Environmental Volunteer Abroad

Work as an environmental volunteer abroad in Brazil at the Tijuca Rainforest, in Uganda with Biodiversity or with reforestation in Ecuador's cloud forest.

With programs in Brazil, Ecuador, and Uganda, IKPVA has several opportunities for you to get involved in environmental protection volunteering. Depending on the program you sign up for, a few tasks you can help with include planting and seeding organic gardens, conducting educational workshops in schools, building and maintaining ecological treks, promoting ecotourism initiatives, inventorying plants, and much more. While you don’t need background experience to apply for these programs, you should be fit and willing to take on physically demanding work outdoors.

Environmental Volunteer Work in Brazil

Do you enjoy the outdoors and don’t mind digging in the dirt and challenging yourself? Then environmental volunteer work is for you. There are many opportunities, in Brazil at the Tijuca Rainforest and a Community Garden in a Rio Favela, and many more volunteer programs available, in Uganda, with Biodiversity, and Ecuador with reforestation in the Cloud Forest and biological farming.

Environmental Volunteering abroad in Brazil, Ecuador, Uganda...

Felipe with Samara Cipriano volunteering at Rio de Janeiro's National Park

Felipe and his family volunteer at Rio de Janeiro’s National Park

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Urban Environmentalism Program at Tijuca Rainforest in Rio de Janeiro

Urban Environmentalism Program in Rio de Janeiro – Elisa

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One of the best experiences of my life!

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Community Garden in Rio de Janeiro

Volunteer with a Community Garden in Rio de Janeiro

If you enjoy the outdoors you can volunteer with a community garden in Rio de Janeiro. Volunteers help growing vegetables ...
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Volunteer on Reforestion in Ecuador's Rainforest

Volunteer on Reforestation in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

Work as an environmental volunteer with the reforestation of Ecuador’s cloud forest and help achivieving lang-lasting positive results both for ...
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Biodiversity and Environmental Program in Uganda

Biodiversity and Environmental Protection Program in Uganda

Volunteer in Uganda and help to save and protect the biodiversity of the environment. Uganda depends heavily on environment and ...
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Environmental Volunteering at Rio"s Tijuca Rainforest

Environmental Volunteering at Rio’s Tijuca Rainforest

Environmental Volunteering at the Tijuca National Forest helps preserving the world’s largest urban forest. You can volunteer on a reforestation project ...
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Zach Luster volunteering in Uganda

Volunteering in Uganda on Construction – Zach Luster

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Environmental Program in Rio de Janeiro

Environmental Program: Great Experience in Rio

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Theses projects offer a wide range of environmental protection activities aiming to restore and help preserving World’s natural wonders.

The whole world depends heavily on environment and natural resources. However, these resources are subjected to environmental problems that put the economic and environmental sustainabilty at risk. Due to soil degradation, deforestation, drainage of wetlands, loss of biodiversity, pollution and unsanitary conditions the future of humanity at risk.

Experiences of Environmental Volunteers


Children planting seeds in a tree nursery in an environment protection projectVolunteering in this program you can help to support and develop some of the most precious natural spaces while providing alternatives to incorporate the needs of local communities.

We have established partnerships with a number of community groups and environmental projects that promote responsible initiatives around the world.

You might assist communities with the design, establishment and management of tree nurseries, tree planting, reforestation activities and also help in community gardens that generate food to poor families. Through these activities you should help to reduce pressure on natural forests and contribute to forest protection, while creating sustainable livelihoods for community members.


Environmental Volunteer Work in DetailVolunteer teaching children to plant trees on an environment protection projetc

Depending on the season tasks may include, but not limited to:

  • Planting, seeding, helping in organic gardens;
  • Offer educational workshops in schools;
  • Help to build and maintain ecological treks;
  • Develop socio-environmental projects;
  • Promote eco-tourism initiatives;
  • Help to create alternative solutions to the ever-increasing environmental problems created by plastic residues, waste, and pollution;
  • Inventorying plants;
  • You may prepare vegetable gardens & nursery beds. These vegetables are later distributed to the local communities for free.


 Volunteer digging in the forest to plant trees in an environment protection project

Skills required for Environmental Volunteer Work

No prerequisite skills are necessary for environmental programs, but please note that many of the projects are quite physical and dependent of seasonal conditions. Volunteers should be motivated, enthusiastic and in good physical condition.