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Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. With us you can volunteer with the world’s most incredible wildlife in breath-taking environments; from orangutans in the Bornean rainforest, elephants in the Namibian desert, turtles in the Pacific Ocean, to lions in the southern African bush.Voluntourism and volunteering immerses the everyday person into the heart of the matter, at site, and delivers an experience like no other as you experience the life of an animal keeper or wildlife conservationist. Plus, every time someone volunteers with us, in addition to their fee which covers accommodation, food and transfers, we donate up to £350 to the project visited to help the project itself and the local community. Our ecotours and projects are not only designed to be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, but you will also join a project knowing that your travel truly does help save endangered animals through our donation and conservation schemes.
Our missionWe work with organisations worldwide to establish high standards in animal welfare and conservation within the tourism sector. The Great Projects believe in using sustainable tourism as a tool to positively impact local communities and at-risk environments to aid the conservation of endangered animals and fragile ecosystems.
Where we workIt all began with The Great Orangutan Project in Malaysian Borneo and after 8 years of working with local authorities, passionate project facilitators, and hard-working volunteers to create a sustainable, progressive and effective project, we decided to use the experiences and knowledge we had gained to expand our expertise to other projects in Asia, before heading across the ocean to Africa.
However, we’re not finished yet…watch this space!We now offer a variety of volunteer projects and tours across Africa and Asia that are focused on saving endangered animals, from orangutans, cheetahs, elephants, and even sharks and turtles!
Looking to the futureWith so many endangered, mistreated and injured animals in the world we are always on the look-out for new places to work and tour, and for methods to improve the projects that we already offer.
In order to ensure that our projects offer the best experiences for all involved (participants, animals, and the local community) we place great importance on building meaningful and trusting relationships with project staff and communities and heeding the advice of past volunteers.You won’t find any of our projects or tours exploiting the animals or the local area and community, and we won’t work with projects that do not adhere to responsible tourism standards.
The Great Projects’ sponsorship promiseIn September 2012, The Great Projects launched a promise to sponsor either a child from the Kisoro Demonstration School in Uganda or an orangutan at the International Animal Rescue in Indonesia, for a year, for each booking that we received in September, October and November 2012.
Thanks to the many fantastic volunteers we received during this time, we have been able to make a great contribution to both causes. We will post updates from Uganda and Indonesia throughout the year to show the progress being made, so be sure to check back to see where the donations have gone and the difference they’ve made!UK support
As our volunteers are generously giving up their time to get involved with conservation efforts on the projects we offer, we provide them with dedicated UK-based staff who ensure volunteers have informative and friendly help throughout all stages of their experience, from initial enquiry to return.Travel Insurance
The Great Projects have collaborated with Endsleigh Insurance to offer bespoke, project specific insurance to our volunteers from as little as £6.89 per week. The comprehensive insurance cover can be easily obtained directly from us and will cover you for exactly the activities you will be doing whilst volunteering abroad.Financial Protection
We know how important it is that our volunteers’ payments are properly protected and as such we are members of the Travel Trust Association. A volunteer’s payment is protected until they complete their placement to cover from any unprecedented cancellation costs.
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