With so many animal conservation projects offered these days it’s easy to get your head in a spin when choosing the right program for you… but you don’t have too. Volunteer with animals abroad and you could be travelling the world saving species from extinction and helping to create cleaner, more sustainable environments for all our animal friends.
Protect the elephants from being chained up in cages in Thailand or fight against turtles being caught in plastic refuse washing up on Mexican shores. Animal conservation volunteering can result in long days fighting for our four-legged friends’ survival usually spending your day researching, collecting data, testing hypothesis’ and evaluating results.
Working hours vary from project to project. Some allow volunteers weekends off to explore the neighbouring areas while others require volunteers to work 6-7 days a week due to the sporadic nature of the wildlife in the conservation project. Sleeping arrangements also differ in each program with some offering homestays for a unique insight into the locals every-day life while others offer hostel-like shared bedrooms with shared kitchen and living spaces. Whatever the fine print, animal conservation is a very worthy act to participate in and something that will look brilliant on your CV.
Experience hands-on wildlife veterinary and conservation science in South Africa, and earn 6 university credits.
5 weeks community volunteering with street children and youth groups in Kigali + 1 week trekking with silver back gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Applications for 2017 now open!
Encounter groups of Asiatic elephants deep within the heart of Sri Lanka’s lush jungles.
Get involved with incredible wildlife conservation in Costa Rica, including looking after baby turtles, tracking big cats and reforestation in the woodland areas! What more could you want?
Work hands on with a variety of primate species at a well-respected rescue centre. You will learn about primate behaviour and care as well as providing enrichment for rescued monkeys.
The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage is a sanctuary for a wide range of wildlife species, run by dedicated conservationists and with the help of enthusiastic international volunteers.
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife.
Discover the rainforests of Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the elusive and endangered Jaguar.
Get involved with this turtle conservation project located on a beautiful island just a short speed boat ride from Bali and help protect these amazing animals.
Travel to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province and volunteer with elephants rescued from working in the tourist industry.