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.

  • 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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  • Watamu Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Kenya

    An opportunity to take part in sea turtle conservation involving research and monitoring, working at a turtle rehabilitation centre and protecting nesting sites along the Watamu Coastline.

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  • Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project, Sri Lanka

    This project is an opportunity to volunteer or intern with wild elephant conservation and carnivore research in Sri Lanka. Volunteers and interns alike support the human-wildlife conflict mitigation efforts of the conservation project to secure the future protection of the elephant population, carnivore species and the livelihoods of local farmers.

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  • Rural Community Volunteer Project, Nepal

    Volunteer in Nepal to participate in several community projects in locations throughout Nepal. These projects are aimed at promoting environmental conservation, cultural exchange and tackling healthcare issues.

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  • Volunteer in Brazil

    Go beyond the ordinary and experience Brazil from a whole different side and gain a perspective from the community through intercultural exchange.

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  • Elephant Volunteer Project, Thailand

    Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary and home for old elephants in Mae Chaem, situated in the lush countryside of Northern Thailand. Help to give elephants a chance to live free.

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  • Maldives Island Volunteer Project

    Volunteers are needed to join various projects within the beautiful tropical island of Naifaru, the capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll, in the Maldives.

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  • Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

    Join this project as a wildlife conservation, carnivore conservation or medical volunteer

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  • Volunteer and Learn Spanish in Peru

    Opportunities are available to volunteer in Peru, in and near the city of Cusco. You can join for 2 weeks up to 6 months volunteering with animals welfare, archaeology and environmental conservation work, while taking proper Spanish lessons to enhance your language skills.

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  • Blue Lagoon Coral Reef Project, Mauritius

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation volunteer and internship programme, which includes coral reef farming and restoration, lagoon monitoring and sea turtle research in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park.

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  • Amazon Medicinal Plant Research Volunteer & Internship Project, Peru

    Volunteer or intern in Peru to work alongside expert biologists and local communities teaching about medicinal plants of the Amazon rainforest, conservation efforts and eco-tourism development.

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  • YPDR DRR Program

    Young Pioneer Disaster Response is working to implement an effective and sustainable disaster risk reduction program on Bantayan Island in the Cebu Province.

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  • Volunteer in Galapagos

    The principal objective of the volunteer project is to preserve the environmental impacts made by inserted species on the native vegetation of San Cristobal Island. The project works toward restoring the native forest and endemic flora of a ecological farm. Volunteers will be working immediately to eliminate and control the inserted plants of the area, and later to start replanting native and endemic tress of the Islands. You will also take care of the native plants in the project nursery.

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  • Apprentice on a sustainable, biodynamic farm

    Share life on a biodynamic dairy farm alongside adults with special needs.

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  • Building toilets for the Y Linh Ho Primary School in Sapa

    When there are no school toilets, a loo break means a long time out of class. So this gift helps give children in Y Linh Ho, Sapa, access to school toilets – keeping students healthy and in class where they belong. We invite you to participate in our Beautiful project and help provide local Vietnamese primary students with a toilet which is a basic facility!

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  • Long term volunteer wanted

    The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust are currently seeking a new long term volunteer for a one year contract.

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  • Path of Bio-Diversity

    This project specifically aims to assist in making traditional farming economically viable for the Quilcas community. The project will focus on taking their already existing practices and raw products and seeds and giving it an added value element providing another source of economic empowerment; this encourages the transmission of indigenous agricultural and medicinal knowledge to their own youth and to visitors.

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  • GIS Field Research in Peru

    GIS Volunteers will be conducting site analyses throughout the Sacred Valley and high altitude communities nearby. Volunteers will be using mixed method research combining GIS data point collection with social science surveys in order to answer the question “what grows where?” Due to the varying effects of altitude and climate in the Andes, this information will help build a database of agricultural capacity in the region. We will be able to track ongoing changes, isolate and explore anomalies, and utilize community members as field researchers.

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  • Work on a small organic farm in its day-to day management and sustainable development

    We have a small organic farm on a couple of acres with some livestock and crops. We are looking for volunteers with on-farm experience to come and work with us to help with the day-to-day management of the farm, maintenance and development of new ideas of how we could improve and other things we could include. The long-term objective of our farm is to provide a demonstration of sustainable land management to our local community.

