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Conservation Work in the Jungle: a Voluntourism trip idea (Part 1)

July 11, 2009

By Dian Hasan | July 10, 2009

Volunteering with Wild Asia takes many different forms. Photo: Wild Asia

Volunteering with Wild Asia takes many different forms. Photo: Wild Asia

If you’ve always dreamed of a much more meaningful travel experience, rather than simple sight-seeing, Voluntourism may be for you. The main difference is its engaging nature, deriving from the premise “to give is always more honorable than to take”, taking volunteers to unique travel destinations near and far, and partaking in good causes to make a difference in communities and natural environments. The following volunteering idea from Wild Asia may be of interest, as they are always in need of volunteers to help with their conservation efforts across Asia. And whether you are an audio-visual hobbyist, seasoned researcher, a budding scientist, or simply an adventure traveler with a big curiosity and an even bigger heart, Wild Asia would love to hear from you.

Volunteering with Wild Asia

Why not volunteer? We are always on the look out for skilled, dedicated and independent individuals to help us build our programmes! We would welcome working with more experienced people so if you have a few months to spare, why not volunteer or intern with Wild Asia? We take on a limited pool of volunteers but we are committed to making your experience worthwhile and meaningful.

Volunteering with Wild Asia gives you the opportunity to work alongside a dedicated team working on promoting social and environmental understanding of our natural world. Wild Asia is unique in that we strive to engage both the business and local communities to bring about an understanding and commitment to conservation. We work with a range of partners, involved in both environmental and social conservation, and are active in different sectors like tourism, plantations and forestry. We are a small team and there is an opportunity for shared learning and for making meaningful contributions.

What to expect from this program?

  • Learning about the complexities of getting things done in Asia!
  • Valuable experience in developing your skills in conservation – learning that conservation is a team effort and many skills maketh a good conservationist!
  • An insight into conservation issues from people who are passionate about their work.
  • Working on projects for your degree/diploma that could actually make a difference on the ground.

What skills do you need?

We have learnt that it takes all sorts to drive conservation ideas – there is no fixed background that we are looking for – so consider applying if you have a science, finance, marketing, humanities or arts background. If you would like to be involved with Wild Asia, send us your application. Remember – we not only work with biologists, but over the years our projects have brought us in contact with IT specialists, designers, writers, graphic artists, and filmmakers.

What we hope to see in you:

  • The ability to work independently (and with limited supervision)
  • Strong command of spoken and written English
  • The ability to use many common PC applications

Scope of work at Wild Asia

  • Researching a problem or issue and helping us strengthen our knowledge-base.
  • Helping our partners to develop nurseries and a native tree planting programme.
  • Producing short videos, podcasts or photo-journalism stories that communicate what we do.
  • Being sent out to work with village communities to document their natural landscapes, knowledge or products.
  • Writing features and conducting interviews that help people understand the issues that impact our wild places.
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