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One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

AFRICAN IMPACT

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As GoAbroad's Top Rated Volunteer Abroad Organization in 2016, African Impact is now a multi-award winning volunteer travel organization that is operating responsible and sustainable volunteer projects and internship programs throughout Southern and East Africa. We have over 16 years’ experience and have facilitated over 12,000 volunteers in 12 countries across the continent!

OUR VISION:

To maximise the positive force of volunteering and make sure our volunteers have a fun and rewarding adventure with us. We truly believe that volunteering has the power to change lives; we’ve seen it first-hand.
We aiming to integrate ourselves into the community from grassroots to partnerships with local governments and strive to nurture a culture of mutual respect.

Our volunteer experiences are based on three key things:

- We want our volunteers to have an amazing time experiencing everything Africa has to offer and leave knowing they’ve contributed to something bigger than themselves.

- We want our volunteers to learn as much as they can about local history, culture and wildlife

- We want to support local communities and conservation efforts through education and hands-on help.


Our Charity: The Happy Africa Foundation

As part of our commitment to making a positive impact, we set up The Happy Africa Foundation in 2008. The charity helps to independently monitor our projects and provides tools and expertise that help to ensure our sustainability. The charity also ensures that donations given by our volunteers are managed responsibly.


Our Wildlife Trust: ALERT

African Impact were also instrumental in the establishment of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) in 2005, a non-profit organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion in consultation with governments, wildlife authorities and communities.

Alongside African Impact, ALERT also aims to support the ground-breaking four-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program developed by our founders in 1999.


Our Projects

To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we thoroughly evaluate each potential project with a detailed scorecard before setting up a volunteering program. This involves analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a project as well as its long-term viability and impact. Also, every single one of our projects has community stakeholders. We won’t run a project unless the community not only wants us there, but actually has ownership of the project. Community buy-in is essential.

We have a core emphasis on learning and empowerment for all involved – changing the lives of people in the communities we impact, our volunteers and all African Impact staff.

UNA EXCHANGE

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UNA Exchange is a registered charity. We send volunteers overseas to work on community based projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers live and work in an international group, alongside people from many different cultures on projects lasting between 2 to 3 weeks, although there are also opportunities for longer volunteering projects. Longer-term individual placements of up to a year are also available in Europe, through the fully-funded EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme. International volunteer projects are organised all year round, but the majority run during the summer months. The work involved varies widely, depending on the project, but does not usually require specific skills or qualifications. In addition to our overseas programme we also organise projects in Wales, and there are opportunities for people interested in leading projects, becoming volunteer trainers, taking part in fundraising and promotional activities or volunteering in our offices. We organise a yearly training course to prepare leaders to coordinate groups of international volunteers every Easter.

KAYA RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL LTD

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Kaya is a responsible travel organization with a focus on genuine and meaningful volunteer projects worldwide. We work alongside NGOs, Charities and local community projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America who need the help of volunteers in the fields of environmental and community development. With Kaya, volunteers can combine work experience with travel and live and work alongside the community. Learn local culture, customs and language to gain a more thorough understanding of the country in a mission to promote responsible travel for the benefit of sustainable social, environmental and economic development, the empowerment of communities and the cultivation of educated, compassionate global citizens. Kaya works to identify quality projects that are in specific need of volunteer assistance providing volunteers a great choice of locations, fields of interest, types of work and the flexibility to build a travel experience to fit the volunteers needs whilst maximising skills and building personal CV’s. Itineraries can be set by volunteers and we welcome any student regardless of degree type or specification. We have over 180 placements for skilled and unskilled students to choose from with our more targeted skilled projects covering journalism, business and marketing, medical specialism’s and NGO back-end development work.

