Overview

As an eco-volunteer in France, you will help safeguard area bird ecosystems threatened by human activity. This project focuses on improving the environmental conditions in wetlands and natural reserves around the country where urban development has caused disruption to migratory patterns, issues with breeding, and in some cases, even injuring or endangering the lives of the birds.

The natural flora and fauna of France, as with many eco-systems around the world, live in a delicate balance. Even the slightest disruption in aviary activity can have negative downstream effects. These eco-systems require regular human assistance in protecting their health.

Volunteers will be able to assist in protecting the environment and the health of the birds by:

  • Caring for threatened & endangered species, especially wild birds
  • Monitoring the health of animals & birds in the rescue center for eventual release back into the wild
  • Restoring natural sites by planting native plant species or trimming & pruning existing ones
  • Building new park infrastructure, such as fences and gates
  • Maintaining existing infrastructure like paths and common park areas
  • Doing environmental outreach to teach people about the importance of environmental protection

Program Dates

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
October 9, 2017 September 4, 2017
October 23, 2017 September 18, 2017
November 6, 2017 October 2, 2017
November 20, 2017 October 16, 2017
December 4, 2017 October 30, 2017
December 18, 2017 November 13, 2017

Costs

Program Fees

  • 2 Weeks: $1310
  • 4 Weeks: $1520
  • 6 Weeks: $1740
  • 8 Weeks: $1950
  • 10 Weeks: $2170
  • 12 Weeks: $2390

Please note: All prices are listed in USD

What’s included:

  • Full accommodation in rustic on site housing (or homestay depending on region)
  • Transport from meeting point in France to project location
  • On-site orientation on the first day
  • 24/7 on-site staff support and training
  • Culture & Etiquette guide book
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation

What’s Not Included:

  • Meals (Approximately $50/week. Food sharing between volunteers is common)
  • Flight to France
  • Train or bus to the meeting point in France
  • Spending money for personal purchases or activities

Accommodation

Because of the seasonal and migratory patterns of birds, your placement location may vary depending on the time of year. There are 4 main natural regions where this project is located, and you’ll be placed based on the time of the year and needs of the project. You will receive your exact placement location approximately 4 weeks before your desired start date.

Volunteers will leave in basic & rustic style accommodation near the program site. You will share a room with 1-8 other volunteers depending on the size of the accommodation. In some locations, you may live with a local host French host family.

france bird volunteer project locations

FAQs

Are there fundraising opportunities or scholarship offered by Greenheart Travel for this project?

All funds will have to be provided by you; however we do highly recommend fundraising!

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and couples.

What if I have allergy/specific dietary requirements?

Host families can cater to vegetarian needs quite easily. Any other specific diets should be discussed with us to see if we can arrange to have your needs met.

Is my program fee tax deductible?

Greenheart Travel is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, so a portion of your Volunteer Abroad program fee may be tax deductible. Contact us for more information. We recommend that you also consult with your tax professional to discuss your particular case, as application of tax laws can vary based on individual circumstances.

What vaccinations will I need?

When traveling to any destination, make sure your routine vaccines are up to date. Try to schedule an appointment with your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) also highly recommends the Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and up to date polio vaccinations due to potentially contaminated food or water.