Volunteer with Animals Abroad

Browse our website and find volunteer work with animals in countries all around the world. You can find programs where you can contribute to conservation efforts, help care and rehabilitation animals, prevent poaching, raise awareness and really make a difference. If you have ever wanted to work helping wildlife in places like Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America we have placements all around the world. There are so many rewarding placements including free, low cost and paid placements where you can make a big difference, we list opportunities in veterinary and also general placements which are open to everyone. View featured projects with animals below. read more information about the types of opportunities available and apply for an amazing experience today.


Volunteer Apes Volunteer Baboons Volunteer Bears
Volunteer Birds Volunteer Cheetahs Volunteer Chimpanzees
Volunteer Crocodiles Volunteer Dolphins Volunteer Elephants
Volunteer Giraffes Volunteer Gorillas Volunteer Horses
Volunteer Lions Volunteer Meerkats Volunteer Monkeys
Volunteer Orangutans Volunteer Pandas Volunteer Penguins
Volunteer Reptiles Volunteer Rhinos Volunteer Sharks
Volunteer Tigers Volunteer Sea Turtles Volunteer Whales




Specific Places You Can Volunteer with Wildlife

Volunteer at a Zoo

Farm Volunteer Work

Game Reserve Volunteering


National Parks

Work at a Wildlife Sanctuary




Volunteer with Animals Overseas

Guide to Helping with Animals Overseas

On our website you can find volunteer abroad programs with wildlife where you can travel to destinations around the world where you can really help conservation efforts. There are several rehabilitation and release wildlife programs where you can nurse wildlife back to health and then release animals into the wild. You will be able to work in a foreign country and really help animals in need by working with them or educating local people about he need to help them. What are you waiting for, sign up to volunteer with animals today. Wildlife volunteer and travel programs lengths can vary from one week to over a year, please note you are unlikely to need any prior experience. If you have a passion for animals and conservation, volunteering with animals will be a really worthwhile experience. Programs abroad usually allow you to have flexible free time to travel and see more of the country you are in. International animal jobs are available in most locations around the world like Africa. 

There are a diverse range of placements with animals abroad, for example helping at a game reserve or if you are seeking a career in veterinary there are skilled options. Volunteering with animals in Africa is a great way to do something rewarding, on some projects you can help marine conservation efforts in South Africa and get close to whales and sharks. Conservation volunteer programs with animals let you help protect and have a real impact by taking part in endangered animal rescue projects. You might be researching, monitoring and protecting wild animals from poachers. Despite conservation efforts in Africa, lots of animals are endangered and facing extinction. You can help by joining an African animal conservation project with endangered wildlife like big cats, lions, rhinos and leopards. View wildlife projects to get started or visit our main volunteer abroad directory.



Veterinary Placements Abroad

If you have a passion for vetinary or are seeking a career with animals you can apply to join wildlife volunteer programs overseas with One World 365. You can gain hands-on vet experience by search placements on our website, if you need to fulfill a portion of your Extra Mural Study (EMS) requirements, we offer animal care courses and work experience in places. Vetinary volunteer work experience abroad can provide you with a unique chance to gain work experience which will look great on your CV or resume.

You could join conservation and vetinary teams who capture of injured wildlife and help take them to medical facilities in game reserves or sanctuaries. Vetinary volunteer program tasks can involve assisting head vets with veterinary procedures, help feeding and rehabilitating animals, help hand-raised animals - a very hands on experience. Africa vet volunteer and travel trips are popular with students undertaking veterinary and animal courses at university. In South Africa there are vet volunteer programs where you will be trained to take care of animals for example elephants at national parks. The Addo Elephant National Park, The Amakhala Game Reserve and The Shamwari Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape in South Africa all accept volunteer vets year round. You can join endangered species rehabilitation centre volunteering programs in Africa which play a crucial role in conserving many endangered wildlife species. 

Experienced vets will be able to help you and guide you through daily activities. and you could be helping and treating animals like the African elephant, rhinoceros, African buffalo, lions and leopards. You will be able to conduct theoretical and practical training focusing on the role of veterinary science in the context of African wildlife conservation & utilisation. This means your animal care training will combine the disciplines of veterinary science, wildlife management and conservation field training.



Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Work with Animals Abroad

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Work with Animals

Do you love animals? Do you have a passion for wildlife conservation? Would you like to volunteer with animals abroad? View our top reasons why you should volunteer and help wildlife overseas. The hard part if just decide where you would like to go and which animals you would like to volunteer with! 

Choice - popular animals to volunteer with include elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, sharks and whales. We promote a lot of wildlife volunteer organisations who need volunteers and people to help work on placements, at sanctuarys and with wildlife rescues.

On our website you can find a diverse range of volunteer programs with wildlife around the world and really be able to help. Really recommended wildlife programs include helping elephants in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and South Africa, working with sharks in South Africa, helping turtles in Mexico and working with kangaroos in Australia! These placements are a lot of fun.

Its a great way to gain experience, volunteer roles with animals vary, from collecting food and cleaning enclosures to gaining hands on work by caring and really helping animals get back to health. Animal volunteering opportunities are amazing if you are seeking career experience or you are looking for a job as a vet. A lot of people on gap years and graduates travel abroad to join animal volunteer projects.

If you work on wildlife rescue or rehabilitation programs you will have the best experience ever, there are not many things like seeing wildlife you have cared for being released back into the wild! Find more information on volunteering with animals abroad with One World 365, research projects and worldwide trips today! View our animal volunteer projects and experience the most inspiring time abroad you have ever had.



How to Apply

We have hundreds of organisations and programs available to join and each one is different. You will need to choose a location/project - this comes down to personal preference. Some organiations charge a sign up fee to volunteer with, on these placements you usually get a structured experience including

  • Placements
  • A donation
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to project
  • All food and accommodation
  • Training materials and science equipment
  • Pre-departure support and services
  • Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques
  • 24-hour in-country support and a 24-hour emergency phone line

There are also free and paid placements available. To get a paid position working with animals you will usually need a specific skill or working in vetinary.




No previous experience is required for most general placements, but volunteers must be able to work as part of a team, have a strong interest in wildlife and conservation, a sense of adventure and be prepared to a new culture and living conditions. Participants must be enthusiastic, adventurous and respectful of their host country’s culture and environment. Minimum age limit is usually 18 years old but there are taster trips for 16-17 year olds and also family programs. If you are applying for a skilled position you will need to show certifications and qualificiations.


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