Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide Paperback – Jun 19 2012
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This timely and important guide is a must-read for anyone who wants to contribute properly and positively to wildlife conservation.' Kate Humble, TV presenter 'A comprehensive guide which helps to identify and explore the issues surrounding volunteering, whilst also providing a reliable and objective assessment of the companies offering volunteering experiences.' Justin Francis, founder, responsibletravel.com 'An extremely useful starting point for any conservation volunteer faced with the tricky task of finding a project that is appropriate for them and also genuinely contributes to wildlife and environmental conservation.' Richard Hammond, greentraveller.co.uk 'This guide is an extremely useful reference ...' BBC Wildlife
About the Author
Peter Lynch is a freelance travel writer. He has been on several conservation volunteer expeditions and is the author of the first edition of Bradt's Wildlife and Conservation Volunteering.
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When I saw the pre-publication announcement for Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering, The Complete Guide by Peter Lynch, I was very eager to hold it in my hands.
Many of the organizations listed were new to me as they are predominantly based in the U.K. Besides covering the standard information of the type of projects offered and the price, Mr. Lynch delves deep into the administrative operations of the agencies with discussions on background, credibility, organization, where the money goes (ranging from no information to 70% support going to the projects), pre-departure preparation, environment, safety, demonstrable achievement and post-trip follow up. At the start of the discussion of each agency, there is an easy to read graphic showing the scores on the above mentioned indicators. I found it very helpful in comparing one agency with another.
As I had experience with several of the agencies, I was interested to see how they rated in the categories. My first agency scored between 3.75 - 5.00 (5.00 being the highest score) with most scores above 4.25. The 3.75 scores were for where the money goes (66% to the projects) and post-trip follow up. My second agency had a range of 1.25-4.25 with their highest score for in-the-field experience and the lowest scores for achievements and money (only 30% spent in the country and none on the actual projects). As I reviewed the discussion for the agencies I had used, I felt that the evaluations were fair and level handed.
While I had expected the book to include a compilation of agencies that focused on wildlife and conservation issues, I was thrilled to see the chapter and flow chart devoted to how to locate the best placement for your interest. There were many helpful charts with room for notes for potential volunteers to determine which species they prefer, what country they want to visit and where they choose to spend their time and money. Also valuable is the Country Guide in Appendix #1 that organizes the countries covered first by region and then by name. In the appendix, each country is analyzed for important travel issues such as carbon footprint, wealth indicators, risks and environmental issues and helpful information such as time zones and seasons as well as visas.
The only downside to any book that covers wildlife and conservation volunteering is that not all countries were represented. Mr. Lynch is already planning the next edition and he requests that his readers send him information on other agencies to be included.
Thank you Mr. Lynch. Well done. I look forward to your next edition.
Author of Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation