Signature Trips: Earthwatch Institute
Discover Earthwatch, a voluntourism experience that gives you access to hands-on field research and allows volunteers to work side-by-side with respected scientists to discover, document, and protect some of this planet's most spectacular places, animals, and cultures. Earthwatch has been working for 40 years to provide citizen science opportunities to people from all walks of life. With your help, field scientists from around the world will continue working to find solutions to the most challenging environmental issues of our time.
Learn more about Earthwatch's Amazon Riverboat Signature Trip below. The $5,000 Travel for Good voluntourism grant can be used for this trip. Plus, Earthwatch has more than 50 projects in countries worldwide available for purchase.
Amazon Riverboat Exploration
Help Dr. Richard Bodmer conserve the Amazon Basin's pink dolphins, giant river otters, monkeys, turtles, fish, and macaws and contribute to sustainable management strategies. Volunteers will live aboard the Ayapua, a restored boat from the Rubber Boom era, and work with a team of skilled Peruvian biologists to collect information about the wildlife populations in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, along the Samiria River, a major Amazon tributary.
Goals: In 2011, project goals include an effort to tie species density patterns to actual management activities and launching an investigation to understand the trade-offs between different species densities to determine if species and habitat management are required.
Learn More: Click here for further details on this expedition, upcoming trip dates, and more. Please note that you do not have to book this trip to apply for the $5,000 grant. Winners may book after receiving the award.