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Choosing a Conservation Gap Year in America: A Guide


So you’ve finished your studies, and are ready to explore the world. A gap year is an ideal way to see another country and experience a new culture, as well as learning some valuable skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you are considering a gap year, you have the world at your feet, and choosing where to go and what to do can be a challenge. However, America, both north and south, offers a wealth of opportunities for incredible gap year experiences. Whether you want to enjoy discovering a new culture, volunteering, or earn some money by working, this guide gives you some ideas about choosing a conservation gap year in America.

Mexico: This country in Central America is a great place to go for a gap year, especially if you are interested in marine life. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is part of a national marine park, and there are plenty of opportunities to contribute to the studies of aquatic life, and the effects of climate change. The warm climate and tasty local cuisine make it a great place to spend some time. What’s more, getting around to explore the country is easy when you have a rental car.

Costa Rica: This country has some of the most un-spoilt rainforests in the world, and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. It is also home to some of the most active volcanoes on the planet and an abundance of stunning beaches. Spending time in this diverse country will help you develop your Spanish speaking skills as well as giving you the chance to take part in some important conservation programs.

Peru: Home of Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan site in the heart of the Andes mountain range, Peru has many conservation areas that are an excellent destination for a gap year. How about assisting with reforesting the jungle, making records of animal sightings, or helping to keep jungle trails well maintained? There are lots of options to choose from, and you can truly immerse yourself in the culture of the country and enjoy the amazing landscape.

USA: In the United States of America, you will find countless conservation projects across the country where you can help protect natural landscapes and wildlife while on a gap year. Some of the most incredible forests include the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, or if you prefer studying marine life, the country has a diverse range of coastline habitats and climates.

Enjoying a conservation gap year is about so much more than having a break from studying or working. It is about giving your time to a worthwhile cause and learning from your experiences that will put you in a good place to be able to make a difference in the future. You are also likely to make lots of new friends in the process. So, if you are thinking about taking a conservation gap year, America is an outstanding destination!