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Volunteer at a Bat Sanctuary to See the (Literally) Darker Side of Cuba

Where: Cuba
January 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM | by | ()

Spending a Caribbean vacation in a damp, dark cave might not be for everyone, but there is no doubt those who are up for it leave with a new perspective on the region.

The Canadian-based voluntourism organization Animal Experience International is on a mission to help animals around the world by matching clients with animal-related volunteer opportunities at sanctuaries, hospitals, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and conservation projects, including a bat conservatory in the Caribbean.

The sanctuary is located in Varadero, a peninsula located on the north side of Cuba. And, though there are some restrictions in place for Americans traveling to Cuba, volunteer organizations have gained access to the country, so you can still contact AEI to discuss the possibility of participating in this experience.

Because the area is a popular tourist destination, many animals are affected by the loss of habitat, including several species of bats. AEI's partner organization does hands-on field research to help support the bat population.

The trip includes airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), beach-side accommodation, meals, transportation to and from research sites, on-site training, nature tours, medical support, and more.

The expedition takes place May 3 – May 10, 2013 and costs $1545 (Canadian). For more information, visit AEI.

[Photo: AEI]

Archived Comments:

Thank you for helping bats!

Thank you so much for showing people the darker way to travel! We have another trip coming up in December 2015!! Maybe someone from Jaunted can come with us!