Is Patagonia wildlife conservation right for me?
Are you passionate about protecting our planet? Would you like to live in one of the most fascinating ecosystems in the world? Then this is the perfect project for you!
It’s well-suited to anyone that loves the outdoors and has a passion for nature. You’ll be working with experienced environmentalists and monitoring fascinating species, including whales and pumas.
It’s also a good choice if you’re planning a career in conservation. You will add experience to your CV and have plenty to talk about in future job interviews. In addition, being actively involved will demonstrate your commitment to conservation work and you’ll be able to learn directly from environmentalists.
You don't need experience to join. We will teach you everything you need and the Projects Abroad team will support you whenever you need it.
Our Conservation Volunteering in Patagonia takes place all year round and you can join at any time.
Where will I be based in Patagonia?
You’ll be staying at “La Esperanza'' wildlife refuge, around 80km north of the city of Puerto Madryn. It has 12km of beautiful coastline on the San Matías Gulf and covers an area of 6,700 hectares. Guanacos, pumas, sea lions and other species live there throughout the year. Every year it is visited by southern right whales, orcas, humpback whales and dolphins.
Puerto Madryn is a city in the northeast of the Chubut province in Argentina. The city is located on the shores of the Golfo Nuevo, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is considered the gateway to the Valdés peninsula, declared in 1999 as a World Heritage Site by Unesco and a Biosphere Reserve since 2015. It is one of the most important tourism centers in the entire region and the country, also considered as the national capital of diving.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The objective of this project is to conserve and preserve the unique and abundant flora and fauna of the coastal steppe of Patagonia. We strive to achieve this goal through hands-on activities and research.
Many of the indigenous species are under threat due to invasive species that have been introduced. Many plants and animals in this ecosystem are unique, so protecting them is essential. By participating in our project you will contribute to their protection and help them to survive.
"La Esperanza" also needs all the help you can give. The park is understaffed and environmentalists need support to carry out the necessary monitoring and research activities.
We also seek to make a greater impact through our conservation education program. By teaching children and local communities the importance of environmental conservation, we hope to involve more people in our efforts.
We work on three long-term goals in this project:
- Promote the restoration of natural habitats
- Protect local wildlife
- Raise awareness in the local community about the importance of protecting the environment
Join as an environmental volunteer in Patagonia and help us preserve and protect nature!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
This project is located on the north coast of Patagonia; a perfect place to explore the natural beauties of the region. You’ll have weekends free, which means that you’ll have plenty of time to travel further afield.
It’s worth making a visit to Peninsula Valdés, a World Heritage Site, where you can observe whales, penguins and orcas in their natural environment. You will also be able to visit the Punta Tombo Reserve, a colony of more than a million penguins.
Make sure not to miss out on diving! PuertoMadryn is the national capital of diving and you can swim with sea lion pups and explore sunken ships. The city has a wide variety of restaurants and museums for your days off.
You can also make excursions to the Chubut River Valley to learn about the culture of the local Welsh colony and visit the foremost paleontological museum in the country.
The best thing about joining our projects is that you can meet other volunteers and interns, so you can explore on your own or together with a group of your new friends.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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