Tobago is a spectacular island and a great eco tourism destination - thousands of people take vacations here every year and there is something for everyone, families and solo travelers. Most people think of Tobago as a luxury travel destination, but there are so many activities available like volunteering on community and conservation projects. You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, visit beautiful white sandy beaches beaches, join a horse trail, go trekking in nature tails, go mountain biking, bird watching, whale watching excursions, kayaking, explore rainforest or just kick back and relax at one of the many resorts. There is a lot more to this island than just beaches and scenery too, we highly recommend exploring villages like Castara, Charlotteville and Scarborough. Tobago is much more relaxed and tranquil compared to Trinidad and you will get a really authentic experience due to the lower tourism numbers compared to other countries in the region.
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Lots of major international airlines fly to Tobago inclcluding British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Monarch. You can also cross from Trinidad or visit the country via a cruise.
Tobago benefits from a warm sunny climate all year round due to is Caribbean location. Average temperates are around 30⁰C (84-86⁰F)Tobago has two annual seasons; wet season (July-November) and dry season (December-June) and lies outside of the hurricane belt.
Despite the islands small size on a map, you will be surpised by how much you can do here and there are so many worthwhile ways to spend a holiday like volunteering to help the environment, communities, nature and wildlife. Large international organisations like Habitat for Humanity have been working on the ground in this country for a number of years helping disadvantaged people by improving housing and infrastructure. Despite being a wealthy nation, not all the money is distributed evenly and an estimated 20% of the population live below the poverty line or in inadequte conditions. There is also a need for people to work to help animals like exotic birds and sea turtle conservation. You might also like to view more opportunities to volunteer in the Caribbean.
Most conservation projects are based around the town of Buccoo but there are other locations you might be based and living too like the community of Black Rock.
Tobago is blessed with incredible natural beauty and there is a stunning unspoilt rainforest which has been a protected area since 1776. The ocean around Tobago is very clean and crystal clear, you will get to see tropical fish like made famous in the film finding nemo, sharks and manta rays and also sea turtles. Due to increasing tourism and human activity there is an ever present need to help protect both land and sea areas for wildlife like sea turtles who lay their eggs on the coastal regions.
Turtle hatching season generally runs from March to September and some local organisations ask for a minimum stay of at least 4 weeks. You will be able to help with research, beach cleans and patrols both day and night. It will be a really special experience when you get to see turtles on the beach nesting and have the knowledge that you are help.
You will get to work alongside staff and other volunteers from all around the world, quite a cultural experience. These placements are perfect if you are studying for a degree and would like hands on experience, or if you just care about wildlife and are keen to actively help. You will meet some amazing people who have a genuine passion for taking care of the country and seeing a bright future for animals like sea turtles. This will be an experience you won't forget in a hurry, and even if you only stay a few weeks, you'll be able to help in some small way.
Some organiations charge a sign up fee to sign up, on these placements you usually get: