Sao Tome is largely Catholic and for that reason faith based volunteering is among the many ways one can serve a higher goal and visit the beautiful islands. The stjamesbasilica.org has a form for prospective volunteers who can be sent to serve the Lord in Sao Tome, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino among other nations.
Agriculture is currently the economic mainstay of Sao Tome and Principe. For this reason volunteers can be very instrumental in achieving desired husbandry and harvests. Following decline in cocoa prices globally many farmers abandoned cocoa for other crops such as maize.
However according to research on the industry in the country a combination of agro-forestry, suitable fertiliser, trees and work cocoa production the country may soon take after the upsurge in Indonesia and Cote d’Ivoire. Such an opportunity presents an opening for agriculture students interested in research and making a tangible contribution in the process. The approach works to increase cocoa output while encouraging conservation of the forest.
For conservation enthusiasts the seaturtle.org, works in partnership with the local Sea Turtle Commission to monitor and protect sea turtles from hunters. Among the commissions objectives is to raise awareness among the local population on the importance of marine life and ecosystems. The commission’s activities in Sao Tome include conservation, management, education and research, and turtle tours along the coast. Other organizations that cater for environmental conservation volunteers include globalocean.org.uk, which mobilizes surfers to educate against marine litter. The project has successfully removed thousands of kilos of litter of litter from beaches across UK.