5 Stellar Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

Find out how you can give back to Mother Earth by volunteering for the eco causes closest to your heart.

Oct 31, 2014
Volunteers donate their time to environmental causes.

Volunteers donate their time to cleaning up the planet. [Shutterstock image]

Whether you consider yourself a treehugger, planet saver or just someone who cares about the environment, a wonderful way to keep the earth healthy and green is to give back and volunteer. There are a myriad of different eco causes that need attention, so we have created this quick list of potential environmental volunteer opportunities and organizations who are looking for you to help out. Get ready to hike up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and lend a helping hand to Mother Nature.

1. CLEAN WATER

Water is quickly becoming the most precious resource in the world, and making sure everyone has access to potable water is top on your agenda.
LET US INTRODUCE: Charity:water
START VOLUNTEERING: The innovative nonprofit brings drinking water to people in developing countries. Qualified volunteers can conduct site visits to charity:water’s projects, assessing the implementation of the clean water technologies by taking photos and sending progress reports.
WHERE: 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America

Clean drinking water from a water fountain

Clean drinkable water from the fountain. [Image by Flickr user Darwin Bell]

2. TREES

Be the one that speaks for the trees by ensuring that they thrive, using your own two hands to plant seedlings and care for them.
LET US INTRODUCE: Tree People
START VOLUNTEERING: The nonprofit offers individuals and groups the chance to plant trees in local parks and city streets as well as take care of existing trees by watering, weeding and pruning.
WHERE: Los Angeles, California

Beautiful tree with the sun shining through the canopy of leaves

Trees provide shade and oxygen. [Shutterstock image]

3. OCEAN AND MARINE LIFE

If you are a water person, play your part in keeping the world’s bodies of water clean and free of debris along with protecting marine life.
LET US INTRODUCE: Marine Conservation Society [MCS]
START VOLUNTEERING: The veteran nonprofit has a new program specifically for volunteers called Sea Champions. MSC is enlisting people with a love for the sea to organize beach clean ups, fundraise and promote sustainable seafood choices in local communities.
WHERE: UK

An underwater shot of marine life.

A thriving world exists under the sea. [Shutterstock image]

4. ANIMALS AND WILDLIFE

Give a voice to all the creatures of the earth by donating your time to ensuring their safety and longevity.
LET US INTRODUCE: African Conservation Experience
START VOLUNTEERING: The volunteering abroad program offers a variety of tracks from protecting rhinos to rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife.
WHERE: Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius and Zimbabwe

Volunteer feeding a baby rhino with a bottle.

Volunteers will work with adorable rhinos. [Image courtesy of African Conservation Experience]

5. CLIMATE CHANGE

Have you noticed that the yearly seasons have become unpredictable with intense winters and an increase in natural disasters? If climate change is top on your agenda, there are ways to help curb global warming.
LET US INTRODUCE: Global Power Shift
START VOLUNTEERING: Advocacy is the name of the game and the ability to mobilize and organize is what will make the difference. The movement is looking for people from all across the world to come together to campaign for climate change awareness.
WHERE: International

The potential effects of global warming on the environment

The potential effects of global warming on the environment. [Shutterstock image]

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