VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND IN BERMUDA Bermuda’s beaches are undoubtedly amongst the most spectacular in the world. But that doesn’t stop the island’s iconic stretches of pink sand and hidden coves from falling victim to the presence of marine debris, ocean plastics and other varieties of rubbish that wash ashore here, as they do in most parts of the world. And for visitors feeling inspired to help keep the island’s beaches clean, there are some very accessible short-term eco-volunteering opportunities available through Keep Bermuda Beautiful (kbb.bm). The organisation’s goal — “a litter-free Bermuda” — is put into action through regularly scheduled, volunteer-led beach cleanup events throughout the year, which you can learn about on the website. Last year alone, over 3,000 volunteers took part in various events to help clean up more than 30 tonnes of litter that had materialised not only on Bermuda’s beaches but along the island’s railway trails and roadsides and in forested areas, too. Taking part in a cleanup event is a fun way to lend a helping hand whilst mingling with the locals in the places they love. Another great Bermuda organisation to have on your radar for eco-volunteering opportunities is Greenrock (greenrock.org), a group focused on sustainable living and stimulating public awareness of environmental projects on the island. The group’s Healthy Harvest project works to establish community gardens and orchards on Bermuda, where most food is imported from far away, with opportunities for volunteers to lend a green thumb if they’re interested in helping with the harvesting and planting of island-grown fruit and vegetables. And if you fancy yourself a good photographer, Greenrock can also use your help shooting photos at big annual events such as Earth Day that may later be used in marketing materials. For visitors staying up to a few months or longer on the island, there are even more opportunities to volunteer at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (bamz.org), where a wide range of longer-term volunteer projects may see you helping with public feedings of the seals and turtles at the aquarium or manning craft stalls during annual zoo and museum festivals. If you have the will to get involved as a volunteer in Bermuda, there is most certainly a way!
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