United Planet Offers New Opportunities to Volunteer with Animals & Wildlife in Peru and Costa Rica

International Volunteers Can Learn about Animal Care and Rescue While Experiencing Cultural Immersion
June 28, 2011 - PRLog -- Boston, MA (June 28, 2011) – United Planet, which sends hundreds of volunteers overseas every year, has responded to demand for more opportunities to work with animals and wildlife in developing countries. During a United Planet Short-term program (lasting from one to twelve weeks), volunteers can nurture traumatized animals in Peru or conserve wildlife or protect sea turtles in Costa Rica.  

"We're excited to offer more opportunities for volunteers to work directly with animals," says Theresa Higgs, Vice President of Global Operations at United Planet.  “These programs are part of a broad approach to environmental conservation, which in turn is part of a sustainable long-term approach to societal development.  Plus, working with animals is important, rewarding -- and fun."

Peru and Costa Rica are two of the most popular destinations for United Planet; the animal projects qcsed do require the volunteers to speak some basic Spanish, but not at an advanced level.

Of the sea turtle program, a recent volunteer remarked, "Going to Costa Rica was definitely a learning experience. I really enjoyed working hands on with the turtles in Matapalo. The work was physically demanding but when you released the babies into the ocean it was definitely worth the lack of sleep."

For more detail about the programs, visit www.unitedplanet.org/animal-wildlife-volunteer-quests.

About United Planet
United Planet, an international non-profit based in Boston, MA, strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

Founded in 2001, United Planet has worked with local communities all over the world to find meaningful work for volunteer travelers. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, founded in 1949. For more information visit http://www.unitedplanet.org
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