Volunteer Abroad in Conservation

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Conservation Volunteering Abroad

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1332 Conservation Volunteer Abroad Programs

Conservation Volunteering with Frontier

As a Frontier wildlife volunteer you can survey endangered species in Cambodia, work with lions and cheetahs in South Africa or help release sea turtles in beautiful Costa Rica. On a Frontier marine project you can swim with whale sharks in Mozambique, conduct biodiversity surveys in Fiji or earn your PADI qualifications while carrying out conservation work in Madagascar.

Conservation Travel Africa

Conservation Travel Africa was established to provide meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences throughout Southern Africa, initially focusing on Zimbabwe. We are based in Africa and work in partnership with our volunteer programmes and partners in Southern Africa and with volunteers worldwide.

International Volunteer HQ

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year. Established in 2007, IVHQ has supported over 40,00...

Global Volunteer Network

Marine Conservation Project The work here is focused on providing long-term benefits to the local community by collecting data, via underwater research dives, that will help establish Marine Protected Areas and setting up a system that will ultimately guarantee food resources for years to come. Volunteers stay in a beach-based camp that is simple but comfortable. You will stay in a mixed-se...

Make a REAL difference with Love Volunteers – From US$175!

Since 2009, thousands of volunteers have trusted Love Volunteers for travel abroad that provides cultural immersion alongside the chance to help those in real need. Join us now for a safe, fun, and sustainable Conservation volunteer program for a truly memorable experience abroad! Check out our exciting program options!

Projects Abroad

Our special spring break volunteer trips are perfect for college students looking for an alternative way to spend spring break this year. Instead of doing the usual spring break routine, you can get off the beaten track and make your break matter by joining one of these specially-designed volunteer projects for students. The Alternative Spring Break Trips are 1-week long, scheduled to coinci...

GoEco - Volunteer Abroad

Visit the Sing Buri Province in Thailand and assist in conservation efforts with local wildlife, specifically the gibbon population. Volunteers will give aid to gibbons who may have been abused or injured, rescuing them and helping to create a secure habitat. The gibbons would have little chance of survival if they went back into the wild. Located north of Bangkok in an easygoing and relaxe...

uVolunteer

Make a positive difference within the developing world and protect our growing global community. At at uVolunteer, this process starts with you. For almost a decade, uVolunteer has matched thousands of people like you with tailor-made volunteering projects in Ghana, Thailand and Costa Rica, giving volunteers varied opportunities to educate, inform and provide hands-on help in the developing ...

Kaya Responsible Travel

The project is based on a tiny private island in the Sapodilla Cayes, off the coast of Punta Gorda. For the last 7 years the project has worked with the local fisheries department by researching issues affecting the health of the world’s second largest coral reef. This project has won several awards for its work. Currently the project’s focus in on the invasion of the alien lion fish as well as...

Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs

Connect-123 can facilitate a wide variety of environment and sustainable development related volunteer positions that allow you to participate in a variety of projects, working side-by-side with locals and other volunteers. Those interested in all things green can volunteer with one of Dublin’'s many environmental initiatives. Environment volunteers can work on wildlife and conservation campai...

Volunteering Solutions

Volunteering Solutions provides volunteering opportunities in 20 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Latin/Central America. Our main aim is to provide affordable and meaningful volunteer abroad opportunities across all countries. Our programs include both short-term (two weeks) and long-term (up to six months) placements in every country, as well as our programs are...

CrossContinental

CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion. Affordable program fees start from only USD180 (accommodation & meals included). These vo...

ELI

Volunteer at an animal rescue center in Ecuador with ELI and get the chance to gain valuable international work experience in environmental and wildlife conservation. Choose between two placements: the rescue center in Rio Napo in the Amazonas Region or the one on the coast of El Oro province near Guayaquil. In both placements, volunteers assist in cleaning enclosures, feeding animals, and moni...

UBELONG

UBELONG offers safe, flexible and extremely affordable 1 week to 6 month volunteering opportunities in Asia, Africa and South America. Opportunities exist in many fields, including business, education, conservation, health and more. UBELONG is based in the U.S. and led by volunteers and university professor. Individuals from all backgrounds have joined programs. You will not find a more affo...

GVI

GVI has been invited by the Seychelles government and local NGOs to assist their priority conservation programs on Curieuse Island, including tortoise conservation programs, seasonal turtle nesting research and in water turtle surveys, Coco de Mer palms census, seasonal endangered endemic bird monitoring, habitat management and National Park conservation and rehabilitation; together with additi...

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Conservation Volunteering Abroad

Wildlife and environmental conservation is one of the most popular areas for volunteering abroad around the world. From working with endangered sea turtles in Central America to lions in Sub-Saharan Africa to elephants in Southeast Asia, there are a huge amount of conservation volunteer opportunities out there for compassionate volunteers who strive to preserve the world’s ecological diversity.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Conservation

Human population expansion has caused the extinction of thousands of plant and animal species throughout history and continuously threatens the extinction of thousands more. All over the world non-profit organizations continuously place volunteers on the ground working rigorously to preserve indigenous biological populations. As a conservation volunteer abroad, you will have the opportunity to work closely with endangered plants and animals, ensuring the preservation and conservation of each specie’s future, in a rapidly changing world.

Locations

It is possible to find conservation volunteer work in most regions of the world, though the most popular areas tend to be in South and Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

The mountains and rainforests of Central and South America comprise one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet; although, the ecosystems in these regions are consistently threatened due to deforestation and human expansion. Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico are all considered “mega-diverse” countries, meaning that each contains a significant amount of the diversity of the entire Earth’s population of species, so clearly these are great locations for conservation volunteering abroad.

The plains of Africa offer a much different setting for conservation volunteer work abroad. While countries such as South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo remain extremely biodiverse, many volunteer programs in these nations are directed toward preserving the habitats of the “big-five” game animals (lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos). These species are under constant threat because of hunting and poaching, so volunteers can work to protect these animals at game reserves wildlife centers throughout the region.

Southeast Asia and Oceania comprises another highly biodiverse region of the world. India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines are just some of the countries in this region where volunteers will find numerous conservation volunteer programs focused on preserving the ecosystems of a wide range of native plant and animals species.

Conservation Volunteering Abroad

The range of tasks you will be responsible for completing as a conservation volunteer abroad will vary by location and program type. Some examples of tasks and activities you might engage in within the realm of environmental conservation include tree planting, fencing, weed control, forest research, and seed collection. If you are working in wildlife conservation, on the other hand, you might be monitoring and tracking wild animals, maintaining habitats, patrolling beaches, or working closely in the care of animals at wildlife sanctuaries.

There are many conservation volunteer programs available, focused on very different elements of conservation, so you will have the opportunity to take your pick from a wide array of program options. Generally, volunteers live among other conservation volunteers in or near the habitat they work in.

Some conservation volunteer programs will be rooted in one project for the duration of the trip, while others will move around between various locations allowing volunteers to contribute to a variety of conservation projects.

Conservation volunteer programs tend to run year round, so volunteers will have the luxury of planning their own schedule. It is possible to become a conservation volunteer abroad for as short as a couple weeks, but equally as possible to spend a whole year volunteering abroad; who knows, you might even be inspired to move abroad permanently and make a career of conservation work!

Benefits

Volunteering abroad in conservation is a way to give back and care for our planet while embarking on a one-of-a-kind adventure. Whether you are working with primate populations or reforesting jungles, in regions from Canada to Australia to Kenya, you are sure to have a tremendous developmental experience working as a conservation volunteer abroad. The entire planet is changing fast because of human activity, and by participating in conservation volunteering abroad you can do your part to protect threatened species all across the globe.

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