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

ALL OUT AFRICA

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ALL OUT AFRICA's mission is to engage people from around the world in the research and action necessary for a sustainable Africa. We run projects that conserve biodiversity and improve human wellbeing and support the projects through offering people the opportunity to participate in the projects as a rewarding travel experience. Our conservation projects tackle both ecosystem and species level conservation issues within National Parks, Nature Reserves and areas of important biodiversity in Africa. Our social projects focus on orphans and vulnerable children and involve mostly education with aspects of health and nutrition and other basic needs. Both our conservation and social projects include hands-on action and research. Our conservation projects involve a variety of research and conservation activities in Swaziland and Mozambique. Depending on the time of the year, you can be involved in a number of different studies. Recent projects have focused on threatened plants, big game, bats, reptiles, endangered birds such as blue swallows, vultures and marabou storks. The marine conservation project focuses on Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, dolphins, turtles coral reefs and much more. Learn essential skills such as capturing, banding and radio-tracking and help to conserve Africa’s endangered wildlife. Our community projects works with schools and a number of small care centres and non-profit organizations that are assisting orphans and vulnerable children. You can help to improve the quality of life and future prospects in different ways by constructing basic shelters, water systems, developing trench gardens, and giving children basic education in English, maths and essential life skills. We believe that this is a very rewarding social experience helping children in need of support both for our volunteers and the children themselves.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

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Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) provide affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide from 2 weeks to 12 months, throughout the world. VAP was founded in the 1960s and exchanges an average of 150 volunteers annually with dozens of international partner organisations worldwide.

Workcamps (2-4 weeks) typically bring together a temporary community of 8-30 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

VAP’s Medium/Long Term Volunteering (M/LTV) Programme gives you the chance to volunteer abroad from 1 to 12 months, working in a project organised by one of the many grassroots organisations that VAP co-operates with around the world. M/LTV is not only about work, but it is also a unique experience of combining living abroad with learning a new culture and getting to know the local people, while being deeply involved with a project and its aims.

CONCORDIA

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Concordia is a charity (no. 305991) committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace.
Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. The new Summer programme is announced each year in March with over 1500 projects available.

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

• Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
• Set up a music festival in Germany
• Restore a castle in France
• Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
• Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
• Carry out archaeological work in Greece
• Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
• Help with arts activities in Turkey
• Promote organic farming in Japan
• Organise activities for street children in India
• Teach English in Thailand

Volunteers pay a registration fee between £225 and £280 - depending on the type of project -and fund their own travel and insurance.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Had a great time meeting new people and sharing some fun experiences. A perfect way to mingle with people from other cultures. Would recommend to anyone" (Nora, volunteer in France)

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

AMANZI TRAVEL

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Amanzi Travel – Do Something Amazing! 

Whether you are thinking about a Gap Year, Career Break, Post Career Break or a Holiday with a Difference, why not let Amanzi Travel organize an amazing travel experience just for you.

Amanzi Travel, the leading UK Specialist in Volunteering Opportunities across Africa and South East Asia, is an ATOL bonded, family run organisation that has been operating for over 10 years and prides itself on its excellent customer service, knowledge and dedication to helping worthwhile and sustainable volunteer projects.

Amanzi Travel can tailor-make once in a lifetime experiences for volunteers – who will travel to incredible destinations to help with Wildlife Conservation projects, Medical, Teaching and Orphan Care placements or Marine Conservation initiatives.

Opportunities include:

•  Working up close with Big Cats and other orphaned or injured wildlife that has found a safe home at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

•  Helping to hand rear and offer much needed support to young rhinos who have been orphaned when poachers have killed their parents in their desire to take the horn

•  Working alongside qualified medical staff in hospitals, clinics and on community outreach programmes to bring vital medical care to people in Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, or the Maldives. 

Amanzi Travel can also offer opportunities to anyone wanting to train as a Game Ranger in South Africa and Botswana through world famous FGASA Field Guide Courses as well as the opportunity to explore Africa on an Adventure Overland Tour.

