Volunteer with Animals

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Search for the elusive orangutan in Malaysia
Travel and contribute in the jungle with The Leap Overseas
Work in a breeding centre for rescued and injured animals
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast then volunteer with i-to-i
Help to improve Zimbabwe’s lion population
Work with Africa's most majestic predator with Kaya Responsible Travel
Work with over 40 horses, no previous experience required
Work with PoD to administer some TLC to horses that have suffered abuse and neglect
Volunteer at South Africa’s first primate rehabilitation centre
Give abused monkeys and baboons a second chance at life with Oyster Worldwide
Volunteer with Animals

Volunteering with animals on your gap year will ensure a fantastic experience in which you not only gain a unique perspective on a country, but also get to help local wildlife in need. There are hundreds of opportunities to volunteer with animals, be it rehabilitating orangutans in Borneo, darting lions from a helicopter in South Africa or ensuring tigers are well cared for in Thailand. You might well end up working with some of the world’s most endangered species, helping to secure a brighter future for them. Whatever your skills and however much time you have to offer, volunteering with animals on your gap year will be an unforgettable experience.

 

Animal Volunteering

Lions & Big Cats

Lions & Big Cats

Elephants

Elephants

Animal Care

Animal Care

Orangutans

Orangutans

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These animal volunteering projects are all really worthwhile, it's just a question of finding the right project for you. Have a look and see where you can help the most!

 

Top Tips & FAQs

Tips for Volunteering with Animals

What animals can I volunteer with?

The choice is vast, so the best thing to do is choose a species you are passionate about and work from there. If you have a particular interest in marine creatures, for example, opportunities abound to work with sea turtles, whales, sharks, crocodiles and dolphins. Alternatively, you can work with land animals, including elephants, gorillas, pandas and rhinos.

Where can I volunteer?

This will largely be determined by which animals you would like to work with. If you would like to volunteer with bears some of the best places to do it are Romania, USA and Canada, which all have significant bear populations. Alternatively, if you’d like to spend your time helping elephants, places in Asia and Africa, such as Thailand and Tanzania, are good bets.

What time of year should I volunteer with animals?

Again, this depends on whereabouts in the world the volunteering will take place and which animals you will be working with. Do your research on a destination’s general weather patterns before booking anything; you may want to avoid a monsoon season, or indeed debilitating summer heat. Also make sure the animals you want to work with aren’t in the midst of hibernation.

Which project should I choose?

Research is essential. While the majority of volunteer programs are aimed at making a genuine difference in the world, others are less wholesome and should be treated with caution. One of the surest ways to find an unbiased opinion is to speak with past participants from the program you would like to take part in, or search for online reviews. Do as much research as you can and don’t be afraid to put questions to organisations; if they are the real deal they’ll be happy to speak with you at length.

What about visas?

As with any volunteering program on your gap year, you’ll need to make sure you have permission to enter and work in the country of your choice, and this usually take the form of a visa. Although some countries don’t require tourist visas from UK nationals – particularly those in the EU – if you plan to work, you’ll almost certainly need a working visa. These must be arranged before you fly.

How can I stay healthy?

If you would like to visit developing nations it is always wise to check with your doctor which, if any, vaccines and immunisations you should have done before you travel. This becomes especially important if working with animals, which can spread diseases, including rabies in some instances. It is also vital that you get health insurance to cover your time abroad. Medical expenses can escalate into the tens of thousands without adequate cover.


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Volunteering with Animals in Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the jewels of South East Asia, full of dream-like scenery, rich cultural history and amazing travelling adventures. But what kind of animal volunteer projects can you do in Malaysia? Gapyear.com takes a look at some options of volunteering with animals in this beautiful part of the world.

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Volunteering with Animals in Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the jewels of South East Asia, full of dream-like scenery, rich cultural history and amazing travelling adventures. But what kind of animal volunteer projects can you do in Malaysia? Gapyear.com takes a look at some options of volunteering with animals in this beautiful part of the world.

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