Environmental and wildlife conservation programs are an excellent way to get hands-on experience with some of the global issues that we currently face while having the opportunity to work with exotic fauna and flora.
Why you should become a conservation volunteer
This is a great opportunity for anyone at any phase in their life to tackle some of the global issues we face. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with critically endangered species and travel to remote locations. Anyone can become a conservation volunteer, no prior experience required. Any training required will be provided on site. Whether your a high-schooler volunteering over spring break, an upcoming college student on gap year, or a career-breaker, your assistance is sorely needed to protect some of the most critically endangered animal and plant life.
What you can do as a conservation volunteer
The projects available to a conservation volunteer are far and wide. This is a great opportunity to participate in fascinating projects that would otherwise be unavailable in your local area.
Due to illegal trade, poaching, pollution and loss of habitat, many species today are endangered and face extinction. Volunteers are needed to safeguard these vital species and rehabilitate them for release, conduct important data collection and research, and help raise awareness in local communities.
The tasks available to a wildlife conservation volunteer can vary from working at a rescue center taking care of stray or abandoned dogs, to rehabilitating endangered wildlife at a sanctuary, to participating in assignments in-the-field. For the more adventurous types, some program providers offer a more rugged experience, where the volunteer will be camping under the stars.
On the other side, the environmental conservation volunteer can work in a variety of biomes, from coastal and marine, to savannah and rainforest. Volunteers can work on reforestation projects, coral preservation, or data collection. Volunteers can also help raise awareness of environmental issues with the local community.
Most loved projects
Volunteer for Environmental Conservation at a Cloud Forest Reserve in San Ramon, Costa Rica
Costa Rica · 3 ‐ 12 weeks duration
Volunteer with a Monkey Rescue Center in South Africa
South Africa · $579/week · 1 ‐ 12 weeks duration
Volunteer for Environmental Conservation in Valencia, Spain
Spain · $625/week · 2 ‐ 16 weeks duration
Thailand is well known for its elephant sanctuaries, where the volunteer can help rehabilitate elephants and maintain their enclosures. Thailand also has beautiful white-sand beaches that require assistance to preserve their pristine condition.View projects
Costa Rica is known for its coastal and marine conservation programs, which include sea turtle conservation. Volunteers can also participate in dolphin research and conservation.View projects
South Africa is, without a doubt, one of the most popular destinations for wildlife projects, and it's easy to see why. Africa is known for its "Big 5" safari animals: the elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhino. You'll have the opportunity to work with exotic and endangered animals.View projects
Planting a tree for a reforestation project in San Juan, Costa Rica.
Volunteers with an elephant on a wildlife reserve in South Africa.
Two crocodiles at a wildlife reserve in San Juan, Costa Rica.
One of the monkeys in a monkey sanctuary in South Africa with Plan My Gap Year.
Volunteers cleaning up the beach in Costa Rica.
Releasing newly hatched sea turtles on the beaches of Costa Rica with Maximo Nivel.
Volunteer with a rescue dog in Cusco, Peru with Maximo Nivel.
Cleaning a sea turtle at a sea turtle rehabilitation center.
Elephants enjoying their sanctuary in Thailand.
One of the tigers at a wildlife rescue center in Oudtshoorn, South Africa with Cango Wildlife Ranch.