Looking To Make A Difference? Volunteer with AoC!

Happy 2016 everybody. May it be a beautiful year for you all.

We've received many interesting requests for volunteer opportunities and I've finally had some time to update some of our material. Below is our International Volunteer information and below that is our Volunteer Placements information and form.

If you are interested in volunteering with our partner organization, Conservation Heritage - Turambe, in Rwanda, Africa please go to this link on our website http://www.art-of-conservation.org/cht or contact Valerie Akuredusenge directly at chturambe@gmail.com. I am always available for further chats as well at julie@art-of-conservation.org.

And thank you for your interest!                                                                                                                   

International Volunteers

Founded in 2006, Art of Conservation (AoC) inspires children and their families to conserve biodiversity through creative learning and one-health awareness. AoC encourages learning through creative expression, combining science-based lesson plans with visual art, poetry, song, dance, and sports. AoC programs are directed toward schoolchildren that live in areas where endangered species conservation programs are underway but have limited opportunities to directly experience, engage, and invest in these efforts. 


Visiting the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

By collaborating with socially responsible partners, including conservationists, educators, and health professionals, AoC develops both in- and out-of school lesson plans specific to each community and its conservation challenges. During its six years in Rwanda, AoC provided thousands of children with thousands of hours of extra-curricula educational programming. Now, headquartered in the Mesoamerican region at Tulum, México, AoC continues to provided children with unique opportunities.


Discovery Dive at Solimán Bay in the Caribbean Sea.

Art of Conservation is looking for volunteers and a student program to help us spread the word about our mission, develop growth within organization and help us diversify our funding to continue the effective work we do in México and with AoC’s off-shoot program in Rwanda, Conservation Heritage – Turambe. We need support in advocacy, communications and fundraising.


AoC students and their mother.

Start an AoC club (AoC encourages creativity so we would want volunteers to come up with ideas first, below are some examples).

  • Social Media support (spread the word, increase our following across all platforms)
  • AoC sign ups (assist in growth of our member database)
  • Fundraising (i.e. have a dinner party! 5k Fun Run!)
  • Donation Drives (in-kind gifts – i.e. dental products, art supplies, science materials)
  • Assist in finding AoC sponsors
  • Participate in AoC events including expos, conferences, lectures, exhibitions
  • Long-term exchange program for students at AoC field sites working with our Founder and Program Director in elementary schools.


Following discussions regarding endangered species, students make art.


Art of Conservation, Inc. (AoC)

Volunteer Placements

AoC occasionally accepts volunteers for short- to medium-term volunteer placements. Our needs vary depending on our staffing situation and class schedule. In general, we seek honest, hard-working individuals who can offer support in one or more of the following areas:

  • Volunteers who have a background in conservation, biology, agriculture, medicine, or public health.
  • Volunteers who have a background in drawing, painting, music, or drama.
  • Administrative work including memo writing and grant research.
  • English-language training for members in our community initiatives.
  • Computer skills training for staff.
  • Construction, gardening

If you think you can help us in one of these areas, or if you have your own volunteer proposal, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form and Agreement (below) and email the signed and completed documents plus a cover letter to julie@art-of-conservation.org

Art of Conservation will provide:

  • Assistance in finding affordable lodging
  • Transportation for individual volunteers to and from work sites (Groups may need to hire their own transport)
  • A volunteer orientation and guidance throughout your stay

Volunteers are responsible for:

  • Airfare to México
  • Transportation to and from the Cancun airport
  • Lodging fees
  • Travel medical insurance including emergency evacuation coverage
  • All meals, drinks, transport, and other expenses not related to project work
  • A fee of $200 USD per week which is used as tax-deductible donation to AoC

Volunteer Application Form and Agreement


Art of Conservation inspires children and their families to conserve biodiversity through creative learning and one-health awareness.

Our extra-curricula educational model encourages students to use creativity to build life skills and gain reverence for themselves, their community, and the world. AoC also develops and supports local income-generating initiatives that create sustainable growth.


Section 1: Personal Information


Mailing Address:

Contact Telephone: 

Email Address:

Skype Name:

Date of Birth:



Passport Number and Date of Expiration:

How did you hear about AoC:

Emergency contact and phone number:


Section 2: Education & Training

Please begin with your most recent educational experience.

1. Name of Institution:

Dates attended (dd/mm/yyyy):

Degree or Certificate Obtained (or Pending):


2. Name of Institution:

Dates attended (dd/mm/yyyy):

Degree or Certificate Obtained (or Pending):


3. Name of Institution:

Dates attended (dd/mm/yyyy):

Degree or Certificate Obtained (or Pending):


Section 3: Work Experience

Please begin with your most recent work experience.

