A man conducting a wildlife census as part of Projects Abroad's conservation volunteer work abroad.

Animal Conservation Volunteering Abroad

Explore the world of wildlife conservation in the savanna, rainforest, and small islands

Once you’ve done conservation volunteer work abroad with us, you’ll never quite see the world in the same way again. You’ll experience the beauty and vulnerability of nature, and work with an international team to help protect endangered wildlife. We share the same goal: to protect our planet for years to come. So get your backpack because you’re going on an adventure!

Our volunteer projects cover an incredible range of species and environments, from mountains at the top of the world, to the islands that inspired Darwin to ponder the origin of life. If you love volunteering with animals, you can unleash your passion in different ways, like:

  • Protect the Big 5 and work with animals like elephants, lions, and leopards at a nature reserve in Africa
  • Explore the rich biodiversity and wildlife in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
  • Support wildlife rehabilitation at the renowned Taricaya Ecological Lodge in the heart of the Amazon 

You’ll support and learn from professional environmentalists and scientists, as well as people from the local community. We offer safe, ethical, and sustainable environmental volunteer opportunities, and you’ll always be aware of the impact of your work. In addition to making a difference, you’ll develop important skills for working in wildlife conservation. These include reforestation efforts, and scientific research methods.

We’re here to help you choose the project that lets you pursue your passion for animals and nature. Read about our best animal volunteer projects abroad, or if your interests are drawing you more to ocean depths, check out our Marine Conservation Projects.

Gain Academic Credit

As a wildlife volunteer, you can sign up for our Diploma in International Volunteering. This has the option to specialise in Wildlife Conservation, designed to pair perfectly with our animal volunteer programs. You’ll gain academic credit while you volunteer, giving your university applications an extra boost.

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A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.
Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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  • Price: €2,245 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: €390
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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  • Price: €2,245 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: €390
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Elephant family roaming through the wilderness of Botswana in Africa
Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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  • Price: €2,420 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: €440
  • Start Date: July and August
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
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Is animal conservation volunteering abroad right for me?

Our Conservation & Environment Projects are ideal for people who want to do animal volunteering abroad, and carry out fieldwork in fascinating environments. You’ll be given the relevant training when you arrive, like reforestation techniques or setting camera traps, so there’s no need for previous experience. A passion for wildlife conservation and your explorer’s hat are great starting points! 

These projects are a good fit for anyone interested in the outdoors and wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities. You’ll be actively involved in conservation efforts, which includes educating local people about the importance of protecting the environment. Your work may include doing research, collecting data in the field, reforestation, and more. 

If you're looking to complete a conservation internship abroad, we've got just the thing. Read our blog on Wildlife Conservation internships, where we give you the low down on the practical opportunities we provide on our Animal Conservation Projects.

If you’re interested in volunteer work with animals, but feel a Conservation & Environment Project isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Projects. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

A leopard spotted by volunteers at the Wildlife Conservation Project in Botswana.

What will I gain from Conservation volunteer work abroad?

By volunteering with animals in the heart of natural environments, you’ll give back to a community that needs help while developing your own skills.

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:

  • Knowledge of practical conservation and environmental sciences.
  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

These benefits will improve your resume for future applications, and enhance your personal development.

Why do Conservation volunteer projects abroad matter?

Protecting our planet is more important than ever. As the human population increases, natural habitats and resources are declining. This has a devastating impact on wildlife and vulnerable ecosystems. They cannot recover and begin to thrive once more without our help.  

In today’s fast-paced society, it’s easy to feel like part of the problem rather than the solution. Now’s the time to start making a worthwhile contribution, so that future generations can enjoy our planet for years to come.

How are our Conservation Volunteer Projects Abroad different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities and environments we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here are just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other animal volunteer opportunities abroad:

Be fully supported by staff

You’ll work alongside members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers. In each project, there is a full-time member of staff whose job it is to support our volunteers. They’ll work with you to make sure you spend your time in a way that genuinely makes an impact and brings value to the project you visit. 

In addition, many of our staff at Conservation Projects are experts in the field, with years of training and practical experience under their belts. 

Recording our work in a secure database 

We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. We can also monitor individual projects to track their development. 

For example, at our Conservation Project in the Galapagos Islands, volunteers removed 50% of the invasive black rat population in a petrel nesting area in 2018. Since the removal, 142 petrel chicks and 32 nests were recorded. By collecting this data and adding it to our database, we can show the tangible impact of our work through facts and numbers across specific periods of time. 

Projects that have an impact

All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term, as well as the animal species we work with.

A group of Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers listen to a staff member explain an activity outdoors at their project.

Our Animal Protection Policy

We take protecting the animals and wildlife we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Animal Protection Policy.

Projects Abroad volunteers work together with our conservation partner organisations to protect the environment.

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