Matthias Hammer - Biosphere Expedition
Ever come back from two weeks by the beach
and wondered what you have achieved? Then
conservation holiday group Biosphere Expeditions
could offer a real alternative.
People can justify long-haul if they make a difference
Biosphere, a not-for-profit company, organises
volunteer holidays in which people provide valuable
support to important conservation projects.
Usually lasting one or two weeks, the projects
offer a wide choice of destinations.
These include trips to Central Asia where
holidaymakers help survey populations of snow
leopards and their prey, help map coral reefs in the
Caribbean and photograph and record dolphins and
whales in the Azores.
As well as offering hands-on assistance to
important scientific research, two-thirds of
volunteers’ contributions to the trips go to help fund
Based in Norwich, the company also has
offices in Germany, France, the US and Australia,
employing about eight people and six freelance
The company marked its 10th anniversary in
2009, and has won a succession of awards for its
work, and despite the struggling economy, demand
for its trips has remained stable in 2010, with new
destinations expected to increase custom next year.
Founder and executive director Dr Matthias
Hammer, said: “In the last year we have had
surprisingly good sales, which have held steady
even given the challenging economic climate.
“We have increased sponsorship this year, and
we are very pleased to have the support of more
corporate business. Because we are such a niche
market people can still justify going on long-haul
flights if they know they are making a difference
where they are going.
“We are looking forward to a good year ahead,
and are hoping to be able to announce new
destinations in Slovakia and the Maldives.”