GoEco is a leading eco-tourism company with a varied selection of affordable, ethical 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.
We make it our mission to help you make the most of your time abroad and that is why we start by getting to know you and your interests! GoEco provides you with all of the necessary information to help you make informed decisions about the project, the country and the time of year you want to go.
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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Jonathan Gilben and Jonathan Tal met in high school and instantly became friends, bonding over their appetite for travel and adventure. After graduating, they travelled extensively together around Southeast Asia – a captivating experience for them both.
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 turtle 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.
Soon after, they pushed the pilot project idea forward with approval from the Israeli Nature Park Authority. In 2006, GoEco received an official stamp declaring them a business which allowed them to bring international volunteers to the rescue center. They managed to sign up 12 devoted individuals for the first volunteer project, which turned out to be a huge success.
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.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our services. We offer excellent customer service from start to finish. All of our placement coordinators are volunteer tourism experts, providing current and prospective volunteers with accurate, up-to-date information on all of our projects and the countries in which they reside.
As an organization responsible for sending volunteers to foreign countries across the globe, safety is our top priority. We understand our participants’ primary concerns and that’s why we have 24-hour emergency support in addition to on-site and nearby project coordinators available to our volunteers for the entire duration of their project.
Our team is made up of passionate individuals who believe in what we do. Each member brings with them past volunteer experience so that they already understand and appreciate the value of our volunteers’ contributions abroad. We also encourage our team to indulge their passion through frequent trips to local projects.
We operate in close partnership with a variety of organizations across the globe. It is our goal to have the greatest selection of volunteer projects with the widest possible appeal. We are always aiming to cover more ground, forming additional partnerships in new destinations, while ensuring we offer our volunteers innovative opportunities.
We continuously seek out volunteer programs that enable anyone driven to contribute to a cause, the opportunity to participate in a project. We always aim to find a solution to overcome an obstacle, when there are concerns about a disability or a health issue. We strive to tailor our projects to suit our volunteers’ needs so that everyone has the chance to make a difference abroad.
Please refer to our Ethical Values for more information.