Volunteers don’t need any conservation experience. The only requirements are a sense of adventure, a desire to make a difference and a willingness to remain flexible and positive through ever changing project work, locations, and weather conditions.
Projects will be outdoors in all types of weather. Extensive hiking is often involved, sometimes in extreme conditions such as elevations above 9,000 feet (3,000 meters), 100 degree heat, freezing temperatures, steep terrain, rainstorms, high winds, etc. While it’s not necessary to be superhuman, volunteers should be generally fit, comfortable with living outdoors and flexible enough to enjoy the challenges presented by fickle weather conditions.
Due to the high elevations and the rigor of the tasks involved, this programme is not recommended for individuals with respiratory problems such as asthma. Additionally, if you have any past injuries which may flare up if you undertake extreme physical activities this programme would not be suitable for you. Project locations are often very remote and far from medical facilities. If you are in any doubt about your ability to take part in this programme, consult your doctor for advice.
The programme is carefully coordinated so that volunteers have sufficient time to make a real contribution while on a project, that there is ample time taken to rotate between projects and that volunteers have enough time off between projects to rest. This is achieved best if a volunteer stays for a longer duration. With volunteers staying for a shorter duration, the logistics become slightly more complicated and extra onsite administration is required in order to coordinate projects suited to tighter time restrictions. This essentially means that our local in-country partner charges the same fee even if a volunteer is staying longer.
At BUNAC we believe that each volunteer should be treated as an individual. All participants will have a one-to-one orientation interview by phone. It is not a formal interview, but a chance for us to get to know more about you and your reasons for volunteering. We’ll explain how the programme works and what you can expect, as well as going over issues such as health and security to help prepare you for your time away. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have.