Back in 2005, a young, broke backpacker called Dan arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for his internship at an eco lodge in Borneo. His time here, which included an early morning visit from two cheeky gibbons, made him want to share his experiences and opportunities with fellow travellers.
After a valiant attempt at single-handedly saving the rainforest, Dan realised that what was needed at this project and so many others was a big team of committed volunteers who could combine their efforts. And so, Ecoteer was born.
Dan’s own experience in trying to find a volunteer placement abroad told him that Ecoteer’s projects needed to be three things:
Dan is now based in Malaysia, where he heads up a turtle conservation project, a tigers-and-tapirs project and a wildlife rescue centre. Meanwhile, Ecoteer members carry on his good work all over the world.