Books, Literature ecotourists save the world by pamela k brodowsky

Published on April 16th, 2010 | by Lucille Chi

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Ecotourists Save the World is the Ideal International Adventure Book for Environmental Volunteers (Win it)

Ecotourists Save the World by Pamela K. Brodowsky and the National Wildlife Federation is the newest guide to eco-tourism, volunteerism, or whatever your individual ism is to care more deeply for our incredible planet…

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Folks these days are compelled not only to look for less expensive vacations, but also to find a way to give back. This brilliant and simple to read book is a comprehensive international guide to sites that invite volunteers to work on conserving, preserving, and studying wildlife and habitats. For instance, with well over 6o million eco-enthusiasts in the U.S., it is clear that people everywhere desire ways to travel with a minimal and positive impact on the environment.

“This site-by-site guide profiles more than 300 programs throughout the world where travelers can volunteer to help wildlife and is the only international travel guide exclusively focused on wildlife conservation. Each entry includes a profile of the site, the organization behind it, contact information, the costs, dates and duration, how to apply, and field notes that include any special notes or concerns, requirements for participation, suitability, and more. Each location is also categorized by the type of work involved, be it conservation, preservation, restoration or study. “

Continue reading to check out the author interview we recently did, and also learn how to win a free copy of this book!

Here is our interview with the author of Ecotourists Save the World, Pamela K. Brodowsky:

Pamela, in your new book Ecotourists Save the World, out of the 300 programs throughout the world where travelers can volunteer to help wildlife, which ones really stand out for you?

For me, being partial to our big cats, I would say the Lion Adventure Program in South Africa. The Amakhala Game Reserve where participants work mainly with newly introduced lions and the Namibia Leopard and Cheetah Conservation Program. I love the big cats.

With volunteerism as one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, what are some eco travel websites that really stand out for you? Which sites are the best at helping us find ways to give back, in your opinion?

I am not a big surfer in this respect. I always know what I am looking for so I can’t answer this without having researched all of whats available. I will say some of the best wildlife and eco organizations that I have worked with or are working with would be the National Wildlife Federation and the World Wildlife Fund. You can’t go wrong being a member of either. They are doing their best to make sure that our animals are here and ecosystems intact for generations to come and that is of major importance.

I understand that Ecotourists Save the World is the only international travel guide that is exclusively focused on wildlife conservation, and that makes you a pioneer in this field. Where do you see wildlife conservation in the next ten years?

I believe there are a lot of good people out there looking to do the right thing. We take away so much from the land on a daily basis. Spending a week or two a year giving back should be on everyone’s to-do list. Personally, I think ecotourism will continue to grow as more and more people find out how rewarding these experiences can be. Its not every day you get the chance to work with a tiger or gorilla. Its an experience of a lifetime.

Did you have a chance to visit any of the sites profiled in your book? Any interesting stories you would like to share with our readers, or neat thoughts from the research?

I wish I could say I have visited all of these sites, but I can’t. I have visited a few which I do every year. I try to tailor our volunteer vacations to the age of my children — 13 & 9 — so they get every experience they can while its still available. You wouldn’t believe how much children actually enjoy these working vacations. They are simply mesmerized by the animals and the wild. I would recommend this type of experience for anyone with a family. You’ll never go back to the typical beach/boardwalk vacation. These trips are gratifying and rewarding for all involved. You return home with such a great sense of accomplishment.

Thanks for sharing your expert perspective Pamela!

Now, we’re also going to give away two copies of  Ecotourists Save the World!

Here is how to win a copy of this brilliant book:

We’re picking two winners, and offer five ways to enter! For each entry, you get your “name in the hat,” so you can do any or all of them for up to five entries:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like a copy.
  2. Sign up for our email list, and let us know in the comments.
  3. Subscribe to our RSS feed, and let us know in the comments.
  4. Become a fan on Facebook, and let us know in the comments.
  5. Follow us on Twitter, and let us know in the comments.

