If you want to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity, support vulnerable communities, live a moment out of time, make unforgettable encounters, observe wonderful animals and spend time exploring some of the most beautiful places on the planet, our ecovolunteer missions are for you!

Why go on an ecovolunteering trip?

At Naturevolution, we want our ecovolunteer missions to be an opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful remote corners of the planet, to marvel at the wild world, to contribute concretely and effectively to the protection of biodiversity or to the development of the communities that depend on it, to open up to the reality of conservation projects in the field and their socio-economic context, while experiencing a disconnection from the modern world and a reconnection to a way of life closer to nature and to people. Nothing but that! Almost a turning point in life :) In this sense, we are quite happy with the comments made by our ecovolunteers after our missions!

In addition, since 2014, ecovolunteering has a definition:

“Ecovolunteering is a solidarity and participative action that consists in helping, during one’s free time, a project related to the preservation and the enhancement of animal, plant, environmental and cultural diversity. The ecovolunteer is a committed and voluntary citizen and as such cannot receive any financial compensation for his action. – Ecovolunteer Collective

Our first team of volunteers in 2012 – we’ve come a long way since then!

What kind of missions?

We offer throughout the year :

  • Two types of ecovolunteer missions in Madagascar in the heart of the Makay massif, a gigantic labyrinth of canyons hosting a rare and unique biodiversity. Whether it’s helping villagers live better and more in harmony with their environment, collecting scientific data on a participatory science mission, or exploring the least visited corners of the massif with a specific scientific objective, you will contribute to our actions for the preservation of the Makay with our local team while discovering this biodiversity treasure chest.
  • Some ecovolunteer missions in Indonesia in the southeast of Sulawesi island which offers you the opportunity to take part in the various activities of our local team for the protection of the spectacular coastal ecosystems of a small paradise sometimes called the ‘mini Raja Ampat’, while discovering coral reefs and mangroves as well as the jungle that covers the surrounding karstic massifs.
Matarape Bay on the island of Sulawesi - Indonesia
Ecovolunteer missions on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia

Some practical details

Duration – Our nature and humanitarian volunteer missions last a minimum of 2 or 3 weeks. As we don’t go (anymore) to the other side of the world every day, it is possible to carry out several missions and to stay 4, 5 or 6 weeks with us, and thus to be even more useful and discover different aspects of our projects. We sleep in tents during the whole mission, except for one night in a hotel on arrival.

Price – From 1700€, excluding airfare, depending on the duration, location and type of mission. It should be noted that this cost, as well as your airfare, is 66% tax deductible (for French citizens only).

Who can come? All audiences are welcome, including families, as long as you are in good physical condition!

Eco-volunteer camp on Labengki Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Eco-volunteer camp on Labengki Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia

What are the impacts for conservation projects?

The benefits that ecovolunteers bring to the conservation projects we carry out in the field are threefold:

  • Direct contribution to the project

Whether it’s building a school, collecting scientific data on a lemur population, setting up a new tree nursery, doing village cleanups, or replanting a mangrove, some of the projects we conduct in the field simply could not happen without the presence of ecovolunteers, or would take much longer.

  • Year-round project funding

The financial participation paid by our international volunteer not only allows to pay for their mission (~50% of the amount) but also allows to finance the project in its entirety – material, logistics and teams – throughout the year. Since Naturevolution does not receive any large-scale institutional, together with private companies fundings, it is the regular arrival of ecovolunteers in the field since 2012 that has allowed us to finance our projects independently.

  • The dynamics generated by the presence of volunteers

The presence of ecovolunteers in the field generates indirect and unsuspected benefits for the projects. In Indonesia, community clean-ups of villages and beaches generate a certain enthusiasm and renewed motivation, not only among the inhabitants but also among the local authorities, who are sometimes a little surprised that ‘tourists’ cross the world and spend that much money to carry out such activities in their region. Moreover, an awareness-raising message on environmental preservation or ecotourism is all the more credible if it is physically demonstrated by the regular arrival of ecovolunteers and the initial economic benefits that this already generates.

Want to know more?

All the questions you may have about our missions will be answered on the following pages: