Volunteer Abroad in Conservation

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Conservation Volunteering Abroad

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1453 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.

Wildlife conservation programmes in Africa

Our wildlife volunteer projects are focused on bridging the gap between conservation areas and local communities. Join rhino conservation projects in Zimbabwe, monitor elephants in Namibia, work in Southern Africa’s best wildlife sanctuaries and help endangered animals. Challenge yourself and join our dedicated anti-poaching programme or study whale sharks and other marine mammals in Mozambique.

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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

Come and discover the magnificent Maldives and play your role in sea turtle conservation initiatives! The project is located in the northern Maldives on the spectacular island of Naifaru in Lhaviyani Atoll. It's a small, yet bustling and lively community of slightly over 5,000. The island is roughly 53 hectares and is positioned about 142km, or 88mi, from the capital of Male. Volunteers hel...

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

Volunteers get to work hands on with the animals to make their stay comfortable. Volunteers role in the projects is to support and work with the local staff among many things at the center. Volunteers can collect food in the surroundings, if possible do some reforestation as this will be food for the animals, clean cages, give water and food to animals, repair and build cages, make and repair t...

CrossContinental

We offer affordable volunteer and intern abroad programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The programs are customized for you according to your needs (with flexible work schedule and start date). Affordable program fees start from only USD 180 (accommodation & meals included). Our programs are designed to help local communities while at the same time providing valuable learning and cultural ...

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

Volunteers work in after-school centers or local schools to help teachers teach basic to intermediate English to children ranging in age. The courses are either part of the children’s regular coursework or offer extra instruction. Volunteers work with each other and the local teachers to develop lesson plans, lead classes and implement interactive learning activities like games, shows and songs.

African Impact

As a conservation volunteer in Africa you will experience Africas amazing wildlife through research drives and bush walks in the Greater Kruger big 5 National Park in South Africa. You can make a difference by supporting a balanced ecosystem, assisting local wildlife foundations to protect endangered wildlife. The aim of having research done on reserves is to understand more about the rese...

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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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