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  • Build an Agricultural Resource Centre in Nicaragua

    Since 2013, SOS has been working with a local nonprofit organization in Nicaragua, to bring an Agriculture Resource Centre and community garden to the community of Pedro Arauz. This year's trip in February will see the completion of the final phase of this project where volunteers will build a fence to surround all the infrastructure at the school, providing a security measure for these crucial community structures. All SOS trips are priced at an affordable and all volunteers are equipped with comprehensive insurance for their safety and protection.

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  • Business Consultant - Support Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka

    Join us to share your business skills with entrepreneurs who are tackling issues within their communities through business.

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  • Volunteer Coordinator

    As a Volunteer Coordinator you have an extremely important role in our organisation. You will be required to support volunteers adjust to life in Huanchaco and in their projects .

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  • Volunteering at Altitude Moksha in Himalayas India

    We at Altitude Moksha have been working towards educating farmers of Dhar region to grow herbs and exotic vegetables which would help them earn better than the usual crops of rice, wheat and millets out of the small land holdings they hold and thus become self-reliant. Altitude Moksha has been instrumental in introducing concepts of permaculture in the region. This is the first of its kind endeavour in North India. In addition, we have also been helping the farmers build low-cost water storage facilities out of earthbags.

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  • Social Impact Investment Adviser, Tajikistan

    As Social impact Investment Adviser you will initially work with four companies (Correct, SUGDAGROSERV, Sharbat and Barkat-Isfara) from three areas of the Sughd Region of Tajikistan: Khujand, Panjakent and Isfara to advise and help them to develop.

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  • Volunteer in Environmental Projects in Peru

    Peru has a fragile ecosystem that needs to be protected. You will help to preserve the biodiversity of the area through the sustainable use of natural resources. Participating in this volunteer program allows you to actively help preserve our planet.

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  • Community Development at Salinas de Nahulapa Indigenous Community

    Work along with community leaders, national and international volunteers, and motivated youth in our Community Development Program, which promotes a holistic approach to planning, decision making, and active sharing of knowledge. To empower is to facilitate the development of authentic ways of cultural management, natural resources protection, and creative entrepreneurship among all members of our community.

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  • Internships in conservation and sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon!

    Gain experience and skills in field biology and applied conservation in the Peruvian Amazon! Our program is designed to provide hands-on engagement in basic scientific research and applied conservation projects within the areas of biological monitoring and sustainable agriculture.

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  • Live with an Indigenous Community in Bolivia

    In this project you will have the chance to live in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest together with an Indigenous Community and help to improve their lives. Volunteers will have the chance to teach adults and children English or your native language, help in the kitchen or establish walking trails in the jungle. In exchange you will be introduced into their habits of fishing, hunting, farming and building.

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  • Eco-Building in Laos

    Our Eco-building projects are devised to generate jobs and income which directly benefit local people. You will work alongside local people using eco-friendly methods to build small lodges which will be run by the villagers and used by tourist trekking groups. Funds raised are put into a village fund, managed by villagers themselves and our local partners to invest in the village.

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  • Construction and Woodworking volunteers

    If you have a basic knowledge of carpentry or general woodworking, this is your opportunity to build some furniture for children and their families.

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  • Volunteer to Build a Sustainable Rainwater Collection System in Guatemala

    Travel to Guatemala with SOS in February of 2015 to the community of Las Arrugas to assist in building a sustainable water project that will impact the community for years to come. Since 2004 over 1,500 SOS volunteers have travelled to 11 different countries in Central and South America to build over 160 sustainable development projects. Our projects are planned in conjunction with local organizations in the countries we travel to, ensuring that we efficiently meet specific needs of a community. As a result, volunteers have assisted in building classrooms, bridges, solar panels, community gardens, libraries and more.

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  • Deaf Movement Adviser - Rwanda

    Support Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to continue to grow as a strong and influential organisation for deaf people in Rwanda.

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  • Volunteer abroad on an art project

    You could be working on a collective art project or organising workshops, from music to painting, drama, photography, filming and so on. The level of skills required varies greatly, from very basic to highly skilled.

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  • Volunteer at the Mondulkiri Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Help us save the domestic working elephants! We work closely with the indigenous communities around the province to reach our goals.

