Some would argue that living in this era means being either a savior or destroyer of the planet Earth. We'd like to think our impact professionals are on the savior side of the world's history.
This time we focus on the so-called "Earth's lungs". Latin America and the Caribbean are known worldwide for their importance in keeping the rest of the planet in balance, from the extensive lines of natural reefs in the Caribbean to the planet's largest and most diverse rainforest.
We found these interesting Impact Organizations that are devoting all their efforts to save our planet in the Latin America and Caribbean Region, as follows:
Earthwatch connects people with scientists worldwide to conduct environmental research and empowers them with the knowledge they need to conserve the planet. Earthwatch offered eco-friendly expeditions in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. To contact Earthwatch on how to get involved, visit earthwatch.org/contact.
Ya’axché believes in preserving the link between healthy ecosystems in nature and healthy communities in the 770,000 acre Maya Golden Landscape of southern Belize. They protect wild places and collaborate with communities to address issues such as deforestation, food security, poverty, and impacts of climate change in order to promote sustainable development. To volunteer with Ya’axché, visit yaaxche.org/support-us/join-us.
EcoTourism Belize is connecting nature, wildlife, and communities for a more sustainable world. EcoToursim Belize carefully designs authentic experiences through local guidance, while minimizing impact on the natural environment and reinvesting in conservation. To contact them, visit ecotourismbelize.com/contact-us.
Iwokrama promotes eco-tourism, sustainable forestry, and climate change prevention. Iwokrama provides a dedicated site currently collaborating with the Government of Guyana, the Commonwealth, and other international partners including the UK company Canopy Capital, developing a new approach to enable countries with rainforests to earn significant income from ecosystem services and creative conservation practice. Iwokrama is located in Georgetown, Guyana. To contact them, visit iwokrama.org/contact-us.
Vida Silvestre offers conservation management and environmental education in Uruguay. Vida Silvestre collaborates with communities, municipalities, the national government, educational entities, companies, and other NGOs. To get involved, visit vidasilvestre.org.uy/contacto.
The Green Heritage Fund Suriname (GHFS) is a charitable nonprofit that reinvests all earnings in programs to improve the fate of wild animals and to promote sustainable use of natural resources. GHFS currently runs four programs, which seek to ensure sustainable development of Suriname’s natural resources and biodiversity. Based in Paramaribo, Suriname, to learn more about GHFS volunteer opportunities, visit greenfundsuriname.org/volunteer.
The Committee for the Defense of Fauna and Flora (CODEFF) is a non-government, citizen, national, participatory, and nonprofit organization from Chile. CODEFF supports the conservation of nature, the environment, and sustainable development.
CODEFF is headquartered in Santiago with subsidiaries in Maule and Aysén, Chile. For volunteer opportunities, visit codeff.cl/hazte-voluntaria.
Conservação Internacional uses science, policy, and partnerships to conserve critical ecosystems that provide food and water, sustain economies and regulate the climate. Their conservation efforts focus on the Amazon, Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, and the ocean. Conservação Internacional has three offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Santarem in Brazil. They currently have nine job openings on their site ranging from project coordinators to legal consultants. To view the opportunities, visit conservation.org/brasil/oportunidades.
La Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador - Ecuador's Indigineous Confederation for Preservation
La Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE) is an organization that brings together the indigenous nationalities, peoples, communities, centers, and associations of Ecuador. Under a consolidated organization, CONAIE protects indigineous lands and exercises its people’s human rights. To contact CONAIE, visit conaie.org/contactos.
The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research. CDF has carried out its mission in the Galapagos since 1959, thanks to an agreement with the Government of Ecuador and with the mandate to pursue and maintain collaborations with government agencies by providing scientific knowledge and technical assistance to promote and secure conservation of Galapagos. CDF offers volunteer, scholarship, research, fellowship, job, and other partnership opportunities on their site. CDF has a job opening for a Chief Curator for the Galapagos Natural History Collections. To learn more, visit darwinfoundation.org/en/get-involved/vacancies/jobs.
The Torres del Paine National Park located in the Chilean Patagonia is 227,298 hectares of diverse terrain with hundreds of kilometers of trail. This UNESCO biosphere reserve attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The Torres del Paine National Park legacy fund promotes responsible tourism that protects the region’s world-renowned natural and cultural heritage. The Torres del Paine National Park offers partnership and volunteer opportunities. To learn more, visit tdplegacyfund.org/volunteer-sign-up. You can also email them directly at [email protected].