“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever” ~ Kofi Annan. Critical to conservation, we also need those volunteers to be governed by a strong understanding of environmental ethics.
9 Indispensable Qualities of the Nature Volunteer
To optimize both our learning and our conservation impact
How we manage ourselves in the wild, and with our fellow volunteers & leaders on-site is absolutely critical. Improper conduct –often due to ignorance- can be detrimental to a project, to a species we are volunteering for, and to the whole group, we are part of. It is not unheard of that a person jeopardizes the safety of the mission as a result of non-intended recklessness, or that our ignorance actually fuels the extinction of a species.
Knowing is Caring: Learn before you go. Help your colleagues relating responsibly with Nature and Wildlife and inspire future volunteers…
1 | 💁🏾 Expectations
2 | 🌱 Mindfulness
3 | 💙 Commitment
4 | 🙆 Flexibility
5 | 🙏🏾 Respect
6 | 🙇🏼 Humbleness
7 | 👭 Friendliness
8 | ☮ Quietness
9 | ⚠ Alertness
If you’re joining a citizen science or a volunteering project, check our Explore guides and The Nature Traveler & Volunteer Essentials. These guides cover a great deal of information about wildlife tourism, and nature & wildlife conservation volunteering. They provide essential details for helping you research and assess any wildlife and/or conservation opportunities, and for preparing you to live and promote a relevant volunteering or wildlife touring experience.
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