Volunteer with Animals

Find jobs and volunteering programs with wildlife in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Pacific and Central, South and North America. If you have ever wanted to travel overseas and help animals we have some fantastic programs available to join all year round. You can help contribute to wildlife conservation including helping/rehabilitation animals, preventing poaching, raising awareness and offering assistance at sanctuaries and centers all around the world. There are so many rewarding opportunities to work with animals including free and paid placements. 


Wildlife Volunteer Programs

Search our rewarding range of volunteering projects with animals include free, low cost and paid opportunities.


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Guide to Helping with Animals Overseas

Do you love animals? Do you have a passion for wildlife conservation? Would you like to volunteer with animals abroad? The hard part if just decide where you would like to go and which animals you would like to volunteer with! There is a lot of 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 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.

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. 

We get a lot of enquiries from people asking if we offer any internships or paid jobs with animals overseas. A lot of people are seeking to further studies and also gain practical experience at the same time. If you are in a similar sitation and are possibly studying towards a veterinary nurse qualification and would like to become more involved in the rehabilitation of wild animals then our programs will appeal to you. 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.

Participating is 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! 

Volunteering 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. 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, lots of animals are endangered and facing extinction. 

We also list veterinary and general work placements which are open to everyone perfect if you want to make a difference. View our featured programs and apply for an amazing experience today. 



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Medical Vetinary Work Experience Abroad

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.  Experienced vets will be able to help you and guide you through daily activities. and you could be helping and treating animals like the elephants, rhinoceros, 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 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


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.



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. So what are you waiting for, sign up to volunteer with animals today. 


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