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  • Medical and dental healthcare

    Gain invaluable hands-on experience, working side-by-side with medical staff at the local hospital or dentist clinic.This opportunity will give you an insight into the setting up and running of a hospital on a daily basis. As the hospital is still modernizing there are many challenges faced and there are realities not often seen in developed countries. Therefore this project not only provides you with responsibility for patients, it allows you to broaden your perspective by working in a hospital in a developing country where you will be faced with the disparities between medical practice in the developed and developing world.

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  • Microfinance Internships in Asia

    Our Microfinance development Internship in Asia is a very interesting internship opportunity in Asia for those who seek to gain professional and practical experiences; working in the Microfinance sector.

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  • Environmental and Wildlife Protection in Paraguay

    The project is carried out by a non-for-profit conservation organization that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. They also promote a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific, and conservation projects that are designed to have a positive impact on Paraguay.

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  • ER Medical Volunteer Romania

    A medical placement in Romania is a fantastic opportunity to really use your experience or to boost your CV in medicine and the department is keen for international volunteers of all abilities to get involved in any areas where they have particular interest. There are opportunities to travel with the ambulances and the on call pre-hospital physician to deal with emergency incidents

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  • Agriculture and crafts service volunteer positions

    Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a vibrant farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kimberton Hills is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.

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  • Volunteer in conservation and sustainable agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon!

    Whether you’re considering a career in field biology, looking to contribute to conservation, or just want to get your hands dirty, we have a great opportunity for you!

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  • Volunteer at a Dog & Cat Rescue project in Costa Rica

    Would you like to work with animals to contribute to their health and future? Then you should volunteer on our 'Dog & Cat Rescue' project! Green Life Volunteers is trying to make a difference by helping the dogs and cats on the Osa Peninsula. There are a lot of mistreated and stray dogs and cats in this area. There is no rescue center or program in place currently on the entire Osa Peninsula, so dogs and cats rely on kind people who take them into their homes voluntarily.

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  • Midwives for Haiti - Medical Volunteers

    Volunteer opportunities for medical professionals in Hinche, Haiti. Length of commitment is typically 1-2 weeks, longer stays are also welcome. The costs are $750 for the first week and $450 for each additional week, including In-Country Travel, Housing and Meals, Access to Translator.

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  • International Business Mentor Volunteers in Zimbabwe, from 2 weeks to 12 months

    Share your skills and empower Zimbabwe’s entrepreneurs through our business mentorship program

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  • Support expeditions as a Logistics Coordinator in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua and Tanzania

    Spend your summer in a dramatically different environment this year. Whether or not you have previous experience in logistics, you could be the right person for this project. Support worthwhile sustainable projects in some of the poorest communities in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua or Tanzania. Support Raleigh's community, environment and adventure projects this year.

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  • Micro Finance Rural Development Internship in Nepal

    Micro-finance Internships in Nepal help you to understand the deeper prospective of how Micro-finance has been helping rural communities in Nepal Villages.

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  • Inca Archaeology in Peru

    The Inca Project in Peru is perfect for volunteers with a passion for and knowledge of archaeology. Volunteers on this Projects Abroad placement will completely immerse themselves in the historically famous Inca civilisation.

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  • Agribusiness Development Adviser, Nigeria

    As agribusiness development adviser you will help develop and implement small and medium scale agribusiness initiatives and policies which contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of youths in Nigeria.

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  • Spay, Neuter and Release dogs in Nepal

    There are more than 20,000 street dogs in Kathmandu, and over 35,000 in the Kathmandu Valley. In addition to problems associated with overpopulation, these dogs pose a real health threat to the residents of Nepal through rabies transmission and dog bites.

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  • Business Consultant to Support Social Enterprises in Uganda

    Are you entrepreneurial & passionate about businesses that can create social impact? We want you to help us build capacity for Ugandan entrepreneurs.

    The Great Generation is managing 21Biz16: a consultancy project for community-based organisations in Uganda who are seeking to use a business approach to achieve their long sustainability and independence from international financial aid. Your business/marketing skills and experience can help to solve their problems and take them a step closer to successfully tackling poverty.

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  • Humane Dog and Cat Population Management in Mexico.

    Humane dog and cat population management and education.

