Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute recruits members of the public to help university scientists with their scientific or cultural field research projects worldwide.

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Volunteers join expeditions, from archaeology to zoology, for one to three week stints.


No special skills or prior experience are required (except scuba certification for diving projects). Many volunteers do, however, bring talents such as photography, carpentry, cooking, or even surveying or GPS.

Financial Arrangements

Most participants make a donation to cover project expenses (as well as recruitment and organization of projects). Expedition costs for the year 2002 span a wide range, with an average of $1,700 for a 1-3 week team duration. Many fellowships are available to cover or subsidize volunteer costs for teachers and HS students.

Contact Information

Web Site:


Earthwatch Institute
3 Clock Tower Place Suite 100
Box 75
Maynard, MA 01754

Phone: 800-776-0188 or 978-461-0081

Registration / Application

Participants can sign up for teams on line at the Earthwatch Institute web site.


History: The nonprofit Earthwatch Institute was founded in 1971 outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and now maintains offices in Europe (Oxford, UK); Australia (Melbourne); and Japan (Tokyo).

Current age range of advisors: 16 to 75 years

Current average advisor age: 45 years

Volunteers registered: 3,700 (as of 4-Dec-01).

Field Projects executed: 700 in 2002.

Advisors sent on field projects: 4,000 in 2001.

Budget: $7,564,638 (fiscal 1999)

Regional Activitiy: Earthwatch Institute currently has projects in 40 countries in 11 Regions (Africa: 7, Asia: 4, Australia-Oceania: 3, Central America: 2, Caribbean: 7, Eastern Europe: 3, Middle East: 1, North America: 2, South America: 6, Southeast Asia: 1, Western Europe: 4)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public.

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