Top 3 Conservation and Environmental Science Programs for Travel in 2021

It’s tough to know where you can travel responsibly in 2021 with reduced risk to you and the local communities. But an environmental program offers one of the best options to stay away from the crowds and make a positive impact! We’ve compiled a list of our top 3 Conservation and Environmental Science programs to make your search easier. Peruse these amazing options and then check out our full list of programs available in 2021!

Travel in 2021 - Agroforestry

Agroforestry and Environmental Conservation in Ecuador

Interested in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, Ecology, Biology or Agriculture? Help conserve this incredible cloud forest, respecting natural and cultural diversity by protecting resources and biodiversity for future generations. On this family-owned reserve, a team works to restore land through reforestation and agroforestry with the ultimate goal of achieving sustainability through agriculture and ecotourism.

Get involved in sustainability efforts first-hand, reach out to the community, gain experience in your field, and immerse yourself in a landscape like no other!

Travel in 2021 - Wilderness

Community Water Access and Elephant-Human Relations in Namibia

Damaraland, a vast, scarcely populated communal trust, has become a natural, unfenced refuge for desert-adapted animals such as black rhino, oryx, giraffe, springbuck, kudu, steenbok, baboon, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, brown hyena, black backed jackal – and elephants! This area is still regarded as one of the last true wildernesses left on earth. (And hey, that sounds low-risk in terms of Covid-19 exposure to us!)

Camp under the stars, learn how to track elephant herds, monitor individuals’ overall health, record life events – and so much more. Learn about the stability of the ecosystem and why these desert elephants react the way they do to water!

Ready to adventure into the wilderness and get to know elephants on another level?

Travel in 2021 - Climate Change

Climate Change Action in Vietnam

Are you looking to gain relevant work experience while you explore the world? Interested in issues of environmental concern, like climate change? Looking to expand your perspective? Travel to Vietnam and work for an NGO tackling this important issue! There, you’ll learn about the inner workings of sustainable agriculture initiatives, rural livelihoods, climate change adaptation, forestry governance, research and pro-poor policy advocacy, gaining relevant experience for your resume.

To give you a sense of the options available to you, one of our interns assisted with the development of proposals to support short- and long-term climate change strategies and liaised with partners through climate change networks! Depending on your areas of interest, we have various options available.


Head’s up, we also have two more amazing internships in Vietnam that you might be interested in, also scheduled to reopen in fall 2021: Water Pollution and Environmental Engineering, and Sustainable Agriculture.

Want More Than the Top 3?

Well what about Sustainability in South Africa? We even have a Marine Conservation project that combines Conservation work with safari tours and sight-seeing in three African countries. Bonus? You could earn your International Diver Certification in the process!

And don’t forget, we’ve compiled a full list of program options for 2021 here. As you’ll see, there are a range of internships and service-learning placements available in jungles, deserts and coasts around the world. Remember, our Placement Advisors are standing by. We’ll be here to help you navigate travel in 2021 and all that it entails. (If you’re interested in learning more about our Covid-19 safety protocols, you can also find out more here.)

But also, don’t forget to check out our featured Wildlife Conservation programs for more ideas!

Travel in 2021 - Sustainability
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