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December 1, 2023 | Wildlife & Animal Care

Embarking on a journey of animal volunteering abroad is not just a chance to witness incredible wildlife; it’s an opportunity to actively contribute to the well-being and conservation of some of the planet’s most majestic creatures. In this guide, we’ll explore the best places to volunteer abroad with animals in 2023-2024, providing unique experiences that go beyond the ordinary. From the vast landscapes of South Africa to the serene beauty of Sri Lanka and the cultural charm of Thailand, let’s discover the top destinations for animal enthusiasts.

Why Volunteer in our Animal and Wildlife programs?


1. Preservation of Biodiversity: Volunteering for a wildlife and animal conservation program allows you to actively contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. By participating in conservation efforts, you play a crucial role in safeguarding various species from the threats of habitat loss, poaching, and other environmental challenges.

2. Hands-On Experience: Engaging in a wildlife and animal conservation program provides a unique opportunity for hands-on experience. Volunteers often work closely with professionals, gaining practical insights into the daily tasks involved in caring for and protecting diverse wildlife.

3. Environmental Education: Volunteering in conservation programs not only benefits the animals but also contributes to environmental education. As a volunteer, you can raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and sustainable practices, fostering a sense of responsibility for the planet.

4. Contribution to Ecosystem Health: Wildlife plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. Volunteering allows you to contribute to the overall health of ecosystems by supporting initiatives that protect keystone species and promote ecological harmony.

5. Personal Growth and Fulfillment: Beyond the tangible contributions to conservation, volunteering in wildlife and animal programs offers personal growth and fulfillment. The experience allows you to connect with nature, develop empathy, and make a positive impact on the lives of animals, fostering a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Here are a list of programs we offer:

Wildlife Conservation in South Africa


Wildlife Conservation in South Africa

Imagine yourself deep in the African bush, surrounded by the magnificent Big 5 – elephants, lions, hyenas, and leopards. Our Big 5 Wild Animal Conservation program in South Africa offers this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Volunteers actively participate in research and monitoring efforts on a reserve, gaining invaluable insights into the lives of these iconic species.

The focus of this project revolves around some of the key species; elephants, lions, hyenas and leopards. You will also be involved with monitoring breeding initiatives of buffalo, Livingston eland and nyala. Habitat work also plays an important part of the monitoring process. The reserve is a vast Big 5 nature reserve covering an area of 25.000 hectares and is situated in the Lowveld area, the home of nature conservation in South Africa.

Here, your work is vital for accurate management of the animals within the reserve. The data collected is also made available to students and researchers that we host, as well as several national conservation projects, including the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT).

Dog Care Volunteer in Sri Lanka


Dog Care Volunteer in Sri Lanka

For those with a passion for man’s best friend, our Animal Care Volunteering program in Southern Sri Lanka focuses on a dog shelter. Here, volunteers become the caretakers of sick and disabled dogs, offering essential medical care and love to those who need it most.

This Dog Care Volunteer Program in Sri Lanka is of utmost importance to provide these vulnerable dogs in  Sri Lanka with a level of care that gives them the best chance to survive and thrive. The main goals of this animal care program is to provide:

  • Consistent neutering programs to reduce the number of stray dogs
  • Mass vaccinations in to reduce diseases and to minimize the risk of rabies to both humans and animals
  • Treatment and care of injured and sick dogs
  • Increase the understanding between dogs and humans
  • To help the locals in Sri Lanka through social adoption projects

Dog Care Volunteer in Costa Rica


Dog Care Volunteer in Costa Rica

Volunteering for Dog Care in Costa Rica presents a unique opportunity to engage with the country’s vibrant culture while contributing to vital animal welfare efforts. Renowned for its environmental policies and rich biodiversity, Costa Rica also grapples with challenges in protecting its diverse wildlife. The Wildlife Program in Costa Rica focuses on aiding rescued and endangered animals, addressing issues that often go unnoticed in developing nations.

As a volunteer, you play a crucial role in supporting local teams by undertaking daily animal husbandry tasks, including cleaning enclosures, food preparation, feeding, enclosure maintenance, and creating materials for environmental enrichment.