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  • Legal/Human Rights Internship in Kenya

    The program is designed for students taking up Law, International relations and political sciences disciplines. The program offers students practical exposure and working with various institutions and communities.

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  • Volunteer Bookkeeper specialist for an NGO that builds and installs water filters

    Do you feel passionate about access to clean water and would you like to be part of a reputable nonprofit that installs biosand water filters in rural villages of Cambodia? Do you have a knack for numbers, accounting and QuickBooks? We are looking for a Bookkeeper specialist to provide support to the accounting department, by improving and making the current accounting and reporting process more efficient, using the QuickBooks applications. You will also be responsible to train and mentor the local Cambodian bookkeeper to improve her accounting, reporting skills and analytical acumen.

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  • Crees Conservation and Community Development Internship

    Are you looking to start a career in conservation research? Do you want to get involved with local community projects? Are you passionate about sustainability and helping to protect the rainforest? Do you want to lead your own project? crees is excited to offer a 6-month internship programme designed to help recent graduates, gap year students, and career breakers develop specific career skills in conservation research, community development, and non-profit project management, in the heart of the Amazon!

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  • Equine Therapy in Bolivia

    Our Projects Abroad Equine Therapy placement is perfect for those with an interest in horses and an enthusiasm to work with vulnerable children. The aim of this project is to help children rehabilitate following emotional, physical and mental trauma through a therapy programme which involves working with horses.

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  • Ghana - Volunteer in Medicine and Healthcare

    This project will provide you with the perfect opportunity to experience and learn about medical practices and healthcare in a developing country.

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  • Residential Peer mentor volunteers

    We are looking for young people 16 – 30 to become residential volunteers at our City and Farm Communities near Edinburgh. The role involves living alongside vulnerable young people at risk of long-term homelessness to help them develop practical skills, develop their social networks and create a bank of good experiences to counter tough ones they’ve had in the past. Volunteers are required for placements of a minimum of 6 months. Accommodation is provided and there is a small weekly allowance. This opportunity is great for those considering a move into a caring profession.

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  • Medical Volunteering/Internship in Kenya

    Medical and Health Care Volunteers are needed to assist in local hospitals which have good facilities and equipment but are facing a deficit in terms of staff resources to cope with the high number of patients daily. Nature of Work: Patient’s registration, check-ups, treatments, testing, injection, vaccinating, dressing, drug prescription, imaging services, counseling, maternity deliveries, […]

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  • Volunteer in Rwanda with Love Volunteers Construction Program

    Want to help create something will last long after you have returned home? This program is for you! Many of the families that our amazing partner organization in Rwanda helps lack decent housing. Some of these families lost their homes during the horrific 1994 genocide, and others are returnees from neighboring countries, who had fled to avoid the intolerable cruelty of the time. Our partner aims to help improve the living standards of these people, some of the poorest families in Rwanda. Join us in Rwanda, and leave behind a legacy that is guaranteed to change lives forever!

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  • Community Development Facilitator in Jamaica

    Volunteer and gain practical experience in social and community development whilst learning about Jamaican culture and civil rights.

    Our partner organisation is a community development agency operating within local communities, working to ensure that local people actively participate in and benefit from good governance, economic prosperity, sustainable environment and social well-being.

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  • Building Livelihoods in The Gambia

    Share your business skills with people in The Gambia to enable them to build better livelihoods. Volunteer with an internationally recognized tourism college and association to help create local wealth, through trade not aid.

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  • Fundraising Volunteer at RASTA India

    RASTA - (Rural Agency for Social and Technological Advancement) is a voluntary organization in the heart of Wayanad, Kerala, India. RASTA works with marginalized groups in the areas of agriculture, water conservation, ecosystem conservation, health, education, women's empowerment, income generating training programmes, natural resource management and renewable energy.

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  • Business Consultant - Support Entrepreneurs in Brazil

    Join us to share your business skills with entrepreneurs who are tackling issues within their communities through business.

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  • Reforestation Project Volunteer

    Volunteer with our reforestation project which aims to empower local women and educate the local population on the importance of reforestation to help fight and mitigate climate change in Lobitos, Peru.

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  • Volunteer abroad on a festival project

    Over the summer many local communities, especially in Europe, tend to organise small festivals to celebrate events, anniversaries and local traditions.

