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GoEco is a leading eco-tourism company with a varied selection of affordable volunteer projects abroad. We act as a gateway to over 150 extraordinary community, wildlife and environmental initiatives all over the world thanks to our great partnerships. Join one of our rewarding projects and become a part of the global volunteer movement!

Scholarships

GoEco Volunteer Scholarships

To assist prospective volunteers in taking part in one of their programs, GoEco, an eco-tourism company, awards one flight voucher of $1,000 and waived fees for a two-week program, plus travel insurance to successful beneficiaries of their scholarships. To apply, you must be currently enrolled at an educational institution to be eligible for the award.

Value
$1,000 - $3,000

Reviews

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yael
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica Animal Shelter

the whoe stay was very unique. the young group of volunteers with us and the staff were truely amazing, and exteremly proffassional.
gave me and the griend that was traveling with me a chance to really get to know the colture, the vibe, and of-course the animals of Costa Rica up close.
i wouldnt recommend more than a week's satey, if you dont have much time to travle in Costa Rica.
would probably do it again, if I ever come back (and I do hope I will...)
all in all, great expirience!

PURA VIDA

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Steve
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Belize Mini Private Island Diving & Marine Conservation

You live on a small private island (size of a football field) and dive 3time/day. Great place to learn and get certified or hone in on your skills. You can get your open water or go all the way to master diver.
The diving staff are awesome, very knowledgeable and the focus is to keep you safe and make sure you have a great time. After 2 weeks you will become a pro diver.
We hunt lionfish (invasive) and surveyed for conch and lobster. While diving I have seen turtles, sharks, dolphins, a manatee, and a variety of marine life. I even saw two turtles come up at night to lay eggs.
You spend your rest time play volleyball, paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, laying in a hammock, or play card games. There is no internet/wifi which means you spend more time interacting and bonding with others.
The island has it own chef which create delicious and healthy meals. They accommodate to all dietary needs. If you catch enough lionfish they will make ceviche, fish burgers, or fried fish.
Once you stay you don't want to leave.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Its a small island surrounded by water. One of the few places where you can watch the sunrise and set over the ocean in the same spot. The water is warm for morning sunrise or sunset swims. At night without all the light pollution you see many more stars in the sky, and easily make out the Milky Way light band across the sky.
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Koron
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica animals sanctuary

My experience at the NATUWA animal sanctuary in Costa Rica was amazing! I worked with animals which was like a dream come true, as well as meeting new people who helped me with my Spanish. The bonds I created with everyone will never be forgotten. Zoe and Lorenzo were very helpful with my trip and made sure I was okay every step of the way. I highly recommend this project for any solo travelers looking to have fun and experience working with animals and doing conservation work while learning spanish.

What was your funniest moment?
Sitting at the dinner table and joking around with my new friends!
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Claude
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ischia Dolphin Project

The live-aboard dolphin project in Ischia, Italy truly changed my life. Each day we went to sea and interacted with pods of dolphins and whales, as well as encountered mobula rays, sunfish, and a few species of sea birds. The generosity of spirit and openness to volunteers of all backgrounds made this experience that much more enjoyable. We would end many of our days by going onto the island and getting pizza, gelato, and many other delicious treats. I would highly recommend for any one, families, kids, college students, travelers, photographers - any and all can enjoy!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
On my final day, we encountered a group of teen sperm whales, some of which jumped completely out of the water!
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Imogen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Couldn’t recommend Chipangali enough!!

Can’t recommend Chipangali enough!! Me and my boyfriend went for 3 weeks and we absolutely loved it! The staff, animals & the people you meet are all amazing!! We have made friends for life at Chipangali!

The Wilson family are nothing but welcoming and make you feel comfortable and at home.You experience things you would never think you’d experience in your life! Not many people can say they have stroked a lion or a leopard!

The animals are all treated with love and it was really nice to see how much the animals are looked after. We would return in a heart beat and hope that we can come back in the future!!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

A friend of mine approached me about doing an overseas volunteer trip over the summer. Together, we researched different programs and websites in order to find one that suited us, as well as allowed people under the age of 18. We wanted the program to revolve around animals, given our shared love for the environment. We landed on the Newcastle Wildlife experience, it seemed perfect.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

On our own, we had to book flights and transportation to Newcastle. Given that we were both underaged, we had a lot of parental help with that.

The program provided nearly everything else, including telling us what to pack. They provided housing, transportation, food, and entertainment. As well as working basically two weeks full-time, I got to experience a lot outside of that through traveling to Sydney and learning about the culture on my own.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would encourage anyone to go, even if it seems out of their comfort zone. It was a wonderful experience and it really brought me out of my shell. I would also recommend that if you can get someone to travel with you, do it. It made it a lot easier for me to adjust to such a different place with a friend by my side.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Each day, we drove to the park. The drive was about an hour and a half, but it didn't seem long because all the volunteers conversed the entire ride. When we got to the park, we worked for about two hours before tea time, where we ate snacks. As an American, I wasn't used to tea time and I ate my entire lunch on accident.

After that, we worked until lunch and then worked a little more driving back to the house. On our first day of work, we were given a schedule on who and what we would be working with each day, ranging from mammals to reptiles to food preparation.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I have social anxiety, so I was personally most afraid of being away from people I was comfortable with. It helped to have a friend there, but once we were at work, we weren't really together for the entire day, except for the occasional crossing of our paths or overlap of our work. My views changed pretty quickly once I got comfortable with the other volunteers and all the keepers at Oakvale.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite experience would have to be feeding the dingoes. I got to see the way that they were trained and how they were taken care of. I watched them play with enrichment, and I got to take pictures with them.

It was really awesome because, stereotypically, dingoes are a threat to humans, but seeing some that had been raised in captivity really opened my eyes to how friendly they are.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Cassandra Federbusz

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PR Manager
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What is your favorite travel memory?

In October 2013, I spontaneously decided to join my friend in Nepal to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek after a three-month backpacking adventure in Europe. It was the most awe-inspiring journey I have ever taken. When I finally reached Thorong-La Pass (5416 m. high) I was extremely proud of myself (and stuffed from all the Dal Bhat I ate to get there)!

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

I think any destination that isn't filled with tourists is definitely worth exploring.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since working at GoEco, my knowledge of the world has expanded, from discovering new destinations to learning about issues I never knew existed. I've come to truly appreciate international volunteers' contributions around the globe and the role GoEco plays in the industry.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We hear some incredible stories from returning volunteers each year, but I think the one that stuck with me the most so far is from Lucas after his participation in the Medical and Health Care project in India. In his blog he wrote:

"The small hospital waiting room was crowded -- full of patients from the surrounding villages seeking medical treatment. The doctor and medical staff hurried to and fro, despite the stifling heat, to treat the overload of patients. This was the scene in Karan Hospital every day. The doctors are heroes there, working endlessly to observe, diagnose and treat the plenitude of patients––a job of at least five doctors in a Western medicine facility. This is what medicine, the pursuit of helping people, is all about."

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

GoEco was recently named "Top Volunteer Abroad Organization" of 2015. It was an extremely proud moment for all of us.