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Marine Conservation Volunteering in Kenya

Kenya prides itself of a rich marine life, and you can work as a volunteer with us on marine conservation. If you are used to work indepently, with initiative, this fascinating animal conservation project is for you.

Rich marine life along Kenya’s coastline

In Kenya’s litoral you can even find dolphins, who need to be protected. Our main goal with this environmental project is introducing you to the fascinating marine life in Kenya and to develop environmental initiatives to preserve the fauna in the ocean. With your volunteer work you also can further sustainable tourism in order to show the natural beauty to tourists, without destroying the environment. Join us for this adventure in Africa!

Tropical Fishes close to the Reef

The reef attracts an incredible range of fish, most of which are almost iridescent in colour and fantastically marked. Look out for the celestial blue and jade-green parrotfish, striped zebra fish, multi-coloured angelfish and the soup plate-sized butterfly fish. Clouds of tiny damselfish also often hover above the branching coral, and under deep ledges you may catch a glimpse of the magnificent lionfish with its mane of sharp spikes (a sting from this fish can be very painful). Hunting sharks, rays, turtle and starfish also hunt the reef.

Turtles and Dolphins on the Kenyan coastline

Kenya’s reef and lagoons also prove popular with the endangered green, hawksbill, loggerhead, Ridley and leatherback sea turtles. Dolphins too are regular visitors to the area and can be encountered singly or in schools, above and below the waves.

Requirements for Marine Conservation volunteers in Kenya

If you care about our environment and marine in general, this is the project for you. The acceptance to this project will be based on evaluation of your CV and discussion with the project coordinator. We highly appreciate, if you have experience and /or education based on social science, climate adaptation!

Want to volunteer on marine conservation in Kenya?

Find all the information about volunteering in Kenya here, and how to proceed with your application.

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Bringing Joy and Hapiness to a Kenya Orphanage

Bringing Joy and Hapiness to an Orphanage in Kenya.

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Veterinary Internship at a Five Star Game Reserve in South Africa

When you are passionate about animals, work as a volunteer with the African Wildlife and join our veterinary science internship project. The Project is located in an amazing five star game reserve  on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The internship will allow you to really understand the intricacies of a veterinary specializing in African wildlife. During your stay, you’ll be working on everything from the Big Five to the smallest animals at the bottom of the food chain. Since all of the animals are living freely in their natural environment, they are encountering the hazards that come with it!

Since you’ll be working hand in hand with the professional vets on the reserve, you’ll gain hands-on experience caring for these animals. Moreover, you will also learn about animal management and prevention of disease and injuries.

Learn about African Wildlife in the Eastern Cape Game Reserve

At this beautiful Eastern Cape game reserve, you’ll spend two fascinating weeks working with the local wildlife including big cats, elephant, antelope, giraffe and countless bird and small mammal species, and enjoying lectures and hands-on conservation management tasks.

Take Part in African Wildlife Captures

You are likely to find yourself taking part in exciting African wildlife captures, observing how the team dart, sedate, inoculate and examine animals. You’ll spend most days assisting the vets with animal care and rehabilitation in the clinic as well as heading out on emergency calls when necessary.

Work hours are usually from 07.30 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes in neutral colours such as beige, khaki, brown and olive green, and comfortable shoes such as hiking boots.

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Volunteering on Costa Rica’s Beautiful Coast – Saving Sea Turtles

I had an amazing time volunteering on Costa Rica’s beautiful coast. Where at night we went on patrols to search for nests/turtles, scare off poachers (who aren’t always bad) and simply survey the beach. During the day we went on hikes to see the islands natural life and meet new people, cleaned up the beach, cleaned and prepared the hatchery and much more. I’d definitely recommend this conservation project for your next volunteer opportunity. The people were so welcoming and treated us as if we had lived there our whole lives. Everyone had a cool story and a nickname to go with it. Like mechudo and his baby blue jean poisonous dart frog… Photo will be above  – Nikita Barnard

Find out more about the Volunteer Project on Costa Rica’s beautiful coast

Go for a very special trip to volunteer in Costa Rica with this wonderful sea turtle conservation project in a paradisiac Caribbean community.
It is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself into the Spanish language at the same time you help to protect endangered species of sea turtles. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean. With your volunteer work you will also help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.

Visit our page with the sea turle conservation project in Costa Rica.

 

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand – Surin

Volunteer with elephants in Thailand, Surin, and join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.

The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. The elephants are no longer needed in the timber industry to haul the tribes, and many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin and Support the Local Community

This Elephant Experience financially supports the local community and the wellbeing of the elephants. Whilst volunteering with the elephants, you will epxerience the local village life and culture. This gives you the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and to witness the incredible challenges that elephant communities and mahouts face in Thailand.  Spend your days close and in personal touch with these magnificent elephants.

Treating the Elephants with Respect: No Riding Policy

Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, on your work schedule you will walk the elephants through the river and bathe them. Moreover, you will plant and harvest food for the elephants and also feed them. Since we put the elephants in the first place, we base everything around a new approach to elephant care.

