greenforce Marine Conservation Expeditions for Gap Year Students

For over 30 years, Gapforce has been committed to developing rewarding and safe volunteering and conservation programs. It was through this desire that we set up Greenforce.

Greenforce was established in 1997 to develop conservation programs that would have a positive impact on the world. Through socially and environmentally responsible projects, set up by our own highly experienced team, we constantly sought opportunities to support at risk wildlife and communities around the world.

What began with biodiversity surveys and scientific research, soon grew into Gapforce and our array of gap year programs, volunteering projects, outdoor training courses and school group expeditions.

Today, the Greenforce legacy lives on, and has grown to become part of our central vision at Gapforce - providing overseas conservation and volunteering projects in the most stunning locations across the globe. Our wildlife and marine conservation programs continue to run in South Africa, Ecuador, Costa RicaThailand and more.

We can't do this alone though. We need volunteers on every one of our projects to get the job done and keep the projects going. You can volunteer with animals, helping maintain animal conservation or marine conservation projects, or support local people through teaching or building projects. So, if you're looking to volunteer abroad, Gapforce can offer you a huge variety of safe, rewarding and exciting volunteering placements overseas!

Our Conservation Programs

Check out our exciting programs below:

A unique blend of wildlife biology and ecology. Achieve certification on a Big Five Game Reserve in both field guiding and wilderness first aid.
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Work with our local partners to protect the coral reefs and provide a sustainable future for these remote South Pacific islands.
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Train to save the reefs and make island protection your career with real experience and full qualification.
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Get ready for the animal encounter of a lifetime, working closely with the entire spectrum of safari wildlife on a working game reserve.
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Lying in the crystal-clear tropical waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao’s abundant and diverse coral reefs provide a perfect location to maximize your training in marine conservation.
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A once in a lifetime chance to go behind the scenes and get involved with the conservation of a Big Five Game Reserve.
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A History of Greenforce

As a result of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Section 3c stated that host countries should undertake base line biodiversity inventories to determine areas in need of protection. If a signatory is unable to do this survey, they can request assistance from international aid agencies. It was against this backdrop that Greenforce was created, acting as one of these agencies.

Greenforce offered a long term commitment to at-risk regions to establish and implement sustainable communities. Our conservation programs continue to offer volunteers the opportunity to work alongside scientists and leaders, making a real difference and further developing their careers in conservation.

    Why choose Gapforce?

    Unique Conservation Programs

    Created at the request of local communities, run by us, supported by you. Volunteers are needed now to help make a difference.

    Dedicated In-Country Staff

    Gapforce conservation programs are run alongside our partners, with their full knowledge and expertise, to ensure commitment to our conservation objectives.

    Develop Your Career in Conservation

    By volunteering on our programs you’ll get the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists and marine biologists. You will begin to understand their field and help them create their sustainable future.

    International Scientific Standards and Peer Reviewed Research

    No experience required as we provide your training. We are open to all, making us your ideal first global volunteering project.

    Make Friends for Life

    Share the adventure of a lifetime with Gapforce conservation programs, meet like-minded people and friends for life in a rewarding and positive environment.

    Request info pack

    Fill in your details, letting us know which program you are interested in, and we will send you an information pack containing program start dates, prices and a detailed itinerary.