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Virtual Volunteering

Virtual Volunteering

Hello again 🙂

By the time you read this, I will be in Tenerife starting my 2-month volunteering placement journey. I have to be honest, I am quite anxious to be flying during the coronavirus pandemic and to be going away for 2 months is the longest time I’ve ever been away from family so I hope I don’t get too anxious and homesick!

However, I do feel really restrained in the UK right now, as I’m unable to go round family and friends’ houses and unable to socialise much at all. Therefore,  I have decided to go on work placement for 2 months in Tenerife to make an impact and spread my passion for ecology with AWdF.

During my time in Tenerife, I will be working for AWdF – who I spoke about in my previous blogs (click here to read them!).

The Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Foundation are part of the Fair Earth family! They are a UK-registered charity who strive to educate, preserve and research the ecology. Their main focus is cetacean species (whales and dolphins) and volunteers carry out research on the whale and dolphin watching boats. They offer a range of free educational courses, so if you are interested, just contact them via their website!

If you don’t wish to do practical volunteering with them but would prefer to get virtually involved, I have mentioned many ways in which you can do so below:

Become a Global Citizen

This includes taking responsibility to help protect our planet (“our shared home!”). The three key actions in focus are:

  1. Reduce your plastic waste and usage as well as offsetting the plastic used with collaboration with the Plastic Bank
  2. Plant trees to offset your carbon footprint, in an aim to tackle climate change
  3. Get involved with community projects to support the communities and make a real change

“We can’t do everything but we can all do something, if we all do something, everything gets done.”

Find out more about global citizenship here!

Shared Learning

This is our gateway to global citizenship! Virtual learning materials can be found on the TES website here, where you can find out all about nature, the environment, human rights and social issues.


Cetacean research is carried out by volunteers on the dolphin and whale watching boats. Over the years, thousands of interactions have been recorded and a lot of research questions need analysing. If you are interested in writing a research paper, just click here to find out more!


If you have any business ideas which would be beneficial to society, click here to find out how The Fair Earth Foundation can help you identify business opportunities right for you! A social benefit would involve: eco-tourism, educational, volunteer programme, supporting disadvantaged members of society.

Intelligent Conversations

This has been launched at The Fair Earth’s London Eco-Film Festival where you can voice your opinion on what matters, and the most powerful messages will be broadcast on their YouTube channel! Click here to find out more.

I hope this encourages you to support your community, take responsibility and take action for our lovely home planet!

Thanks for reading!


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