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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Volunteer with elephants in Thailand, Surin, and join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.
This volunteer project offers 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.
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.
Please note; so as to maintain best practice, we do not condone the riding of elephants by visitors or tourists, and thus it is not allowed. The bond between the mahout and elephant is very special and culturally complex thus should be respected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand. Experience Thailand from a local perspective & make lifelong friends.
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.
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.
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!
This summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again!
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.
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.
Volunteer in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife is beyond most people’s wildest dreams.
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 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.
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
Find the full information about volunteering in South Africa here, and proceed to the application form.
Working as a volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will hel protecting lions, leopards, elephants, buffolos and rhinoceroses in the African Bush.
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 may include, but are not limited to:
There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses.
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.
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.
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.
Great White Shark volunteering in South Africa is a unique opportunity to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the marine world. Volunteer in South Africa in our marine conservation project.
Today the population of sharks worldwide is under threat. This is your opportunity to play a vital role in helping to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the marine world, the Great White.
You will be working alongside marine biologists researching and observing the sharks and their environment. You will have the task of sharing this research and knowledge with visitors going shark diving, and may get the chance to assist in tagging and tracking sharks.
Most exciting of all, you have the unforgettable experience of going cage diving to meet your subject face to face – just try not to drop your camera! In your spare time you will be free to enjoy and get to know the beautiful Western Cape and even travel further afield to explore the rest of South Africa.