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Eco-Volunteerism in Asia

by Erich Martin

Aug 31, 2018

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Trends / Voluntourism

It is possible for travelers to do well for the earth even while traveling.


That is the idea behind eco-tourism. Volunteer organizations like GoEco give travelers the ability to see the world while also volunteering for a good cause. GoEco has a number of programs based all over the world, including Asia.


GoEco programs in Asia range from one-week dispatches to working with giant pandas to 12-week adventures working with sea turtles.


Eco-volunteerism is a great way to travel because it allows travelers to give back to the regions they visit while getting up-close and personal with the inhabitants, be they people or animals.


The main difference and advantage many see in eco-tourism comes when travelers examine the good they are doing. There are innumerable ways volunteers can help make their travel fulfilling and beneficial for everyone involved. Programs from GoEco vary from big cat rescue to monkey rehabilitation to community development by being embedded in a community and volunteering. No matter how you want to contribute as a traveler, there are ways to do it.


When travelers look at the price tag associated with volunteering overseas, some are shaken. The money eco-volunteer tourists pay goes toward funding the initiatives in which travelers are participating. Hefty price tags will often include travel health insurance and food for the trip, in addition to funding the projects for the future.


Best of all, if you decide eco-volunteerism is something worth pursuing, but are not interested in going to Asia, organizations like GoEco have programs all over the world.








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