Volunteering in a Megadiverse spot
I posted this question as a response to another thread, but I figured I’d get more visibility if I posted this as a thread of its own:
Does anyone know of any place with mega-high biodiversity (like Damun Valley, Napo Wildlife Center, somewhere in India or the Central African Republic) where I can volunteer for a few weeks during the summer?
I’ve contacted clouded leopard researchers back in the “dizzay” (around 2-3 years ago) explaining to them my passion for deepening our understanding of the behavioral patterns of some of the world’s most elusive mammals, and bringing them into light thereby increasing the awareness and conservation efforts blah blah blah.. But nobody had anything available in the field.
I want to volunteer in the field, obviously, not in an office somewhere in the USA.. Somewhere where I can help teach English/set up camera traps/ collect data/ enter data (data entry)/ even lead guided night tours or anything that doesn’t require hard physical labor. I’ve contacted Napo Wildlife Center and they haven’t replied. Really, I just want to spend some weeks during the summer, in a place where I can contribute during the day like 5-6 days a week, have basic living conditions (food, beds, showers) without having to pay for it (or pay very little), and explore the area on my free time in search of awesome infrequently-seen animals.
places of interest would be any biodiversity hotspot in Southern or South-Eastern Asia, anywhere relatively safe in Central Africa, if there are any good places in Sichuan or places in the Amazon that have a high concentration of species I haven’t seen (especially short-eared and bush dogs, margays, jaguarundis, oncilla, grisons, giant armadillos, sakis, bearded sakis and uakaris, and tayra is pretty much everywhere, though I still haven’t seen one)
Does anyone know of anything?
PS – some background: Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, currently studying for Master’s in Mechanical Engineering; Speaks English & Hebrew fluently, 3 years of French; Obviously good with computers / Microsoft Office programs; have conducted systematic studies on Geoldi’s Marmosets as part of an undergraduate symposium in collaboration with the St. Louis Zoo…
Obvious passion for nature and conservation.
Thanks in advance!