1. Employer Name:

Dates employed (dd/mm/yyyy):

Job Title and Responsibilities:


2. Employer Name:

Dates employed (dd/mm/yyyy):

Job Title and Responsibilities:


3. Employer Name:

Dates employed (dd/mm/yyyy):

Job Title and Responsibilities:


Section 4: Volunteer Experience

Please begin with your most recent volunteer experience.

1. Volunteer Organization Name:

Dates of volunteer service (dd/mm/yyyy):



2. Volunteer Organization Name:

Dates of volunteer service (dd/mm/yyyy):



3. Volunteer Organization Name:

Dates of volunteer service (dd/mm/yyyy):



Section 6: Skills and Abilities

1. Please describe the relevant skills and abilities you can offer as an Art of Conservation volunteer.

2. What computer skills do you possess?

3. Do you speak Spanish or Maya (not required, but helpful)?

4. Do have any skills in photography, videography, writing, media editing, or graphic design?

5. Why do you want to be an Art of Conservation volunteer?


Section 7: Volunteer Preferences

1. Please describe what type of work you would like to do during a volunteer placement.

2. What dates are you available to volunteer?


Section 8: Other important questions

1. Do you have any special requirements or limitations we should know about?

2. Have you studied the Embassy of the United States and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for up to date information concerning travel to México?

3. Do you need assistance finding housing in Tulum, México? AoC can help volunteers find safe, affordable lodging if necessary.


Section 7: References

Please provide the name and contact details for two references who are not related to you and who can attest to your qualifications.

1. Name:

Contact Telephone:

Email Address:

Relationship to You:


2. Name:

Contact Telephone:

Email Address:

Relationship to You: 


Section 8: Rules and Regulations

If accepted to serve as a volunteer for Art of Conservation, do you agree to the following rules and regulations?

  • Volunteers and guests must pay a fee of $200 per week to volunteer with AoC.
  • AoC will provide volunteers with lunch on workdays and transport to work sites.  All other food, transportation, lodging, and other personal needs are the express responsibility of the volunteer.
  • Each volunteer is solely responsible for determining if he/she is physically fit and/or properly skilled for any volunteer activity. It is always advisable, especially if the volunteer is disabled in any way or recently suffered an illness, injury or impairment, to consult a physician before undertaking any physical activity.
  • Volunteers must purchase travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage for the duration of their volunteer placement. AoC is in no way responsible for volunteers should they become sick or injured during their stay.
  • Volunteers must be minimum of 18 years of age
  • Volunteers must sign a waiver form.
  • Volunteers must abide by AoC's Code of Conduct and all other policies and rules.
  • Volunteers must work with the AoC team and follow instructions given by the AoC Director.
  • Volunteers must care for and return all AoC equipment and project materials.
  • Smoking is prohibited and possession of unauthorized firearms, alcohol, or drugs is not tolerated.
  • Sexual harassment is not tolerated and must be reported to a workday supervisor.
  • Volunteers will be dismissed if they report to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Volunteers must understand that during their volunteer service certain risks, dangers, and injuries due to acts of god, accidents, carelessness, lack of skill or technique, and all other circumstances inherent to the particular volunteer services exist. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for AoC to guarantee absolute safety.
  • Volunteers must understand Rwanda is a developing country, and that by volunteering in Rwanda one has a risk of encountering problems such as theft, road accidents, food poisoning, discrimination, harassment, and other issues associated with life in developing countries. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for AoC to guarantee absolute safety and security. 


Section 9: Waiver and Release of All Claims and Assumption of Risk

In consideration for providing volunteer services, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages, or loss which you may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with your volunteer services (including transportation services/vehicle operations, when provided).

As a volunteer, I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to volunteers in this program/activity, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity, that I may sustain as a result of my volunteer services. I further hereby waive and relinquish all claims I may have now, or have had in the past, or may have in the future as a result of my volunteer services against Art of Conservation including its officers, directors, officials, agents, guests, volunteers and employees (hereinafter collectively referred as “Released Parties”).

I do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Released Parties from any and all claims for injuries, damages, or loss that I may have or which may accrue to me in the future and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with my volunteer services.  Further, I waive and relinquish all rights of subrogation, liens and claims of third parties; and I will defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties, and each and all of them, with respect to any such injuries, damages, or losses.

Section 10: Governing Law

I understand and acknowledge that AoC is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the state of Iowa, USA.  I agree that Iowa law shall govern the interpretation and enforcement of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including the provisions of Section 9 above.

I have read and fully understand the above important information, warning of risk, assumption of risk and liability and waiver and release of all claims. If registering via email or fax, my on-line or facsimile signature shall substitute for and have the same legal effect as an original signature.

I, (print name)                                                                  , hereby state the above information provided by me is true and correct, and I have had the opportunity to review the terms of this Agreement with an attorney of my choosing.  I further agree that I will abide by all AoC rules and regulations.


Signature of Applicant:                                                                                                                             





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