Volunteering With Animals

Wildlife Volunteer Programs

Do you have a passion for animals and wildlife? Love Volunteers Wildlife Conservation volunteer abroad programs offer exciting opportunities for you to get real world hands-on experience with conservation efforts in Asia, Africa and The Americas!

Whether it be working with Asian Elephants, patrolling an African Game Reserve, rehabilitating indigenous species of the Amazon, or protecting endangered Giant Sea Turtles, we have a program that will not only suit your interests, but will provide you with an opportunity to make a real and lasting contribution.

Wildlife Conservation projects are best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the projects are open to all and do not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders.

As with all of our voluntary service programs, you will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow volunteers from all over the world. Not only will you make a real contribution to your chosen project, but you will get to travel and explore a new country, as well as make new friends for life!

Join us on one of our safe, fun and affordable Wildlife and Animal Conservation projects below and be part of something great!

Programs

13 programs
  • Pastaza Province, Ecuador
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 779
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the amazing wildlife of the Amazon. For those with a love for animals and an adventurous spirit – this program offers a fabulous experience. Based at an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle, volunteers work in partnership with an indigenous Quichuan…

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • from 1 week
  • Guest House
  • from USD 619
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This wonderful program’s aim is to simply provide care to animals in need. The Sanctuary was founded in 2010 by a local mother and daughter team, who were driven by the ill treatment of animals in their own country. Over time the shelter has grown from strength to strength and combined with the assistance from international volunteers, they now…

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  • Philippi Farming Area, South Africa
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 449
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This wonderful project works to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need in the Philippi farming area. The residents live in extreme poverty, well below the poverty line. There is a huge issue with stray animals/pets in the area, largely dogs and some cats. Due to the tough economic and social situation in the area, these animals are often…

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  • Split, Croatia
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 879
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 17+

This wonderful Animal Rescue program in Croatia supports an animal shelter in the seaside city of Split. The Shelter provides refuge to hundreds of domestic animals that are abandoned or born homeless every year. With far too many animals neglected and far too few shelters to cater to their needs volunteers are desperately needed here!

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  • Arusha, Tanzania
  • from 2 weeks
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 869
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This wonderful program works in a number of ways to raise awareness of and stop the abuse and neglect of animals, while also providing hands-on care for animals in need. Volunteers can choose to work on the animal welfare campaign, or in the animal shelter – or do both! The need of more adequate animal care and education of the population in…

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  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 609
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

Volunteering with an endangered species of elephant is surely one of the most unique and exciting programs any international volunteer could participate in! This essential program is located in an elephant nursery nestled in a beautiful mountain valley around one hour from Thailand’s cultural capital Chiang Mai. Dedicated to…

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  • Playa Agujas, Puerto Jiménez, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 639
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 17+

This essential program aims to conserve Costa Rica's precious marine environment, which has been decimated by human activities to the point of endangerment. Sadly, without preservation, much of this area's  incredible marine life may cease to exist.

Volunteers have the unique opportunity to work alongside marine biologists at a field…

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  • Playa Matapalo, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 469
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 17+

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the amazing sea turtle. The Turtle Conservation Program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list. Sadly…

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  • Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 419
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This essential program works to save Costa Rica’s wildlife that is facing a crisis of epic proportions. Development, agriculture, illegal exotic animal trade and contamination are just a few of the issues that affect wildlife and many species are under threat. Volunteers on this fantastic program will spend time working in animal rescue centers…

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  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • from 1 week
  • Guest House
  • from USD 759
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This fabulous project was developed to simply save the lives of the majestic native animals of South Africa. The Wildlife Protection program is based on a spectacular Game Reserve just outside Port Elizabeth. The 6000 hectares of land are filled with a variety of wild life, including the ‘Big 5’. In addition to the mixture of grasslands and sub…

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  • Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 779
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 17+

This wonderfully ambitious program aims to provide sustainable water sources in Kenya's Tsavo West National Park, one of the world's largest protected Wildlife reserves.

Drought conditions in Tsavo in previous years have seen watering holes dry up and food sources depleted across the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, leaving…

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  • New South Wales, Australia
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 549
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included
  • 18+

This heart-warming Australian wildlife program aims to rescue some of the thousands of precious Australian indigenous animals who are forced from their natural habitat, injured, orphaned or who become sick due to increasing interaction with humans. 

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  • Mafra, Portugal
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 1239
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

Volunteer in a Wolf Sanctuary in Portugal to protect the native Iberian wolf species, Canis lupus signatus, and assist in the conservation of this iconic predator.

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