Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers, is a registered charity organisation and was founded in Melbourne, Australia for the purpose of providing resources and financial assistance to animal welfare and conservation projects both locally and around the world.
Committed volunteers themselves, the O2E founders saw firsthand that volunteer recruitment agencies were not always aware if the projects they supported had the best interests of animals and environment in mind. Instead, unethical and harmful behaviour including elephant riding, unsustainable tree nursery projects and the consumption of scarce community resources by the presence of volunteers were often the result. Local wildlife communities and the animals’ environments were also clearly disadvantaged. For this reason, Oceans 2 Earth created its Oceans 2 Earth Ethical Standards and the Wildlife Code and measures all potential projects by these policies prior to partnering with them
O2E’s objectives are to link animal and nature lovers from around the world with a network of ethical, sustainable and conscientious non-profit organisations in the developing and developed world. Individuals can benefit from these unique travel experiences while making a positive contribution to criteria assessed animal welfare and conservation projects. Personal experiences of volunteering and caring for rescued Australian wildlife, fundraising for orang-utan habitat protection, wildlife enrichment and human - elephant conflict research and mitigation have shown us that individuals can really make a difference. However small the work effort is from one volunteer, if you combine the actions of many volunteers as a whole, the result becomes quite significant.