There is no shortage of needed assistance throughout the globe. People from many places and cultures are experiencing hardship and in need of a helping-hand. This is the world we live in, and are continually learning how to share it. If you’re thinking of volunteering abroad, your goals and target audience is entirely up to you. As you consider the opportunities for volunteering, maybe also consider volunteering for wildlife conservation and protecting endangered species.
Wildlife Conservation is a way to help the creatures of the earth that have no voice and are continually sharing in a tumulus relationship with mankind. It is said that nature is perfect, and while this may be true, humans have done a good job of tainting this perfection. Volunteering is a way to be a liaison between the humans and the animals. It is an opportunity for you to make a difference in preserving animal habitat, rather than participate in its destruction. Regretfully, you probably won’t be given a “thank you letter” for your efforts, but this particular job will be notable all the same.
What’s great about wildlife conservation is that it is still an opportunity to travel abroad and see the world. Animals across the globe could use the kind-hand of a you, as a volunteer. You could find yourself volunteering in Thailand with the local elephants with a rocky past. Or you could travel to Africa and see even bigger elephants with equally large hearts and needs. You could volunteer abroad with sea turtles in Central America, or giant pandas in China. Even lions, tigers, and bears may be considered fortuitousness creatures of the earth, they are also leading a fragile existence and in need of preservation.
Working in wildlife and helping to protect endangered species can offer positive outcomes for the volunteer. It may also be dirty work. Because you will be working in outside environments and in various weather conditions. Consider it part of the fun, as you’re knee-deep in mud, sweating on an African safari, or drenched from tropical rains. Volunteering is an adventure, which is one of the reasons to do it in the first place. The outcome could be healthier animal, and for you, a more satisfied heart.
Human fascination with animals is timeless. As we continually better understand them, we can also better understand our role in our relationship with them. Take the time to volunteer for wildlife conservation and help protect endangered species, and see what a wonderful world we live in!
Blake Sherman is a freelance writer and volunteer specialist. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To see other writings by Mr. Sherman visit his blog