Volunteer with Bears Abroad

Work with polar bears and other types

Volunteering with bears is a brilliant way to help rescue the polar bear, black bear, grizzly bear, panda bear, and others in need of care. There are a number of volunteer programs focused on the health and conservation of bears around the world. Bear rescue projects are found in a huge range of places, including Asia, North America, and Europe.

Bears are often hunted for their meat and fur, and poached for parts of their bodies used in traditional Asian medicines. They are also kept as pets and performing animals in poor conditions. Bears have also suffered habitat loss due to climate change, pollution, oil development, and deforestation. All of this has resulted in six out of eight bear species now being listed as endangered or in severe decline.

To volunteer with bears abroad you must have a passion and interest in different species of bear, and want to work closely with non-domestic captive animals. If that sounds like you, check out the options on this page.

Get your claws into these bear volunteering projects


Volunteer with Bears in Borneo

from £1268

14 - 28 days


Volunteer with the smallest (and cutest!) of bears at this inspiring sun bear rehabilitation centre in Borneo. Immerse yourself in...

Volunteer with Bears in Romania

from £995

7 - 28 days


Provide bears with a new life in the largest bear sanctuary in Eastern Europe. Explore your fascinating surroundings, with Dracula's...

Giant Panda Center in China

from £533

7 - 28 days


Assist in an essential and rewarding program with giant pandas in China. Make a real impact in safeguarding this captivating...

Orangutan Conservation in Borneo

from £1280

15 - 29 days


Volunteer at the award-winning Matang Wildlife Centre in Sarawak, Borneo, and get up close and personal with orangutans, sun bears...

Orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia

from £1195

15 - 29 days


Join this fantastic once in a lifetime experience where you will be able to work alongside both orang-utans and sun...

Ultimate Cambodian Adventure

from £840.65

14 - 14 days

Best of Vietnam

from £1025.1

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