GoEco is a leading eco-tourism company with a varied selection of affordable volunteer projects abroad. Our team is made up of experienced and passionate specialists who are eager to give you the voluntourism vacation of a lifetime!
We act as a gateway to over 150 extraordinary community, wildlife and environmental initiatives all over the world thanks to our great partnerships. Our providers are well diversified, ranging from local community groups to renowned global organizations. All of our projects are carefully vetted to ensure every volunteer experience meets our standards and yours.
Our goal is for you to leave your host country with an even greater passion for volunteering and a desire to share your experience with others when you return home.
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It came as no surprise when they both chose to study Geography. They wanted to learn more about the communities and wildlife they had encountered on their trip. In Gilben’s final year of study he signed up to volunteer with a sea turtles’ project in Mexico in search of an unique ecological experience. His experience was so inspiring that he approached the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Michmoret, Israel about volunteering; convincing Tal to join him.
Within their first week of volunteering, Gilben and Tal thought up a pilot project where wildlife enthusiasts would come from abroad to volunteer with them. They continued volunteering at the rescue center for two years while they figured out how to bring their idea to fruition. Both Gilben and Tal became increasingly passionate about the sea turtles, deciding to participate in a sea turtle rescue project in Greece. It was on this trip that GoEco was conceptualized.
During the first year of operation , GoEco was primarily focused on bringing volunteers to help with sea turtle conservation along the Mediterranean coast. They then started contacting international NGOs about sending local volunteers overseas to do similar work. One of the first volunteer experiences abroad was a wildlife initiative in South Africa with a partner with whom GoEco still works with today.
Since launching in 2006, GoEco has sent thousands of individuals to participate in over 150 volunteer projects around the world. They have also expanded their office to include a passionate team dedicated to offering volunteers the best experiences abroad.
Child Protection Policy
At GoEco we pride ourselves on the safety measures that we take for all of our volunteers. With the exception of several programs specifically for volunteers age 15-17, GoEco does not accept solo travelers who are under the age of 16. Volunteers on these specific teen programs are highly supervised by the local team. Volunteers aged 16 -17, may be accepted to many of our other projects with parental consent, but in this case they agree to manage themselves in an responsible and professional manner.
Additionally, we offer 24/7 support through both our local, on-site teams and our 24-hour emergency support phone line. Country-specific safety tips can be found in our pre-departure documents that are sent to volunteers once they have been confirmed on a placement.
For every one of our programs that involves working with children or other vulnerable communities, a police clearance form is required from the prospective volunteer. We believe in protecting the children who are on the receiving end of our volunteer programs, and work with partners who hold volunteers to the same requirements. Our pre-departure kits that we send to the volunteers before their arrival include the rules of conduct that volunteers must abide by in order to participate in the program.
Monitoring and Evaluation
At the heart of all GoEco programs is a sustainability goal, GoEco carefully researches and selects only volunteer programs and organizations that are directly in line with our goals and values. We also monitor and evaluate the effect of our programs to ensure that they are, indeed, making a positive impact and are sustainable with long-term goals. Our wildlife programs all have trained staff on-site who supervise volunteers. We also collect data from our wildlife partners on the progress of the animals in rehabilitation and track the number of releases from the rehabilitation programs where this is possible. We work with many research-based programs that produce vital data that has been published in global research databases. Our medical programs each have a list of minimum requirements,including proof of qualification for being a medical volunteer. Medical volunteers are assigned only those tasks which they are qualified to perform.
GoEco works with partners who understand the importance of sustainability and whose projects work towards achieving a long-term goal. GoEco does not work with any organization or program that does not contribute to a long-term positive impact. All programs that Goeco promotes are programs that address a genuine need, whether this be the conservation of an animal species, the necessary construction of community buildings or the teaching of English to non-native speakers to help them excel in their academic studies. Homestays with local families are offered on several of our programs, which help tie the volunteers to the community in which they are volunteering, even more.