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 organisations 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 organisations listed on our website meet our policies on ethical volunteering abroad.

  • Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Join an award-winning conservation team in a Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa, boasting a huge variety of game over a vast 25,000 hectares.

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  • Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

    Volunteer with dolphin, seal and whale research in South Africa. Take part in marine conservation, penguin rescue and educational projects along the South African coast.

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  • Nature’s Valley Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Gain hands on Conservation, Education and Ecological Research experience in South Africa and help protect Nature’s Valley.

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  • Big Cat Sanctuary Volunteer Project, South Africa

    Volunteer at an ethical big cat Sanctuary in South Africa. Contribute towards animal welfare whilst learning about the conditions big cats face in captivity and helping to raise awareness of wildlife conservation in South Africa.

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  • Kariega Big Five Game Reserve Volunteer Programme, South Africa

    Become a Wildlife Conservation Volunteer in a Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa, and get involved in elephant, rhino and lion monitoring programmes.

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  • Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research Programme, South Africa

    Join a team of scientists in Cape Town and gain experience in researching whale and dolphin species including humpback whales, humpback dolphins and occasionally killer whales.

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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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  • Volunteer with Leopards in South Africa

    Looking for an authentic conservation project, where you can contribute to vital wildlife research and enjoy some fantastic African bush experiences? Then join the Ingwe Leopard Team.

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  • Field Guide Level 1 Course – The First Step Towards Becoming a Wilderness Expert

    Discover the fascinating biodiversity of Southern Africa as part of an unforgettable learning experience in a natural environment. Field guides are more than just rangers. They are responsible for introducing visitors to Africa's unique natural landscape.

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  • Wildlife Photography Course in Southern Africa

    This wildlife photography course gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the unique wilderness of Southern Africa and take the best possible shot of unrepeatable moments.

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  • Wildlife Conservation Experience - Mossel Bay

    Whether you’re looking for a wildlife conservation project, a break from the hustle of the city, a weekend adventure, or just something new we have what you’re looking for. This project has experiences to suit all, from a 4-week wildlife conservation volunteering project to a weekend African Bush Camp. The project is a rustic experience with unprecedented sightings and opportunities.

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  • PA/Admin and Volunteer coordinator

    We are looking for an enthusiastic, determined and dedicated person to join us here at International Primate Rescue in the role of P.A./ Admin and Volunteer co-ordinator. This is a voluntary position for the minimum of 12 months.

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  • Monkey sanctuary in South Africa

    Come and volunteer with monkeys at International Primate Rescue in Pretoria, South Africa. Short term spaces available from 1 week to several months, open all year round. An amazing experience to learn about monkey behaviour and monkey care. We have more than 120 primates; marmosets, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, crab eating macaques, Barbary macaques, Mona monkeys, Patas monkeys, weeper and brown capuchins and grey mouse lemurs. Meet loads of monkeys and like-minded volunteers at this great base for other excursions.

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  • Wildlife Conservation and Game Reserve Volunteer

    Volunteer at Schotia Safaris, the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa! Work alongside our professional staff to help manage wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live. You will learn essential conservation skills, and be involved in the work needed to run a game reserve in Africa. All while being surrounded by the stunning biodiversity of Southern Africa!

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  • Volunteer in South Africa with Love Volunteers Environmental Protection Program

    Do you have a passion for the environment? Our Environmental programs revolve around educating future generations on conserving the environment, through educational camps and activities put in place to promote sustainability for the future. Duties of the volunteer include visitor management and outdoor environmental work. For example, clearing paths, removing alien vegetation, bird counting, and facilitating awareness programs for people of different ages. Become a Love Volunteer and join us on this truly rewarding program!

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  • Become a professional Game Ranger in Africa

    If you would like to become a professional filed guide in South Africa, then join our three month training program. Whether you wish to just add to your knowledge or enter the stimulating world of wildlife tourism, our training programs offer the first steps. We have limited places available for our next course which starts at the start of July 2014. A three month all inclusive placement with further intern opportunities is only £3,250. That includes, training, FGASA membership, theory examination, food and accommodation.

