“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — Henry David Thoreau
The EwA guides and etiquettes† cover a great deal of information about wildlife watching and, nature & wildlife conservation travel and volunteering. These guides provide essential details to help you research and assess any wildlife and/or conservation opportunities. They also prepare you to live and promote a relevant volunteering or wildlife touring experience.
Here, for the benefit of the first-time volunteer, the EwA Basics of Wildlife & Nature Volunteering pulls together some useful information based on questions that we get asked a lot, as well as it helps the reader navigate the EwA guides and etiquettes.
First Time Nature Volunteering? We’ve got you covered!
⏸ Before we start, remember that volunteering should be treated like a job. You may have paid money to do it, but you are committing your time, skills, and energy to a purpose. The organizations who are hosting you for the time of a mission depend on your help and work. Also, don’t expect the comforts of your home and do expect the unexpected. Respect their way of life.
1 | What type of volunteering should I start with?
2 | Where do I start searching?
3 | I’ve heard that a lot of companies are just a front and aren’t really about volunteering...
4 | Where does the money I pay go to?
5 | What would I be expected to do?
6 | How safe is it?
7 | Can I go on my own?
8 | What should I expect?
9 | Will they speak my language?
10 | What type of insurance do I need?
11 | What kind of visa should I apply for?
12 | What happens when I get there? Will the airport be busy? Will I get picked up?
13 | What should I pack? How much to pack?
14 | Will there be bugs and can I get sick from them?
15 | How much money should I bring? How do I tip?
16 | How do I contact people?
17 | What are the rules of conduct over there?
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