"What an amazing experience! - I booked a couple of experiences through Amanzi Travel and was totally delighted with the adventures I had! They are a very professional and helpful organisation … the information that I was given really helped me make the right decision. The company … sent me a very comprehensive pack when I'd booked so I knew exactly what I was doing … I would never have discovered these projects without Amanzi Travel … and I met some amazing people. Book now - life is too short!!!!”  Natasha, UK

Contact our specialist team now or visit our website:
Email: info@amanzitravel.co.uk
Tel: 0117 253 0888
www.amanzitravel.com
 
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JOURNEY WITH US PROGRAMME formerly Experience Exchange Programme (EEP)

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The Journey With UU programme formerly known as The Experience Exchange Programme (EEP) is a self-funding volunteer programme run by Us, USPG - United Society Partners in the GospelG. It offers opportunities for volunteers resident in Britain and Ireland to spend between two months and a year experiencing a different culture and sharing in the life of the church overseas.
Placements are arranged through the USPG world church connections of partner churches. Placements are negotiated independently for each volunteer, taking into account personal preferences, skills and background.
Volunteers have taught in schools and vocational training centres; worked on agricultural, building and health projects; assisted with administration; and supported children’s and youth work, as well as other roles according to the needs and requirements of the placement and the local church. Our aim is to assist volunteers to develop their gifts and deepen their understanding of global development issues in relation to their faith. The scheme has been in existence for over 60 years and run by USPG - United Society Partners in the Gospel a 315 year old Mission Agency.

CRICKET WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

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Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK based charity dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the World through the spread and growth of cricket. It is also about personal empowerment, both for adults and for children. The Charity uses the sport to help develop personal skills ranging from basic teamwork to self-discipline and leadership.

CWB has three main goals:

To spread cricket through coaching children and teaching adults how to coach

To link the sport to HIV/AIDS awareness and incorporate these messages into coaching sessions.

To bring together and empower local communities through cricket.

Working in partnership with the Cricket Associations in each country, the relevant British High Commissions and the ICC, we follow a simple, 3 stage, sports development structure to try to ensure some form of sustained development of the game: 1) coach education; 2) Schools coaching, and 3) Tournament.

In Sub-Saharan Africa alone there are 22 million people living with HIV, with 2 million Adult and Child Deaths from AIDS in 2007.

A large number of those infected are children: many of whom are in cricket playing nations in Africa. It is not just medicine that is needed, but education and a focus on changing behavioural patterns.

The link between Sport (particularly cricket) and HIV/AIDS is not an obvious one to everyone. However, we found that sports coaches are in a unique position to impart a message of staying healthy and doing so within a fun and trusting environment. They often have the respect of those that they coach, and are not perceived in the same negative way that sometimes children perceive their teachers or a health worker. They are ideally placed to talk about the importance of staying healthy to fulfil someone's true potential, both on the field and in life generally.

The CWB Approach: CWB is about cultivating developing coach education and participation in playing the game, but this goes hand-in-hand with raising awareness of HIV to save lives and empower those who participate in the charity's activities.

The CWB approach can be summarised as follows:

■To build the technical expertise of local cricket authorities and groups.

■To provide equipment that allow more children to play the game.

■To mainstream safe-sex and protective behaviours to halt the spread of HIV through cricket coaching and training sessions.

■To ensure equality of treatment for all who are coached, irrespective of age, gender or their HIV status.

■To help combat gender inequalities by having boys and girls training, learning and playing together.

■To empower children by learning a disciplined sport.

Since 2005 CWB has already improved the coaching skills of over 3,500 youth and adult cricket coaches. The charity has also coached over 200,000 children, who will be the next generation of cricketers, passing on skills and knowledge in cricket grounds, schools and communities, both about cricket and about the disease.

CWB are looking to recruit volunteers for our overseas projects but also we need volunteers to work on building the charity in this country.