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  • Your Volunteer Adventure – Wildlife Conservation in South Africa

    This project will give you the opportunity to gather experience in genuine nature conservation and animal protection work. Under the guidance of a trained and experienced team, you will be able to make your contribution to nature conservation in Africa.

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  • Wildlife Warriors - Advanced Anti-Poaching Course

    Gain practical experience in advanced anti-poaching techniques and work alongside conservation professionals to understand the challenges facing those dedicated to protecting endangered species. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in some of South Africa’s finest wilderness areas, live in close proximity to wild animals, and be involved in genuinely meaningful and important work to preserve some of Africa’s most iconic species - most notably the white rhino.

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  • Long Term Volunteer at Monkey Sanctuary

    At International Primate Rescue have over 100 primates. Most of our primates are ex-pet or ex-lab animals that have behavioural problems and are not indigenous to South Africa.

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  • Food Preparation at a Primate sanctuary

    We are looking for an enthusiastic, determined and dedicated person to join us here at International Primate Rescue in the role of Food Preparation. This is a voluntary position for the minimum of 12 months.

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  • Vervet Monkey Foundation Volunteer Program

    The once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to the rehabilitation and conservation of these amazing primates at one of the worlds most respected and largest sanctuaries of its type, all set to the backdrop of amazing scenery in epic South Africa!

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  • Species Conservation in South Africa: Protecting and preserving endangered wildlife and ecosystems

    You would like to experience South Africa's wild nature and at the same time contribute to species conservation in the country? Then become part of a brilliant volunteer project and help preserve endangered wildlife and ecosystems in South Africa!

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  • Short Term Volunteer with Primates

    If you are passionate about monkeys and want to make a difference to their lives, then volunteering at International Primate Rescue is for you. Whether you are looking for work experience, a student on a gap year, want a break from your office job, are retired, or you just want to get away from it […]

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  • Rhino Protection and Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Project

    Our unique volunteer project is based in South Africa in the world's oldest and largest impact crater. Our conservation efforts stretch from wildlife management to eco-farming. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about game reserve management and improve their knowledge and skills. In helping us do research and collecting data, volunteers will contribute to future development and ultimately be involved in building our Rhino orphanage. We strive for conservation, education and the community.

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  • Wilderness Experience in Bostwana and South Africa – Birding in the Bush

    The birding course in South Africa and Botswana is a unique opportunity, no matter whether you are a passionate birder, looking to further yourself professionally or personally, or simply looking for a unique type of holiday.

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  • Primate Carer

    This position will fulfill the needs of the Vervet Monkey Foundation by ensuring the monkeys in an area of the foundation are looked after and the supervision and training of volunteers in those areas.
    Full time voluntary position with occasional on call duties
    Length of period: Long term (min of 2 years but preferably as long as poss)
    Working hours – anytime between 7am - 5pm (some overnight baby shifts and evening shifts possible in baby season Nov – Feb). There will be some out of hours depending on the monkey’s needs and how many volunteers we have here.

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  • Volunteering in South Africa – Protecting wild animals and ecosystems in Limpopo

    Travel to South Africa’s northern province Limpopo, help protecting wild animals and their habitats and gather – as part of an international volunteer team and instructed by researcher and conservationists – valuable hands-on experience in nature and species conservation.

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  • Animal Outreach in Cape Town

    TEARS Animal Rescue (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) in partnership with Volunteering Africa, is one of the country’s leading organisations in the areas of animal rescue, veterinary services, and the rehabilitation and re homing of rescued domestic animals.

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  • Shark Conservation Internship

    White Shark Africa is a world leading white shark cage diving, filming and shark conservation company.

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  • Animal Tracking in South Africa and Botswana

    This course will help you to find your bearings in the African wilderness and will make you more familiar with the animal life in the area. You will deepen your knowledge of the various animals in the region, learn how to recognise their tracks and use these tracks to make your approach.

