Volunteer with Animals Abroad

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, apply today. 


Wildlife Volunteer Programs

Search rewarding volunteering jobs with animals which include free, low cost and paid opportunities.

Volunteer with Animals Abroad

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Guide to Helping 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 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 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. View our featured programs and apply for an amazing experience today. 


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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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