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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Sea Turtle Conservation

Volunteers are needed to help protect the magnificent leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtles on the beaches of Southeast Caribbean of Costa Rica. Currently, all eight...

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Maldives

Maldives - Sea Turtle Conservation

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...

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South Africa

South Africa - Wildlife Sanctuary

The animals at this wildlife sanctuary have been injured or orphaned leaving them in need of some assistance if they have any hope for survival. The animals become tame during...

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Israel

Israel - Desert Wildlife Program

Join this unique wildlife conservation program in the spectacular desert landscape of the Arava, Israel and help to re-populate the nature reserve with the species of animals...

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South Africa

South Africa - Teach Children and Surf in Cape Town

This project takes place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, the oldest city in the country. From the iconic Table Mountain to the magnificent Cape beaches, this city

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China

China - Giant Panda Center

Volunteer in China at the Giant Panda Center. Do you want to volunteer in China? Volunteers are invited to assist in an exciting and meaningful program with giant pandas...

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Israel

Israel - Vegan Bakery Internship

Be part of an up and coming vegan bakery. The owner is a passionate chef with a great deal of knowledge in cooking and baking. He is a wonderful mentor who knows a lot about...

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Thailand

Thailand - Learn, Volunteer and Travel

Location- Singburi is an interesting and beautiful town located 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded in prehistoric period during the reign of King Rama V through...

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South Africa

South Africa - The Big 5 Wildlife Reserve

-Location The Thanda Game Reserve in northern Zululand, South Africa, is 14,000 hectares of pristine bush and is home to Africa's infamous Big 5 including Lion, Leopard,...

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South Africa

South Africa - African Wildlife Ranch

The ranch is home to over 90 species of animals and reptiles and is one of the largest cheetah breeding centers in the world. The ranch is internationally recognized for

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South Africa

South Africa - Cape Town Community Projects

Meet the amazing people who call the settlements surrounding Cape Town home. By joining this project, you will get to make a real difference in the community and in the

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Thailand

Thailand - Gibbon Primate Sanctuary

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...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Animal Rescue and Conservation

This project is in San Carlos, Alajuela province. The La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center is a privately funded organization. Injured and displaced animals are brought to the...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Teaching and Social Work in San Jose

This program consists of many social work related projects around San Jose. Participants are free to choose from teaching at elementary schools, working with handicapped

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GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

The Trip of a Lifetime

The South Africa - Pre-Vet Wildlife Internship was one of the best experiences of my life. I went into the program not really knowing what to expect. They give you as much detail as possible, but since the program is constantly evolving and incorporating new veterinary opportunities, it's hard to say exactly what you'll be doing. This was nerve-wracking for my family and friends, but to me it was thrilling! I arrived in East London and was transported to the volunteer house in Chintsa, South Africa where I would be staying for the next three weeks. Each week and day was different and you honestly never had any idea if the day was going to stay as planned or not. Some days we would go to the East London Zoo and do various enrichment projects for the animals there, other days we would go to the local clinic to watch surgeries or view cases happening there that day, and other days we would spend all day capturing two giraffes. We also had overnight trips to Kei Mouth, Cathcart, and Hogsback where would stay at lodges or homes and work a couple of days in the local townships. While in the townships we would clean out infected wounds, inject animals for internal and external parasites, and dip dogs. One day, we had a man ask us if we could inject his 200 sheep. That was the day I learned how to flip a sheep and it was also the day that I fell in love with sheep. Getting down and dirty with the animals was a thrill, but they also make sure that you go out and experience South Africa and all the beautiful places it has to offer. On my days off, I went zip lining, quad biking, pet a tame giraffe, went to a resort, had nights out on the town, did a wild boat ride, visited the beach that is a 3 minute walk from the house, and so much more. Each and every day was entirely different from before and I wish I could explain them all in immense detail because each of my 21 days there was the best day of my life. I can't say it enough, but this trip changed my life. A part of me will forever remain in Chintsa and wouldn't have it any other way!

Program: South Africa - Pre-Vet Wildlife Internship

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Awesome experience!

I volunteered with International Marine Volunteers in Gansbaai, South Africa and assisted with daily boat outings for great white shark cage diving. It was such an amazing experience and the people running the program could not be nicer. I got the opportunity to see numerous great white sharks every day of my volunteer program (but that's not guaranteed), and was able to cage dive on multiple occasions. I also took part in shark tracking, beach cleanup, helping out at a nearby animal shelter, and helping out at the program's penguin sanctuary. Not many people can say they have done something like this! And it feels good to be a part of something that seeks to educate the public on these amazing creatures while leaving a minimal impact on the environment.

Program: South Africa - Great White Shark Conservation

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Amazing opportunity

I thoroughly enjoyed the program I participated in! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys working outdoors and with children. For myself, it was a great chance for me to get more comfortable with children as I did not have much previous experience. The people you will meet are amazing beyond words and could really use your help. I sincerely feel I had an impact on the program and the children. Definitely consider the Teach Children to Surf Program!

Program: South Africa - Teach Children and Surf in Cape Town

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My vegan bakery internship

I have only positive reviews for this program. As a solo traveler heading to the Middle East for the first time could be quite daunting. Throughout my whole experience from the weeks leading up to my trip, to my entire stay…not once did I feel alone, clueless or stressed.
Every matter was addressed and made clear to me.
Life changing adventure filled with culture, appreciation for world issues and new friends.

Program: Israel - Vegan Bakery Internship

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    5

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

So many experiences in one placement

The diverse wildlife sanctuaries was a really cool way to get immersed in the local conservation efforts and to be involved first hand in a variety of conservation efforts. Spending each day on a different project really helped me appreciate the scope of what was going on and see the different needs of each project.

We also got to help educate local school children which was a nice touch to see some of the conservation in action.

To make it even better the town of Hartbeespoort where all the projects are is stunning and such a fun place to explore.

Program: South Africa - Diverse Wildlife Sanctuaries Experience

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