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  • Muvhuyu Research & Education Volunteers

    Providing a professional and rewarding experience in an area of outstanding natural beauty and historical importance. Muvhuyu's objective is to establish the infrastructure to run a sustainable and successful conservation programme. The project has the opportunity to significantly contribute to the better understanding of the conversation status of many South African wildlife species in the Greater Mapungubwe Area. Whilst the students will play a vital role in the programme. it is hoped that the analysed information, as well as the data collection itself, will encourage the local community to be involved, creating links between scientific research and local knowledge.

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  • Carnivore Conservation Research

    We collect field data on large carnivores in private reserves to inform conservation-sensitive management policies that promote human-carnivore co-existence. We have recently become involved with the management of a wildlife reserve and are becoming further integrated into the reserve management system as we collect ecological information to optimise management to ensure healthy and functional living systems for endangered species, especially carnivores such as cheetah, leopard and brown hyaena. We are a field-based project and train volunteers in how to safely work in big-game areas, and include practical skills training such as tracking, and bushcraft.

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  • Environmental Projects

    Volunteers will be involved in the establishment and maintenance of food gardens, which have been created using permaculture principles. We also welcome volunteer Researchers passionate about the environment and that want to support the Frack Free SA Campaign.

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  • Vet Experience Program

    Safari4u Global Vet Experience (GVE) is an organization that works with partner programs to provide veterinary experience. All of our partners have a meaningful impact on the animals in their care and offer a comprehensive education to their volunteers. You can expect to help animals in very poor condition, gain valuable hands-on experience, and make new friends from around the world. Our mission is to help volunteers gain veterinary experience while improving global animal health and welfare.

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  • LEO Africa - Wildlife Monitoring & Conservation Project

    LEO Africa is a Big 5 wildlife monitoring and conservation volunteer project. We conduct 2 monitoring drives per day to collect data on the key animal species present in the Park; lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, hyena and cheetahs, We also conduct daily conservation work and support in anti-poaching activities and veterinary operations when necessary.

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  • White Shark Diving Company Volunteer Program – Shark Research and Ocean Conservation

    Come and join our volunteer research programme at White Shark Diving Company and have a unique opportunity to be involved in ground-breaking marine research in a location unlike any other in the world. You will be trained as a marine researcher, contribute towards meaningful conservation research projects, and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with one of the worlds most majestic ocean predators – the great white shark!

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  • Your Volunteer Adventure: Whale and Leopard Research in South Africa

    Join this exciting volunteer project in South Africa, which combines surveying the migration of Humpback Whales off the country's awe-inspiring east coast with the world's largest camera trap-based leopard census! Travel to Southern Africa and make bush and beach of South Africa's Eastern Shores your “office” for two to six weeks.

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  • Volunteer For Sharks

    Volunteer for Sharks offers an intern programme where volunteers work with Shark Bay Research on their groundbreaking research about the impact of sound on Great White Sharks. They work closely with marine biologist Chris Perkins, and Kim, to collect, record and analyse data. They go to sea, learn to work with sharks, attend lectures, and participate in informative programmes where they learn about marine life, the ocean and sharks. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about the oceans, the environment and sharks.

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  • Shark & Marine Research Institute – Research Assistant Program

    We are a Shark research NPO based in the Great White Capital of the world – Gaansbaai. We conduct various scientific research projects in collaboration with Stellenbosch University with the aim of obtaining Government legislated protected status for our vulnerable Shark species. We invite all early career scientists and budding Marine Biologists to join us […]

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  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    Volunteer at a busy primate and wildlife rehabilitation centre close to Kruger Park in South Africa.

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  • Vervet Monkey Foundation

    Would you like to experience living in the African bush rehabilitating the indigenous vervet monkey? No previous experience is necessary although you must have an interest in conservation. We welcome volunteers over the age of 18. This is an ideal project for anyone who has ever dreamed of working with monkeys and really wants to get involved in sanctuary life. Be prepared to work hard and experience working under the African sun with this threatened, intelligent and indigenous primate of Africa while relaxing in the evenings discussing the day’s events or planning your next adventures - The vervet monkey.

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