If you’re already done one of the things listed above, you can just tell us that, so you can still get those extra votes. Make sure that you include a valid email address in the mail field for your comments, so that we’ll be able to contact you if you win! We’ll announce the winners on Earth Day!




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About the Author

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level. Sustainability studies: PresidioMBA.org & B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science. Contact: lucillechi (at) gmail.com



  • Brian Hensley

    This sounds like a perfect book for me. I love to travel and I usually wrap my adventures around some ind of volunteer work. The only problem is finding ones that are realistic. I can afford to work for free for a good cause, but I can’t afford to pay some group thousands of dollars so I can help out for a couple weeks.

    Brian

  • Celeste Hayne

    The following list has been completed.

    1. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like a copy. … Done
    2. Sign up for our email list, and let us know in the comments. … Done
    3. Subscribe to our RSS feed, and let us know in the comments. … Done
    4. Become a fan on Facebook, and let us know in the comments. … Done
    5. Follow us on Twitter, and let us know in the comments. … Done

    Thanks, Celeste

  • Celeste Hayne

    I believe that education, awareness, implementation and the love of nature and our environment will go a long way in preserving us, our communities, our eco-systems and wildlife at large. To have the opportunities to volunteer throughout the world, share our own talents and help prevent extinctions as well as conserve, preserve and extend the time that we as well as our beautiful wildlife cousins all have on our planet.

    For each person to accomplish something so rewarding and meaningful and at the same time help our blessed creatures in nature, is truly something to cherish and appreciate. I have such a love for all creatures of nature and we as a human race can learn so much from them. Simply priceless!

    I would love a copy of “Ecotourists Save The World” as it would help me take another giant step towards my heartfelt beliefs and idealisms. To diligently research, study and observe wildlife in it’s natural habitat. It is necessary and important to share with our human companions, utilize the knowledge given, learn and appreciate wildlife being themselves in their own habitats.

    Word of mouth and personal recommendations are crucial in getting the word out. I am a follower of FB and Twitter, and know that this is another outlet for public awareness. There are many treasured moments that I and many others have experienced…a couple of which are rescuing a hummingbird from inside a neighbour’s house (he let me pick him up) to running alongside a horse in the field. Let’s get the word out there, and all take that giant step towards saving our wildlife forever and reveling in the experience of a lifetime to save another life.

    Hugs and blessings, Celeste

  • Marika

    I love the idea of Ecotourism. I am a geographer and I love travelling. I used to work for a travel agency that sold packaged trips around Europe. But these 300 programs throghout the world where you can volunteer to help wildlife and the environment seem to be much nicer. Looks like this way of exploring the world would be a great experience.

    I’d like to get a copy of Ecotourists Save the World, so I would know where to spend my next vacation. :)

    I am your fan on Facebook, and I’ve just signed up for your email list.

    I buzz your articles on Yahoo! & thumb them up on StumbleUpon, too :D

  • http://isthereabathroomonthisship.blogspot.com/ Kim R.

    As a homeschool mom, these are the very types of meaningful vacations/trips I would love to take my children on. We are very heavy on nature and wildlife studies as both have a deep interest and passion for those things.

    I am following on Facebook and Twitter as well. :)

  • Chris M

    Now that I have a full time job (that isn’t waiting tables), touring the world is something I’ve always wanted to do and can now realize. Combining my loves for the earth, getting dirty, and preservation sound amazing. I would absolutely love to have a copy of this book!

  • http://anipalinfo.com Anipal Info

    Sounds like a great way to plan trips. I am sure kids would get so much out of it. Nature and volunteering is not really taught in school. Even us homeschoolers sometimes find it hard to teach kids.

    I am following you on Twitter and I grabbed your RSS Feed…I am always looking for great animal info to pass along.

    I am sure your book will be a HUGE success! Many people want to do the right thing we just don’t always know how or where (other than our own back yard).

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