The program extends beyond dog care, offering options to volunteer with wild animals in nature reserves or contribute to marine wildlife conservation, particularly with turtles. This multifaceted experience allows volunteers to make a meaningful impact while immersing themselves in the beauty and challenges of Costa Rica’s conservation landscape.

Dog Volunteer in Nepal


Dog care Volunteer in Nepal


In Nepal, the treatment of stray animals, including cats and dogs, differs significantly from their counterparts in Western countries. Abandoned and left to navigate the challenges of survival, these animals often become victims of abuse and brutality, resulting in permanent injuries or undignified deaths.

The global pandemic has further exacerbated their plight, hindering their survival and making safe rescue for placement in animal shelters a challenging endeavor. In Kathmandu, our stray animal care shelter stands as a beacon of hope for these long-suffering creatures.

As an animal volunteer in this program, you play a vital role in rescue missions, providing nourishment, administering baths, cleaning the animals, and maintaining the shelter—a collective effort to bring solace and care to animals in dire need.

Wild Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka


Wild Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, with its rich biodiversity, beckons volunteers to participate in the Elephant Conservation Volunteer Program. Nestled in the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness, this program allows volunteers to work alongside local conservationists, educators, and villagers in safeguarding majestic elephants.

Living in a field house right outside Wasgamuwa National park will be an experience of a lifetime. Wasgamuwa is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of Sri Lanka where Wild Elephants can be seen in large herds. This conservation program is an award winning animal conservation program conducted by the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society. The team has researchers and scientists who are in the forefront of Asian Elephant Conservation work.

The mission of our Wild Elephant Conservation Program is to enable communities to balance ecosystem protection and economic development for sustainable conservation. The focus is on helping people, elephants and other wildlife co-exist peacefully.

We work with the local community to mitigate human-elephant conflict and provide sustainable, alternative livelihoods for farmers in rural Sri Lanka. Revenues generated through fees paid by our volunteers on this project are critical to support conservation research and community work.

Elephant Care Volunteer Thailand


Elephant Care Volunteer Thailand

Thailand, known for its cultural richness, also offers a unique volunteering opportunity for elephant enthusiasts. The Elephant Care Volunteer program in Thailand allows participants to spend their days caring for and bonding with elephants in a sanctuary setting.

From feeding and bathing to learning about their behavior, volunteers actively contribute to the well-being of elephants. The program goes beyond the superficial tourist interactions, providing a meaningful experience that fosters a deep connection between volunteers and these incredible creatures.

Set in the stunning Mae Wang valley the elephant home has been created by local elephant owners through their commitment to a move away from the traditional and out of date elephant riding / human centered interactions to an experience where visitors get the opportunity to learn about, care for, and work alongside the local mahouts helping to show that this is the right future for human / elephant interaction – one which puts the elephants well being first and allows people to see them for the wonderful creatures that they are.

Through living and working on site with the mahouts and the elephants visitors can spent as much time as they wish with the elephants (although always in the presence of mahouts), help prepare their food, feed them, help clean their living area and walk with the elephants and bathe them in the local river.

Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation Programs


Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation Programs

Costa Rica

Embark on a journey as a guardian of marine life in Costa Rica through our Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation volunteer abroad program. Collaborate with trained biologists to protect nesting sites, witness the marvel of turtle hatchlings, and contribute to the care of disabled turtles.

The Maldives

For an equally captivating experience, join our Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation volunteer abroad program in the Maldives. Collaborate with trained biologists to protect nesting sites, witness the marvel of turtle hatchlings, and contribute to the care of disabled turtles.

Volunteering abroad with animals is a transformative experience that not only allows you to witness diverse wildlife but actively participate in their conservation. Whether you choose to venture into the African bush, provide care for dogs in Sri Lanka, contribute to elephant conservation in the Sri Lankan wilderness, or bond with elephants in Thailand, each program offers a unique perspective and a chance to make a meaningful impact.

As you plan your animal volunteering adventure for 2023-2024, consider the destination that aligns with your passion and values. It’s not just a journey; it’s a commitment to the well-being of our planet and its incredible inhabitants. Embrace the opportunity to become a guardian of wildlife and contribute to a future where humans and animals coexist harmoniously.

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