Wildlife conservation, community and environmental 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

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?