Meals:

Meals are included whilst at the village – please budget around $10-15 USD per day when you’re not at the village.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

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Paige Bird Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica – Interview

Paige Bird is a junior in college at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is a communication major seeking a career in journalism and enjoys playing for the golf team at IPFW and spending her free time with her dog, Lucy.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I have always wanted to study abroad, but with being a student-athlete it is unrealistic to go away for an entire semester. I have always loved animals and travel so I decided volunteering abroad was the next best thing!

I chose Iko Poran’s Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation program because it is very affordable and sounded like a fun way to help animals.
What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program advisor helped me prepare to travel to Costa Rica. Being a female and traveling abroad on my own, he helped me feel safe and comfortable to make the journey. He gave me clear and direct instructions of travel and assisting me along the way, what I would be doing in my program, and had a representative meet me at one location and bring me to my final destination.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone going on your program?

If I could give a piece of advice to someone going to the program, I would tell them to take advantage of every opportunity they get to experience the culture.

We were allowed quite a bit of free time and my favorite memory of the trip was going away for a weekend with a group of friends and doing excursions. The volunteering was fantastic, but the friends and memories I made will always be something I hold close to my heart.

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand. Experience Thailand from a local perspective & make lifelong friends.

About Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

Join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.

The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteer on Elephant Care and Support the Local Community

Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, your work schedule will include walking them to the river to bathe them, harvesting and planting food, feeding the elephants, everything is based around a new approach to elephant care that puts the elephant first.

A New Approach on Elephant Care

The program will bring you in touch with the elephants. Therefore, the close and personal contact with these magnificent creatures on a daily basis will be an unforgettable beautiful experience. At the same time you will see the real Thailand, the daily life of its residents. Living in a traditional long house with other volunteers, that’s rural Thai life at it’s very best!

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Unforgettable experience with Elephants in South Africa

This summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again!

  • Camille Clauss Marietti

Animal Volunteer in South AfricaCamille Clauss Marietti from France has been volunteering with animal conservation in South Africa, with elephants and at the Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Amazing Experience with turtles in Costa Rica

My experience at the turtles project was amazing. I had a lot of fun and met fantastic people from all over the world. The village is totally safe and local people are really kind.

Patrols at Night:  you’ll get to See Turtles coming slowly from the Ocean

The patrols at night were fine, you have to walk for four hours on the beach with guides, and if you’re on a lucky night you’ll get to see turtles coming slowly from the ocean, crossing the beach and laying eggs just in front of you. It’s something you want to live in your life, and something you want to protect.

  •  Marine, 21 years old, from Switzerland 

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Wildlife Rehabilitation: Volunteer with Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

If you choose to work as a volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife, you’ll have an experience whicht goes beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

Rehabilitation of Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

Protecting endangered wildlife

Take part in essential conservation efforts in South Africa nursing animals in need back to health. In this once in a lifetime opportunity you will be working in a unique wildlife sanctuary filled with the most amazing species of birds and animals that Africa has to offer.

You will be doing incredible and meaningful work, giving your time and love to the rehabilitation of creatures big and small. You will wake up every morning to the chorus of the African dawn, living in a nearby lodge, and spend your days working hands on with the animals.

Staying only a few miles from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this placement in South Africa has it all.

This experience will develop your insight into the wildlife of South Africa and really touch your heart.

Qualifications and Requirements for Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers:

  • Minimum Age: 16+ years
  • You will have a key role helping to prepare food and feed the birds and animals twice a day – This is really important work and you must be willing to get stuck in.
  • If you love animals and birds and be committed to their recovery and wellbeing, this volunteer project is for you!
  • You will be expected to work hard and get your hands dirty – your responsibilities may include cleaning enclosures and aviaries, constructing new enclosures and checking for damage to fences in order to prevent anything getting in or out.

Location close to Port Elizabeth

Location of project:  Animal sanctuary on South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route next to Port Elizabeth

Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (code PLZ)

Shared dormitory style room in wooden lodge at project (2-8 persons per room)

Food: All meals are included

Available from 2 to 8 weeks

Want to work as a wildlife volunteer in South Africa?

Find the full information about volunteering in South Africa here, and proceed to the application form.

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South Africa: Big Five & Game Reserve Volunteer Program

South Africa Big Five - Leopard

South Africa Big Five – Leopard

Working as a wildlife volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will hel protecting lions, leopards, elephants, buffolos and rhinoceroses in the African Bush.

Volunteering at the Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa

At the game reserve in South Africa you will carry out a spectrum of important tasks, including caring for the animals and monitoring in the African Bush. The nature of the volunteer work will vary according to the weather and season.

Tasks on the Schedule for an Wildlife Volunteer

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • lion tracking
  • game counts & capture,
  • environmental work
  • planting trees
  • managing vegetation
  • patrolling fences

There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses.

Big Five Conservation – Game Drives & Wilderness Walks

You will get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre. The volunteers on Big Five Conservation visit and work in different parts of the reserve. You will be given the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.

Qualifications and Requirements for South Africa Big Five Conservation:

  • You must be over 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
  • A good  state of good physical and mental health is pre-requisite.

South African Big Five: Origins of the Name

Even though you know that Africa and South Africa are so much more than the Big Five, the familiar images soon begin playing in your mind: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffalos lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.

How did these five animals – the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard – come to be called the Big Five?

It was originally a hunting term used by the so-called ‘great white hunters’ in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible.

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