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Volunteer Abroad with Animals

Biodiversity Research Institute

Come to Brazil and learn more about Biodiversity & the Environment!

Iporanga, Brazil, South America.
92% response rate
The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

Un poco del Chocó

Gualea-Quito, Ecuador, South America.
Accommodation Meals
Un poco del Chocó is a private nature reserve and biological station in the montane rainforest of Northwest Ecuador.

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

Iporanga, Brazil, South America.
83% response rate , 23 hour(s) response time.
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!

The center receives wild animals caught by the police and the environment ministry as pets. We work on their rehabilitation to bring them back to the wild.

Volunteering With India

Jaipur, India, South Asia.
Accommodation Meals
Volunteering With India is a NGO Non-Profit Government Organization which is registered under Rajasthan, Indian Society Registration act 1958.

La Gran Vista Agroecological Farm

Repunta Daniel Flores, Costa Rica, Central America.
Accommodation Meals
Background of the Organization:

Finca La Gran Vista was established on January 16, 2001, as a non-profit project with the aim of spreading awareness of environmentally sustainable agricultural methods to other farmers in the region. It is intended to provide an example for other farms .

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Gardenstown, Banff, United Kingdom, Europe.
Accommodation Meals
69% response rate , 46 hour(s) response time.
Formed in 1997, the CRRU is a small non-profit research organisation in northeast Scotland dedicated to the welfare, conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises through scientific investigation, education, and the provision of a 24 hour rescue service for stranded animals.

KIDO Foundation

Carriacou, Grenada, The Caribbean.
Our local not-for-profit organization established in 1995, monitors & protects critically endangered nesting sea turtles (Hawksbills & Leatherbacks) and their habitats, carries on youth environmental education and conservation practices and train turtle/nature local guides

Para La Tierra

Accommodation Meals
We’re a not-for-profit conservation organisation that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. We also promote a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed

Maya Universe Academy

Byas, Tanahun, Nepal, South Asia.
Accommodation Meals
100% response rate , 15 hour(s) response time.
Maya Universe Academy is a social entrepreneurship project whose mission is to improve access to quality education to rural communities in Nepal as a response to the failed public school system and unaffordable private schools

Choosing to work as a volunteer with wildlife has a clear benefit to your travels abroad since it will give you the incredible opportunity to mix travel with a worthwhile cause you believe in. Working with wildlife in their natural habitat isn’t just incredibly rewarding, it's also an incredibly important cause to the world we live in. The illegal wildlife trade industry, making billions annually, drives species to near extinction (a whopping increase of 7700% in Rhino poaching in South Africa alone in 6 years!). More than that, threats relating to our ‘ecological footprint’ such as deforestation, climate change effects, infrastructure, bycatch, overfishing, and pollution are just a few of the causes that contribute to the destruction of many natural habitats. There’s plenty to do - and when coupled with the right organization, how you choose to act can have a tremendous impact. 

So, WHAT can you do?

Organizations around the world offer tremendous amounts of programs and projects for enthusiastic volunteers who are looking to improve the lives of many endangered animals, so you can choose the organization and the cause that matches your skills and interests most. You can work in wildlife sanctuaries, conduct research, develop facilities, work in rehabilitation centers, promote animal rights in different places, or get involved with education in communities.

What are the benefits?

While volunteering abroad with animals can be an incredible experience for all animal lovers out there, it can also be a great choice if you’re interested in practicing veterinary, hydrology, oceanography, biology, or zoology in your future. Many organizations use innovative approaches and methods as part of their ongoing work, so with the right groundwork and matching between your interests and field of work/research on a given organization - you can have a fantastic starting point to your career.

Where would you work? 

As we’ve mentioned, wildlife conservation in particular, and volunteering with animals in general is also an amazing way to approach a travel experience: just imagine working with elephants in Thailand, big cats in Bolivia, Pandas in China, or Rhinos in South Africa. Each region faces different challenges, and organizations are often working around local issues - from deforestation to wildlife trade. Start by researching the area and choosing where it is you’re interested in travel too. Once you have that figured out - finding the organization for you is within reach. So, are you ready for an adventure?