Conservation and environmental work is one of the most productive things you can do, and working on a conservation project is a fantastic way to spend your gap year.
There are hundreds of opportunities abroad; from rainforest conservation in the Amazon to wildlife conservation in Bolivia to marine conservation on the Great Barrier Reef. The only thing that’s limiting you is your ambition and imagination.
Whatever your skills or amount of time there’s a conservation project for you.
Wildlife conservation with animals is a real ‘hands on’ experience and you’ll be dealing with some of the world’s most endangered species on a daily basis, saving them from extinction.
Conservation work can be an amazing experience, not only for you, but for everyone you work with. Not only will you experience local life that only backpackers and tourists can only dream about, but you’ll contribute to society and make a difference to people’s lives.
Volunteering really gives you the opportunity to get to know a country, to become a part of a community and to learn valuable skills for life. You’ll gain a lot more through volunteering in a country than just passing through it...
Help protect turtles on Costa Rica’s tropical beaches
Duration: from 1 Weeks to 3 Months
Patrol the Pacific beaches at night, watching for mother turtles to come up the beach to lay their eggs. Help baby turtles scramble back to the sea after their hatching- hundreds of baby turtles is a sight to behold! Volunteer in the local community, teaching or looking after the kids while conserving the paradise of Costa Rica.
Call: 0845 344 7615
Njiri Eco Camp
Duration: from 7 Days to 4 Weeks
Njiri Eco Camp’s aim is to combine conservation with a great safari experience. Mozambique’s wildlife has suffered due to the 17yr civil war but now the country is at peace it opens up unique conservation opportunities. To help us repair the damage done to the reserve and experience Mozambique’s beautiful scenery and wildlife join us at Njiri Eco Camp as a Volunteer or for one of our Adventure and Conservation Safaris. As well as game drives, bush walks and sun downers you will get the opportunity to learn bush skills such as tracking, help to monitor the game numbers, aid in anti-poaching and get involved with our Outreach programme, combining conservation with the local community.
Malaysia Orang-utan Experience
Duration: from 28 Days
A once in a lifetime chance to get up close to and help to preserve increasingly rare and threatened great ape. With just 20,000 left in the wild in Asia you can make a real difference to orang-utan conservation.
Oranutang Protection In Borneo
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 5 Months
Oranutang Protection In Borneo Plus trek to the "End of the World" Saved from deforestation, kept in cages as pets, tied to trees to die - now with a land of their own. Find out more.
Volunteer & Surf in Panama
Duration: from 1 Weeks to 8 Weeks
Travel to a tropical Island off the Caribbean coast of Panama and experience a volunteer abroad project like no other! Help build up and support Native indigenous communities, live in a national park among wildlife, play on the beach and on the surf catching waves!
Wildlife Rescue Centre in Zimbabwe needs volunteers!
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 6 Months
Skilled and unskilled volunteers are all welcomed at this busy wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The sanctuary cares for abandoned and sick wildlife and rescues animals reported in danger from farmers or communities - moving them to safe reserves. The aim is to rehabilitate and return them to the wild, from lions and leopards to monkeys, antelope, reptiles and birds. Animals are also studied for educational purposes, zoological study or in the case of endangered species, introduced to breeding programmes. Volunteers roles are so important, to help with general upkeep of the animals, to care for the sick and orphaned and help research and releases. This is a project that benefits animals and the local community alike, and you can be part of that change.
Local community & Wildlife Volunteering South Africa
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 6 Weeks
Volunteer with underprivileged children and help conserve Africa's amazing wildlife! Our unique, all-inclusive programmes give you the opportunity to make a difference, whilst experiencing the beauty South Africa has to offer with our activity filled programmes.
Combined Team Project and Expedition - Bolivia Animal Sanctuary Project
Duration: from 3 Months to 3 Months
Take yourself into the heart of South America, from Amazon to Andes. learn Spanish in the colonial city of Sucre, Bolivia. Take your skills to the Ambue Ari animal sanctuary and work in the jungle, caring for and creating homes for some of the most endangered species on the planet. Finally, explore some of the beauty South America has to offer - trekking and climbing, rafting and biking, Bolivia and Peru, finishing on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Caribbean + Plantations + Trekking
Duration: from 6 Weeks to 10 Weeks
Combine living on a Caribbean Island helping renovating beaches and teaching in after school clubs with conservation projects on pineapple plantations before tackling a hardcore trek through the Gran Sabana... all in 6 or 10 weeks.
Call: 0845 344 7514
Build homes for underprivileged families in Vietnam
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 6 Weeks
Vietnam’s monsoon rains may be good for its lush scenery but they can cause a few problems for poorly constructed houses. You can help to re-house local families and give them much-needed protection from the elements.
Call: 0845 344 7592
Imire Black Rhino and Elephant conservation
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 8 Weeks
An amazing opportunity to contribute to the protection and conservation of the African elephant and endangered Black Rhino. Experience these amazing animals closer than you ever thought possible and get a unique behind the scenes look at day to day life in an African game park.
Harare Street Children Outreach Programme
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 12 Weeks
This street children outreach programme provides basic education and day-care services for children and young people living on the streets of Harare. We aim to develop relationships with these children, to encourage them to go to school, assist them with leaving the streets and provide a safe place for them to get food and shelter.
Over 30’s Teaching & Community Development Program, Cape Town
Duration: from 2 Weeks to 6 Weeks
Your mission on this project is to educate and support disadvantaged and vulnerable children, while helping to uplift the community not only through education, but also through health-care, building projects and sports. Being based in Cape Town, South Africa, voted as one of the top tourist destinations in the world you will have opportunities to enjoy the many restaurants, bars and markets the town has to offer, as well as many outdoor leisure activities.