I participated in a project in South Africa, during 3 months. These are the most wonderful 3 months I have ever spent in my life. The place was magical, animals of all kinds and an extraordinary team atmosphere .. I met volunteers from around the world, really this experience taught me a lot on a personal level! I highly recommend – Imane, France
J’ai participé à un projet en Afrique du Sud, d’une durée de 3 mois. Ce sont les 3 mois les plus merveilleux que j’ai pu passer de toute ma vie. L’endroit était magique, des animaux de toute sortes et une ambiance d’équipe extraordinaire.. J’ai rencontré des volontaire du monde entier, vraiment cette expérience m’a beaucoup appris sur le plan personnel ! Je recommande fortement – Imane, France
Travel to South Africa with its fasinating landscapes and enjoy animal volunteering in the African Bush! You can choose from caring for Vervet Monkeys, monitoring the Big Five or Rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals. There is now even a new marine biology internship available, at the aquarium in Cape Town.
Visit our page of Wildlife Volunteering in South Africa, to learn more.
Pedro Henrique de Cerqueira from Brazil, went for a trip for animal volunteering in South Africa. As you can see on the pictures, he made new friends during the wildlife conservation program in South Africa!
Go for a trip for wildlife volunteering in South Africa with Iko Poran! You may choose from many exciting projects, including a program to save the Vervet Monkeys, or Wildlife Rehabilitation. And of course, you can go for a safari monitoring the Big Five. And there is even a wildlife veterinary internship, in a five star game reserve at the Eastern Coast Game Reserve. Finally, there is a marine conservation volunteer project, with the Great White Shark.
Please go to our page with all the animal conservation programs in South Africa, and find out more!
Morgan Bureau from France joined our volunteer project to save the baby sea turtles in Costa Rica and is having fun doing it. We are excited about her participation in the ecological project and would like to thank Morgan so much! Her work together with the other volunteers is a vital piece to preserve the ecological balance of the oceans and the natural beauty in Costa Rica. Since poachers prey on the baby sea turtles when they try to crawl to the water, our volunteers go for patrols during the night on the beach to protect the turtles.
Go for a very special trip to volunteer in Costa Rica with this wonderful baby sea turtle conservation project in a paradisiac Caribbean community. Help protecting the baby sea turtles crawling to sea from poachers! We have developed this very affordable marine conservation project with your budget in mind. Our prices are among the cheapest!
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.It is an exciting opportunity to help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Find all the information about volunteering in Kenya here, and how to proceed with your application.
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If you feel passionate about animals, work as join our wildlife veterinary 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
To participate in one of the Africa animal volunteer programs can be a joyful and rewarding experience. To get hands on and volunteer with these majestetic animals, like elephants or lions, is an exciting experience. However, most of us know the animals of the African Bush only from the Zoo or school books. Therefore, to come close to them and develop a deeper understanding is a unique opportunity.
Working as a volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will help 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.
Join the Big Cat Conservation volunteer program in South Africa and work for a non- profit organization. Passion and love for the big cats will inspire your volunteer work to protect lions, leopards in the African Bush. The population of big cats in South Africa is being threatened by a high presence of bone trade and canned hunting, and poachers who hunt them for sport. They have also traditionally fallen victim to exploitation in captivity and face a constant and rapid loss of habitat as the land gets developed.
The best hopes for these magnificent animals are sanctuaries such as this one, providing a home to lions, tigers, panthers, caracals and jackals, which can offer them a protected home environment and which work hard to spread awareness within society of the problems that these creatures are facing, educating people on the hunting trade. We are of the opinion that all animals should be roaming the wild but, in reality, much of it has been destroyed and hunting disrupts delicate balance of the bush.
Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa. There, you can help with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.
Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary. The special initiative aims to give a new loving home for orphaned vervet monkeys come from near and far. Moreover, you will help to rehabilitate the young primates and care for them until they can be released back into the wild.
With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. With your participation you can help feed them well, and care for them with love and dedication. Finally, you will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests.
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 Claus Marietti
Camille Clauss Marietti from France has been volunteering with animal conservation in South Africa. She has been working with leopards andh elephants and at the Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary.
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.
View here Paige’s video from her Costa Rica volunteer trip to save the sea turtles:
What Paige is saying about her volunteer trip to Costa Rica:
I would HIGHLY recommend this volunteer experience. I did lots of research going into this trying to find the most affordable program, and Iko Poran was definitely the most affordable. I was doing the same volunteer work as volunteers from all over the world, but I was paying much less money to do so.
I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with the turtles and I met many people and created memories I will never forget. I definitely recommend Iko Poran and the Sea Turtle experience in Costa Rica and I cannot wait until I volunteer with them again. Pura Vida!
Paige, 19 years old, Costa Rica