Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Founded in 1997 as one of the first volunteer abroad agencies on the web and one of the pioneers in worldwide volunteering abroad, WorkingAbroad now runs programmes in over 30 countries across the world focusing on wildlife conservation and community development projects. We strive to provide people with a guide to taking the first step towards a career that is aimed at the betterment of other people’s lives and conserving the natural environment, which is reflected in our logo:  Take Action for Nature and Society. We also place a huge importance on ethical volunteering – you can read more about our ethical stance here.

Our aim is to be the go-to website for ethical and responsible volunteer and internship opportunities abroad

We work with international NGO’s at the forefront of marine conservation volunteering, wildlife and habitat conservation volunteering, environmental education and ecology, community and rural development projects, medical care volunteer programmes and internships. We run volunteer abroad projects in many countries all throughout Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. Our main objective is to offer meaningful and ethical opportunities to volunteers, who want to make an actual difference in a local community. We place high importance on the quality of the local organisations that we partner with. Our partners are always fully registered, on-the-ground respected operators with well-trained staff, who will support the volunteers before and during their stay and who fulfil our ethical criteria.

The majority of volunteers choose to join our programmes because of our ethical stance:

“I was aware this was part of your policy and it helped give me confidence that the project you offered were ones I would feel comfortable participating in”…. “Yes…. All sea turtle programs were ethically correct”…. “Absolutely….Yes it was definitely the main reason I chose to join WorkingAbroad”

WorkingAbroad’s co-founder Vicky McNeil was interviewed in the Claws Out Documentary speaking out against lion exploitation and unethical wildlife practices and they have said:

“Founder Vicky McNeil was kind enough to be interviewed for the Claws Out film and is our advocate and champion for the travel industry, and we are proud to have WorkingAbroad as one of our partners.”

Meet the team

Our staff live in different parts of the UK and our wonderful interns and bloggers live as far as Canada and South Africa!

Our story

WorkingAbroad was established in Switzerland in 1997 by two ex-volunteers after they had travelled extensively and worked as volunteers abroad in India, Ecuador, the USA and Thailand.

Top 13 volunteer projects abroad in 2021

Whilst by no means comprehensive, we have compiled a list of the 13 best environmental conservation volunteer projects to join in 2021. These volunteer abroad projects have all received great feedback from previous volunteers, have a positive impact on their local environment and community, and are committed to our policy on ethical standards



Top 8 volunteer projects mitigating climate change

Find out about our TOP 8 conservation volunteer projects that you can join on your next travels. Be a part of the solutions that are trying to prevent climate change from further developing into the environmental disaster that most expect from the future. Let’s be part of the chain of hope that young environmental figures like Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have started.

Take Part in our Photography Competition every month

We want to see your pictures from volunteering abroad! Each month you have the chance to be part of our photo competition depicting all the great moments from your time volunteering abroad. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to stay updated on when each competition starts/ends or click here.

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