At the heart of Beyond the Backpack is what truly inspired us, volunteering while travelling. Volunteering at an animal conservation organization has a profound impact on your life, and the impact you have on the lives of the animals is immeasurable.
Volunteering provides both time and money, the two things most needed by animal organizations. Time from the actual volunteers working there, and money from the volunteer fees which cover the expenses of the volunteer with the remaining money going to the care of the animals. By providing volunteers to one of our animal conservation partners, we're able to have an even bigger impact than only donating money.
And the most exciting part of our program? The funded volunteer giveaway where we cover your expenses to work at one of the rescue centres! It's a stringent application process to ensure you're right for the rescue centre and no doubt there will be plenty of competition. But it will be the opportunity of a lifetime to help save and protect endangered animals working one of the most fulfilling positions you'll ever have.
If you're not one of lucky ones selected for the funded positions, don't fret as you'll still be able to volunteer as there will be self funded positions open on each trip. Getting a volunteer spot at these rescue centres is often difficult due to the number of applicants they get, but as their partners we can help there.
Of course you want to know where these rescue centres are... how do Thailand, South Africa or Belize sound to you?! We can't give you the names or exact locations of our animal conservation partners just yet, but rest assured we've been to and vetted them and you'll love em!
We're in the midst of finalizing the details and the application process will be opening soon. Follow us on social media or join our email list to get the news as soon as it drops! In the meantime, consider supporting us! 100% of the profits from every product sold funds the volunteering.