Wildlife conservation and community volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Volunteer in Wilderness & Nature Reserves

"I particularly loved meeting all the other volunteers – such lovely, lovely people, and I hope to stay in touch with some of them! I have some fantastic memories of my time and wouldn’t change a single minute of it"

Terry Palmar

If you haven’t been lucky enough to experience it yourself, then you’ve probably heard about the serenity that one can feel when standing in the middle of a vast expanse of one of nature’s many incredible landscapes – be it forests, meadows, mountains, beaches, craters or deserts.  There is something truly special about being able to connect with untouched nature and to be in a space where the collection of fauna and flora keeps one captivated indefinitely.

These protected spaces are not only incredibly beautiful however, they are also vitally functional.  They are a crucial part of conservation work and they provide invaluable habitat to many of the world’s wild species.  They also often cater for the various endangered species, trying to create and sustain space for them in an increasingly environmentally threatening planet.  In addition, they are important parts of research and education, giving wildlife conservation volunteers a real opportunity to embrace, study and learn from ecology.

Our Projects with Reserves & Wilderness

  • Cloud Forest Conservation & Sustainability Volunteer Project, Ecuador

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £395

    Join us to volunteer in Ecuador and conserve cloud forests. Get involved in reforestation, wildlife monitoring, sustainable farming, and much more!

  • Community Development Volunteer Project, Peru

    • Duration 2+ Weeks
    • Prices from £424

    Volunteer in Peru and experience the ancient city of Cusco and Sacred Valley, while assisting on various community development projects and learning Spanish.

  • Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

    • Duration 4-12 weeks
    • Prices from £695

    Opportunities for volunteers and interns to work with rescued animals, with the objective to release them back into the wild.

  • Wildlife Rescue Internship Project, Canada

    • Duration 4 weeks-6 Months
    • Prices from £195

    Join a team of passionate animal husbandry professionals in the field and get hands-on experience in a wildlife rehabilitation centre that specialises in the treatment, care and release of sick, injured and orphaned Canadian native mammal species including black bear, raccoon, river otter, beaver and more.

  • Animal Rescue Volunteer Project, Portugal

    • Duration 2 Weeks+
    • Prices from £457

    Volunteer at an ethical animal rescue sanctuary in picturesque Portugal. Learn about animal behaviour, animal welfare, rescue animals and forest restoration.

  • Amazon Forest Rangers Volunteer Programme, Peru

    • Duration 1+ Weeks
    • Prices from £770

    Volunteer or intern in Peru and have the rare opportunity to work as a forest ranger, gaining experience in patrolling vulnerable areas and monitoring wildlife.

  • Conservation Volunteering in New Zealand

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £555

    Become a conservation volunteer and enjoy beautiful environments across New Zealand, whilst contributing to practical conservation projects.

  • Maldives Island Volunteer Project

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £1695

    Volunteer in the Maldives and join our sea turtle conservation, coral reef restoration and medical projects within the tropical island of Naifaru, the capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll.  We also offer a student vet programme and a family sea turtle eco programme too.

  • Reforestation Volunteer Project, Iceland

    • Duration 2 weeks
    • Prices from £345

    Volunteers are needed to help with ecological restoration and reforestation in the region of Heidmork, Esja,and Ulfarsfell in the southwest of Iceland near Reykjavík.

  • The Great African Seaforest Marine Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £795

    Join a team of passionate marine biologists and conservationists in the field and get hands-on experience working on marine research and conservation projects. Assist with scientific monitoring projects, citizen science initiatives and explore the kelp forests whilst on fish and shark surveys with the research team. Contribute to long term monitoring programmes of the great African sea forest.

  • White Wilderness – Carpathian Wolf Tracking Volunteer Project, Slovakia

    • Duration 1 Week+
    • Prices from £990

    Track Wolves in the beautiful Tatra mountains in Slovakia, the highest range of the Carpathians, and learn more about this magnificent animal.

  • Seychelles Island Conservation Volunteer Programme

    • Duration 4-8 Weeks
    • Prices from £2125

    Join various island and tropical wildlife conservation projects within the beautiful private tropical island paradise of the North Island in the Seychelles. These projects are aimed at conserving the natural environment of the island, focusing on Endangered Species Monitoring, Marine Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration.

Things To Know

Things To Know

There are a number of different types of reserves and wilderness spaces in which many of our wildlife conservation volunteer programmes take place.  Game Reserves are scattered across Africa and, historically, they have been about protecting the species threatened by illegal hunting like rhinos, elephants, lions and buffalo.  Our volunteer programmes in South Africa and Botswana are located in game reserves giving conservation volunteers the opportunity to get behind the scenes.

Other volunteer programmes take place in wildlife rescue centres where a safe space is provided to animals in dire need of protection.  We work with wildlife rescue centres in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Costa Rica and Namibia.   Being a part of these projects gives volunteers the opportunity to work closely with various animals and to be engaged in activities of caring for and learning about precious and threatened species.

National Parks & Reserves

National Parks & Reserves

Scattered across the globe, and forming a significant part of the list of the most beautiful places on the planet, are National Parks.  All our volunteer programmes in Iceland, Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Sri Lanka take place in different national parks.  These landscapes vary from the gigantic towering trees of Big Basin Redwoods National Park in the USA, to the wide, lush stretches of Wasgamuwa National Park in Sri Lanka, to the dramatic, icy clear lakes of Skaftafell National Park in Iceland.  There is nothing like these spaces to make you feel immensely small and incredibly in awe of nature.  Nature reserves provide protection for fauna and flora and are reserved and managed specifically for conservation.  You can volunteer in the Amazon in Peru in a pristine nature reserve or in a cloud forest reserve in Ecuador alongside scientists who are actively carrying out research that will help us further understand nature and will aid in conservation efforts.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

  • The largest living things in the world are in National Parks: Sequoia trees and Alaskan brown bears (the world’s largest living carnivores)?
  • Around 19 864 186㎢ of the total land area on the planet is protected?
  • Russia is the country with the most amount of total land area protected? Followed by China and Australia.
  • The United States established the first ‘public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people’, Yellowstone National Park, in 1872?
  • In 2014, more than 290 million people visited the National Parks in the USA?