Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Use WorkingAbroad’s comprehensive volunteer database to find the volunteering or internship opportunity abroad that’s right for you.

Our international volunteering database features projects from across the globe sorted into categories, making your search simple. You can search by country and activity for wildlife conservation volunteering projects, healthcare volunteering opportunities, environmental and farming projects and many more.

We hope that your choice will provide you with new opportunities to make a positive difference in the world. Please also rest assured that all projects listed on our website meet our policies on ethical volunteering abroad.

  • Amazon Conservation Volunteer Forest Ranger Programme, Peru

    While on patrol, the Forest Rangers collect a wealth of research data. This helps keep track of wildlife populations and biodiversity. They also identify areas where impact to the forest may be likely to happen in the future. The Forest Ranger team also contributes to the long-term collection of core data sets. This is for both Neotropical mammals and for big trees. The rangers are also responsible for maintaining an extensive trail network and boundary lines. As well as all boundary signage and flagging. They also support relations with our neighbouring communities and forest concessionaires.

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  • Nature’s Valley Research Ecology Volunteers, South Africa

    Research volunteers will work on long term ecological projects, experiencing conservation-based research in several different biomes and habitat types including beach, estuary, river, fynbos (shrubland or heathland vegetation), forest and urban areas. This project will give you a range of experience, working with whales, dolphins, fish, aquatic macroinvertebrates, seals, marine birds, primates and more!

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  • San Bushmen Medical Programme, Namibia

    As a volunteer on the San Bushmen Medical Programme, you will help provide primary healthcare to the local community and surrounding area in which around 500 San and Herero people live. Around 80% of the patients treated are San. The San are considered to be the oldest culture in the world and currently live in extreme poverty. Often suffering from malnutrition, disease, discrimination and abuse the San Bushmen Programme is providing a lifeline to this community through healthcare and education.

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  • Coral Farming Intern, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation programme. Become the Coral Farming Intern and be responsible for all aspects of the coral farming program in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park, while also getting the chance to be involved in a variety of other projects on site. Interns can join the project for between 2 and 5 months throughout the year.

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  • Carnival Preparation Volunteer Programme, Brazil

    From November-February, the Carnival Programme allows volunteers to get involved in the preparation and hard work that goes into one of the biggest parties on the face of the earth! Samba schools competing at the Carnival have a full year of intense work to prepare the many floats, costumes, music and dances. Samba schools are born from the local favelas and most of the schools take their names from the community they represent.

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  • Dolphin & Whale Conservation Volunteer Programme, Italy

    The research focuses on the spectacularly large fin whale as well as on sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales, striped and bottlenose dolphins.

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  • Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

    This Wildlife Rescue centre rescues injured and abandoned animals with the aim of returning them to the wild as soon as they are fit and able. There are opportunities for volunteers to work with animals and help improve the rescue centre, whilst also having the opportunity to learn Spanish, and take yoga and surf lessons. Located in the stunning Nicoya province on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in a paradisical location surrounded by a large tropical garden overlooking the sea.

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  • Playa Tortuga Tree Boa Research Project, Costa Rica

    Volunteers can join the tree boa research study taking place at night time. These reptiles are an important part of the ecosystem, depending on the wetlands nearby. The aim of the research is to determinate the population size, local movements of the individuals and add more data to the biology of the species by getting morphometric data, to determine aspects such as the sex ratio in the population.

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  • Limpopo Lipadi Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, Botswana

    Take part in tracking African wild dogs, monitoring lions, leopards, elephants and other important species in a beautiful 20,000 hectare game reserve in Botswana.

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  • Hospital Volunteering, Nepal

    Volunteer in either a children’s hospital or busy government-run hospital in Nepal and gain experience by shadowing qualified doctors for 2 to 16 weeks. Volunteers can choose which area of their hospital they would like to join with Oncology, Cardio, ICU, Radiology, Surgery, Physiotherapy and Neurology some of the options to choose from.

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