Earthwatch is an international environmental charity whose mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
Earthwatch currently supports 61 environmental research projects in 31 countries by providing funds and paying volunteers who work alongside leading field scientists and researchers.
To ensure our research addresses pressing global environmental issues, Earthwatch preferentially funds projects that fit the focus of one or more of the following Research Areas: ecosystem services, climate change, oceans and cultural heritage.
Since 1971 the worldwide organisation has recruited over 85,000 volunteers in support of 2,800 field research projects in 118 countries. These volunteers have contributed over 10 million hours to essential field work.
Costs to join a project range from £850 to £1,995 and projects last from five to 16 days. The price paid is a charitable donation, which funds the research. Accommodation, food, training, emergency medical evacuation and the offsetting of greenhouse gases is included in the price, but flights are additional.
Earthwatch offset all greenhouse gas emissions associated with volunteer travel through an organisation called Climate Care. www.climatecare.org