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Voluntourism Spotlight: Conservation Volunteers in the UK

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The United Kingdom is known for its formal gardens and historic homes, but this week’s voluntourism spotlight focuses on protecting and growing the smaller green spaces–local community parks and gardens. Learn more about the Conservation Volunteers in this weekend’s broadcast of Peter Greenberg Worldwide and check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities.

Founded in 1959, The Conservation Volunteers support green initiative projects throughout the United Kingdom. The project has since spread to other countries, but its roots lie in the UK. Supporting national parks, historic houses, and other protected reserves leaves little time or funds for the government to allocate to smaller community spaces.

The Conservation Volunteers takes matters into its own hands. This project dedicates its time and energy to conserving community parks, recreational, and open spaces in local neighborhoods and abroad.

Volunteers for this organization can participate in long-term rebuilding projects and alternative vacations, or they can join in a day activity. With over two thousand community groups with on going projects, The Conservation Volunteers enables those in any area of the United Kingdom  with the ability to give back and keep their neighborhood green. For the more adventurous volunteer, the organization hosts national and international Conservation Holidays. Upcoming trips include an excursion to Iceland in June to help rebuild trails in Skaftafell National Park.

Getting started with the organization is easy. Participants in working holidays or community groups must be at least 16 years old; those participating in international excursions must be at least 18 years old. The fees vary for holiday trips, but include food and lodging.

By Darra Stone for