Wildlife conservation and community 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.

  • Oregon Nature Conservancy Programme, USA

    Opportunity for Ecology and Botany students to work closely with conservation professionals in the Zumwalt Prairie in North Eastern Oregon in the USA.

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  • Cloud Forest Travelling, Volunteering and Learning Programme, Ecuador

    This is a Summer programme which is ideal for groups of volunteers who do not have much time to travel (one or two weeks) but still want to do something worthwhile. This project is only available for group bookings (minimum of 5 participants). The aim of this programme is to help to conserve a part of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest by participating in tree planting, trail work, research activities, sustainable living and food production as well as community projects.

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  • Playa Tortuga Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

    Conservation volunteers work within a non-profit biological research and education centre, helping to protect a number of different sea turtle species on the Playa Tortuga reserve. There are 4 potential species of sea turtles which can be seen nesting at different times of the year; Olive Ridley/ ‘Lora’ (Lepidochelys olivacea), Green (Chelonia mydas), Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). They are all in danger of extinction.

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  • Carnivore Conservation Kanaan Desert, Namibia

    The Carnivore Conservation Project in the Kanaan Desert aims to establish an unfenced wildlife reserve, creating a refuge for endangered species. The area covers 33,000 hectares of stunning desert scenery. During your stay, you will get hands-on experience with a variety of skills such as mapping using a GPS, capture mark release (using GPS tracking collars), radio telemetry tracking, game counts, camera trapping and maintenance and security.

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  • Playa Tortuga Mammal Inventory Monitoring Project, Costa Rica

    Conservation volunteers work within a non-profit biological research and education centre, using camera traps to monitor the diverse array of mammal species in Playa Tortuga. Within the Reserve, there are more than 11 species of mammals – the most common being raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, weasels, River Otters, Tayra and Monkeys. Capuchin Monkeys are easy to find into the Reserve forest, others such as Anteaters, Oposums, and Sloths are also common in the area but hard to observe. There is also evidence of an Ocelot (detected by trail cameras) in the Balso River.

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  • Wildlife Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Volunteer at a wildlife reserve in South Africa. A true bush experience which gives volunteers a chance to live amongst and help to protect a range of amazing wildlife species.

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  • The Great African Sea Forest Marine Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Volunteers will be involved in citizen science initiatives where you will join biologists on snorkel trips observing and monitoring endemic fish and shark species along the Cape Peninsula, and collecting data and taking Photo IDs of the small shy shark species. You will be given presentations on the various work involved; including biological talks such […]

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  • Kiwi Conservation Volunteer Project, New Zealand

    Volunteer to work to preserve the native forest and birds on the Kauri Coast, New Zealand and get to explore an undiscovered forest while learning about conservation and wilderness skills.

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  • Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Namibia

    Volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with African wildlife. The project provides refuge for orphaned and injured animals including baboons, caracals, wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and lions. As a volunteer, you will be involved with caring for and feeding the animals as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary.

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  • Wildlife Rescue Biology Internship, 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. Wildlife Biology Interns are expected to help the Rescue Centre with data collection and analysis to better care for current and future patients.

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