CADIP - CANADIAN ALLIANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS

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CADIP is an independent, not-for-profit Canadian organisation. Through various youth initiatives, CADIP promotes peace, cooperation, tolerance and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. The organization also promotes patterns and examples of civil activities focused on serving others, on building social ties and strengthening communities, on supporting civil society development.
Mission and general objectives:
To promote volunteering as an expression of civic contribution;
To assist in community development;
To build tolerance and understanding in multicultural and multi-ethnic surroundings;
To promote multiunderstanding among volunteers all over the world;
To facilitate the individual growth of the volunteers through the acquisition of work, life and learning skills;
Our main activities include short and long-term voluntary projects focusing on: work with orphans and disadvantaged kids; teaching children from poor communities; nature protection, gardening and forestry; therapeutic and social programs; renovation and restoration of cultural and youth centers; heritage conservation and archaeological excavations; preparation of cultural events.

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

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Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at out@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email evs@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.



What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!

www.xchangescotland.org

SERVICE VOLONTAIRE INTERNATIONAL

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Service Volontaire International (in English: International Volunteering Service) is a Belgian pluralistic youth organization run by and for young people, by and for volunteers. It is an apolitical and non-religious organization. It is open to everyone, without discrimination of nationality, origin, philosophy, financial resources, education or sexual orientation. SVI is registered in Belgium as a non-profit organization (NPO).

The organization mainly works in the field of international volunteering (international projects), but also in the areas of social economy, solidarity tourism and intercultural exchanges between young Europeans and the rest of the world. Each year, it sends more than 350 volunteers abroad and welcomes about 100 foreign volunteers to Belgium and France. The aim of the Belgian organization is to stimulate young people’s interest (from 16 to 30 years old) to volunteering. SVI thinks it is not only an act of solidarity, but also an opportunity to live an experience of active citizenship and a way to learn how to live as a community. Beside international projects, SVI also offers opportunities for young people to meet and encourages them to create their own projects and to take over the management of the organization.

NGOabroad

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NGOabroad is a unique service that helps people enter international humanitarian work, in addition to providing frugal, customized international volunteer options.

This is a condensation of our International Volunteering & Internship Opportunities for 2016

CAMEROON, TANZANIA, SACRED VALLEY PERU, SRI LANKA: Nursing, Medical, Physical Therapy

INDIA: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy for kids with Disabilities

SRI LANKA, NEPAL: Slums

UGANDA: Human Rights Education

NEPAL: Trafficking

SRI LANKA: Trauma Counseling after Atrocities of Civil War

KENYA: Counseling Sexual Abuse - Social Work or Psychology

INDIA: Geriatric Social Work

TANZANIA: AIDS

MONGOLIA: Emerging Civil Society

NEPAL: Public Interest Law -> Democracy Building

UGANDA: Community Organizing & Women

RWANDA: International Development

COSTA RICA & ECUADOR; TANZANIA & RWANDA: Micro-finance & Small Enterprise Development

UGANDA, MOROCCO, CAMEROON & COSTA RICA: Women

UGANDA: Secondary School

PERU, HONDURAS & NEPAL: Education

GHANA, INDONESIA & COSTA RICA: Agriculture & Ecology. Environmental.

TANZANIA, NEPAL, KENYA: Water & Sanitation

THAI-BURMA, TANZANIA, RWANDA: Refugees

THAILAND & ECUADOR: Dance, Music, Theatre to work with kids with Disabilities

COSTA RICA, UGANDA, CAMEROON: Domestic Violence

INDONESIA: Wildlife Rescue

These are volunteer internship positions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No end date.

Interested? Please READ the NGOabroad website. http://www.ngoabroad.com/ then answer Questionnaire and embed with resume and email to info@NGOabroad.com

AFRICAN CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

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African Conservation Experience. 'Have you ever dreamed of tracking African predators through the bush, studying elephant movements or hand-rearing a baby rhino? Open your eyes to a whole new world and way of looking at the natural environment. We support vital conservation projects in our heritage region of southern Africa and with over 17 years experience we are able to offer every volunteer the benefits of our personal knowledge. Whether on a gap year, career break or retired, you can be sure you’re making a vital contribution to conservation and travelling with the highest standards of environmental responsibility’. African Conservation Experience are a member of The Year Out Group and ATOL registration no. 6123.

COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE

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CCIVS was created in 1948 under the aegis of UNESCO as an international non-governmental organisation responsible for the coordination of voluntary service world-wide. CCIVS has an associate status with the UNESCO and is an elected member of the NGO Liaison committee. CCIVS is charged with networking and international representation of IVS, training and capacity building, communication and campaigns.

Its 200 member organisations implement voluntary programmes in the fields of sustainability and environment, peace and human rights, poverty reduction and health promotion, active participation and social inclusion, cultural heritage and diversity. These programmes are generally carried out through workcamps or mid to long term volunteering, consisting of a national or an international group working on a common project.

Please note that workcamps and longer-term projects are not organised directly by CCIVS, and that we do not recruit volunteers directly. These activities are carried out by CCIVS member organisations who undertake the recruitment. The full list of CCIVS members can be found on our website.

The Great Projects

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The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award-winning wildlife volunteering projects and signature tours are not only designed to provide truly unique and life-changing experiences for volunteers worldwide, but our donation and conservation pledges ensure that your travel will have a lasting and sustainable impact on some of the planet's most endangered species and the local communities which live alongside them.

Earthwatch

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Earthwatch Institute. Our expeditions aim to gather information about the impacts of climate change, monitor habitat needs of endangered species, and find solutions to land conflicts between wildlife and local communities. The aim is to better understand critical environmental issues in order to influence conservation decisions. For environmentally conscious travellers, an Earthwatch expedition offers the rare opportunity to spend time learning from the experts in some of the most beautiful parts of the world while directly contributing to conservation. Some expeditions, such as Madagascar's Lemurs and Icelandic Glaciers are physically demanding, while others such as Elephants of Tsavo and Dolphins of Greece are mentally stimulating - offering volunteers the opportunity to observe animal behaviour at close quarters. The work of volunteers really does make a difference. In the Virgin Islands, Earthwatch volunteers have patrolled turtle nesting beaches for the past 25 years ensuring that turtle eggs are moved above the high tide mark and poachers are deterred. As a direct result of this conservation the number of hatchlings born has increased twentyfold. And in 2007 the International Maritime Organization agreed to divert shipping lanes off the southern coast of Spain in order to avoid important bottlenose dolphin foraging grounds as a direct result of Earthwatch research. Since Earthwatch's inception we have brought together over 80,000 members of the public to volunteer on field research projects, a unique approach which not only provides essential funding for long term research, but also supplies a 'hands on' workforce of enthusiastic volunteers to support the scientists. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence.

GREAT MARINE PROJECT

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Situated in the stunning island paradise of Pulau Kecil in the Perhentians, just off the north-eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia, this project centres its efforts on researching the diver interactions with the area’s marine life, which includes turtles and blacktip reef sharks, and devising ways of reducing the negative impact that such human actions can have on the coral ecosystem.

The research gathered trough this project is collected to create scientific reports, which will be given to the authorities and scientific journals about the details of diving tourism and its effects on this marine environment. A large part of the research is conducted through survey dives, and so a portion of this project is set aside for volunteers to take a PADI Open Water or Advanced scuba-diving qualification. After completing this, volunteers are able to join the project team and assist on two survey dives a day.

Volunteers will also spend much time during the project helping out with sports clubs at local schools, and will spend evenings and weekends relaxing with the locals in more casual settings.

This project provides unequalled opportunities to learn about and assess the ecosystems of marine environments, as well as the chance to gain a PADI diving certificate and much under-water experience. The project also offers countless research opportunities for Masters and PhD students looking to conduct field research.

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