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Volunteer in Animal Care

Volunteer in Animal Care

If you've always dreamed of volunteering with animals, you've come to the right place. GivingWay allows you to search for and find volunteer opportunities with animals around the globe. You can contribute to animal welfare and wildlife conservation in all kinds of environments, from rain forests to farms and cities. Volunteering opportunities include research, photography, wild animal rescue, abandoned dog rescueteaching English, caring for rescued animals, and more. There are many ways to make your travel experience meaningful with animals – use this world map to view them!

Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits

La Gran Vista Agroecological Farm

Summer 2018: Volunteer at a sustainable Eco-farm in Costa Rica with a group from all over the world!

Repunta Daniel Flores, Costa Rica.
July 23 - July 30, 2018
Finca La Gran Vista was established on January 16, 2001 as a non-profit project. It has the aim of spreading awareness of environmentally sustainable agricultural methods to other farmers in the region. The farm is run by a family of five: Xinia, Donald, Max, Larry, and Terry. Finca La Gran Vista sits on twelve acres, and accommodates horses, chickens, ducks, medicinal plants, fruit trees, grass for forage, several crop species, spring-water wells, an area of rainforest, red worm composting for soil regeneration, and a pond.


Animal Care - Featured Volunteering Non-Profits

Biodiversity Research Institute

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

35 Reviews

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine is an animal release center situated in the Atlantic Forest. We combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals and offer them a chance of freedom!

13 Reviews

Merazonia Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation centre for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals, located on 250 acres of rainforest, in Mera, Ecuador, South America.

9 Reviews

How to Volunteer in Animal Care

Why Volunteer in the Animal Care field?

There are many meaningful ways to volunteer with animals: you can protect endangered species, give care and attention to pets waiting to be adopted, support local farms, collect data for scientific research (which could include diving in the ocean or going on an expedition in the jungle!), and more. You can even participate in animal-assisted therapy to help children!

How to choose the right volunteer organization?

These are a few useful questions to help you choose the animal care program that best fits your interests: What kind of environment would you like to volunteer in? What causes are important to you? What language(s) do you speak or would you like to improve? What are you curious about? Having specific skills in animal care and wildlife conservation is useful, but not mandatory in most projects. As long as you have a good will to help animals, there will always be volunteer opportunities for you!

What is it like to volunteer in the Animal Care field?

The work involved in animal care depends on the location. In the rainforest and in the ocean, you can contribute to field research. On the shore, one very popular cause in Central America is to protect turtles. If you prefer to work in a family atmosphere, you can stay on a farm and help locals look after their animals. You can use your skills as a photographer as well! Indeed, many nonprofits are searching for volunteers to capture photos of animals in their natural habitat. If for some reason you are unable to travel at the moment, you also have the option to volunteer from home, helping nonprofits to fundraise or create a website.

Essential information about volunteering in the Animal Care field

There are certain things you may want to evaluate before confirming your volunteer trip abroad: Are you allergic to pets? Are you sensitive to noise? (dog shelters can be quite noisy) Do you have all the required documentation (valid passport, visa, etc.) to enter the country you chose? The weather conditions are also important to consider especially if you plan on volunteering outdoor. For instance, in some places in South America and Africa, the climate can be very hot and humid. Volunteering with animals is a challenging but incredibly rewarding experience, especially if you get to share it with friendly local communities and volunteers from all over the world!