Earthwatch expeditions pair researchers with volunteers to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Explore our current expeditions to discover how you can make a difference.
Anyone can join an expedition—no experience necessary! All training will be provided upon your arrival. We offer both adult expeditions and teen expeditions for 15- to 17-year-olds. Teens are also welcome on most of our adult expeditions if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers join us from all over the world.
We highly recommend that you visit our website, find an expedition you are interested in and read the expedition details and briefing (you’ll find a link to the briefing at the top of the expedition page). When you are ready to book, you can either book online or give us a call at 1-800-776-0188.
Your contribution covers important research costs, such as equipment, permits and supplies; food, accommodations, and local transport; safety and welfare management; travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance; and preparatory materials. Our scientists rely on your contributions in order to produce top-quality research while hosting teams of citizen scientists. Your contribution and most travel costs are tax-deductible in the U.S.Up to $4,000 per expedition.
We do offer promotions throughout the year, so be sure to join our newsletter to stay informed. You can also access promotions as a reward for being part of the Ambassador program. Join today to earn rewards for spreading the word about Earthwatch. We also make it easy for volunteers to pay all at once or in as many pieces as they would like: just pay a $300 deposit to reserve your space, then continue paying off your balance as often as you’d like up to 90 days before fielding.
Finally, many of our volunteers take advantage of our Expedition Fund. Starting an Expedition Fund is an excellent way to help fundraise for an expedition’s contribution cost. You can ask your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else in your network to help support you going on an expedition. It is a great alternative to holiday and birthday gifts! Plus all contributions are tax-deductible!