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  • Remote Business Mentor

    Share your skills and empower Zimbabwe’s entrepreneurs through our business mentorship program

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  • Community Volunteering Project in Alentejo, Portugal

    Volunteer in Portugal to participate in a community project located in a Buddhist Retreat Center in Alentejo. This project aims at helping this Portuguese community of Buddhist practitioners to develop the retreat center and its community activities.

    You can join for 1 weekend up to 1 months and we have places available all year round.

    Individuals, small groups and students are welcome.

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  • Enviromental Conservation in Kenya

    Our environment project needs volunteers to help in efforts to rehabilitate, protect and save the only remaining ancient rainforest in Kenya. The forest faces major threats from human encroachment and destruction. Safeguarding the forest will conserve the ecosystem, water catchments, wildlife and attract rainfall, for multiple benefits to the environment, people and animals in the […]

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  • 6 Week Volunteer Programme for Business Professionals - Rio de Janeiro - March

    _SocialStarters matches skilled professionals with grassroots social enterprises who need support. The clients you’ll be supporting are a group of young, inspiring grassroots entrepreneurs who are working on interesting and impactful projects and enterprises.

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  • Developing market based solutions for sustainable incomes for rural women in Uganda

    A one year volunteer position to establish access to market for the products made by women in our community in rural Uganda. We have a number of improved craft products made through structured women’s groups. We need to market and sell these products in a sustainable way. Ideas for market access include local tourism such as with a shop in the nearby town and export to Europe and elsewhere using online sales. We also need to further develop the range of good quality, original products made by the women which harness their talents and creative ideas.

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  • Support Health Centers in Arusha

    Project Overland offers medical placement opportunities to those wishing to spend time in medical facilities in the Arusha. Interested volunteers must be enrolled in school and actively studying in the field of medicine or possess certification of successful completion. Whether you have completed your studies and want to contribute your time to a medical facility in our area, study abroad, or enhance your resume with this experience of a lifetime, we are here to support you!

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  • Volunteer in Cameroon with Love Volunteers Medical Internships Program

    Want to use your training and education in the medical field to really help those in need? Our Medical programs in Cameroon welcome volunteers with a wide range of levels of experience, from qualified medical personnel, to med and pre-med students, even individuals without medical experience can be accepted, provided they are enthusiastic and truly eager to help in the health sector. Join us on this exciting project in Cameroon and help change lives, including your own!

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  • Business Consultant - Support Entrepreneurs in India

    Join us to share your business skills with entrepreneurs who are tackling issues within their communities through business.

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  • Volunteer in the San Ignacio Hospital; Rural Clinics

    Volunteer in the rural health clinics and outreach programs that serve the underprivileged communities surrounding San Ignacio, Belize. Members of these communities often lack access to adequate health education, qualified medical professionals, and treatment resources. Prices for medical services and resources are high in Belize, but wages remain low. These clinics are staffed by advanced nurses or community health personnel who provide a variety of services including home visits and other outreach programs.

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  • Mae Lao River Conservation Project

    The Mae Lao Headwater area is a fragile ecosystem; and deforestation in this area can be damaging to the whole watershed. Many countries have lost their forest cover in recent years. Thailand is no exception especially in the northern part of the river, the trees in the mountain area are nearly all gone.

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  • Crees Conservation and Community Development Volunteer

    Are you passionate about sustainability and helping to protect the rainforest? Do you want to get involved with local community projects and conservation research? Are you looking for a meaningful and responsible volunteering experience? Become a crees volunteer!

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  • La Mesa-Cundinamarca, Medical/Nursing/Therapy/Dental Program

    Volunteer at the La Mesa Hospital and help to improve the health of rural population. We need volunteers with a certain level of medical study and at least a basic level of Spanish. More than 10.000 inhabitants depend of this level 1 hospital for health checks and attention.

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  • Environmental and Conservation Volunteer Program

    Collaborate with the local rural community and international volunteers to conduct major research, promote sustainable, profitable practices to meet environmental challenges while experiencing Nepal’s Colorful culture.

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  • Support for businesses in Siem Reap

    Volunteer with locally run business projects aiming to reduce their dependence on foreign support and develop the expertise to become self-sustainable. Whatever your skills - business, accountancy, marketing and sales, web design, fund raising - there are projects here that will welcome your support.

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