the various costs of field research (field permits, equipment, etc.). These costs may vary for each expedition and individual team so please check prior to making your reservation or call the Expedition Coordinator if

Volunteer Types: 
Volunteer House
Some travel is required during the program.
Online Application
Age Requirement

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  • Laurel
    Age: 31-50
    University of British Columbia
    Hard Work But Incredible Opportunity

    We worked long hours, often 8+ a day and the work was not always exciting when there was no wildlife around, BUT we also visited uninhabited islands, found 50ish basking sharks, spotted minke whales and several different species of dolphins. It was hard work but the experience of a life time!

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Earthwatch is a worldwide non-profit organization unlocking the potential in people and the environment. Since 1971, Earthwatch has connected volunteers and partners with scientists undertaking vital field research around the globe. Everybody who works with Earthwatch, from students and teachers, to companies, retirees, and other individuals make a genuine, hands-on contribution to tackling climate change, understanding biodiversity, and protecting threatened habitats. For more information, please visit us.

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