Oceans 2 Earth Foundation - Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers, a non-profit organisation 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.
In creating Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers, the O2E founders challenge and engage individuals to contribute to meaningful animal welfare and conservation projects. As wildlife carers and avid campaigners against the illegal wildlife trade and the use of animals in tourism, they have been active volunteers, upholding a vision to promote ethical volunteering as an advisable travel alternative.
Every project is visited by O2E so that we experience the project, the work, the accommodation, the food and the people firsthand. This ensures that each project meets the Oceans 2 Earth Ethical Standards and the Wildlife Code.
Volunteers may like to conduct research, care for animals in captivity or contribute to rescue and release programs.
O2E is Australian born and bred so we support a wide variety of Australian wildlife rescue and release organisations, however projects offered by O2E Volunteers are located all around the globe including Asia, South America, Australia and Africa. Volunteers have the opportunity to care for and improve the lives of a variety of animals such as kangaroos, koalas, elephants, turtles, bats, bears, birds, cats, gods, dingos, reptiles and primates of all types.
If you would like to know more about our animal volunteer programs in Australia and abroad, enter the website or contact us here.
Oceans 2 Earth Foundation facilitates people’s awareness of the impacts of animal tourism, trade and human intervention on the welfare, sustainability and general health of wild and domestic animal populations.
The Foundation joins forces with on the ground communities and organisations to find solutions to animal welfare and conservation issues.