Wildlife conservation projects undertake valuable scientific research and often directly responsible for preventing species from disappearing at a local or global level. Unfortunately, worldwide ignorance or apathy mean these projects are often without the funding they need to save these fragile ecosystems, and so rely on volunteers like you to help get the work done.
Wildlife projects in South Africa
Gap Year Provider: Agape Volunteers, South Africa
Agape Volunteers, a UK registered charity, offers affordable wildlife projects in South Africa. You'll be based on a Big 5 Game Reserve, helping with tracking, conservation and monitoring the animals. You'll also get to do some outreach work encouraging local children not to become poachers.
Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears
Join as a volunteer at our wildlife rescue centre in Yogyakarta in the centre of Java. The centre has over 200 animals and is actively rehabilitating 80 of them. In February 2017 we released 20 animals including 8 pea fowl and snakes. You can also help with our school clubs & community programm
Volunteer in Conservation around the world
From Turtle Conservation in Bali and Sri Lanka to Eco-Agriculture Conservation in Costa Rica and Guatemala, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides a range of highly affordable and high quality Conservation volunteer programs around the world.
South Africa Wildlife Volunteer
Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa! Your adventure starts with an action-packed week introducing you to the customs and culture of South Africa. Next you volunteer with the Big 5 on a Wildlife conservation project before heading
Adventure Road Trip and Community Development
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. You will visit some of the most beautiful landmarks in your chosen country, and also involved with some local communities along the way.
Big 5 Wildlife Research in South Africa
By far the BEST way to see Africa's wild animals in their natural habitat is as a wildlife research volunteer! Join our team at our beautiful lodge in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa to study and monitor Africa's 'Big 5' animals (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos!).
Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120
Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations.
Volunteer in Central America
A Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua is a unique opportunity to experience incredible cultures and help tackle poverty in some of the most beautiful places on earth. You will be working towards: Community resilience, Environment volunteering and an exhilarating adventure trek.
Volunteering / Internships with Animals
Take part in an incredible opportunity to spend time volunteering with majestic animals during your gap year! Set in spectacular locations around the world the projects will bring you close to the animals as you take part in their daily routines.
Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving
We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. After this fun packed orientation you will be able to begin on your volunteer project, from Teaching, Conservation, Construction or Healthcare.
Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest
Join a Raleigh expedition to Borneo and spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living deep in the Malaysian Rainforest. You and your team of global volunteers will be working to protect it for future generations. You'll also volunteer in a rural community and trek across stunning landscapes.
Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Africa, Asia & Australasia
If you’re looking for a chance to get your hands dirty volunteering to help underprivileged communities with construction projects, look no further! Aiming to improve the quality of life for under-privileged citizens,the construction work improves the local living conditions.
Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds
Our Short-term Special Projects for 16-19 year olds offer teenagers the chance to volunteer and make a difference during their summer holidays! Projects Abroad has a wide range of projects from our Care & Panda Project in China to Conservation Projects in Peru.
Borneo Orangutan Protection
Join us on a 6 week extreme jungle adventure to help protect the endangered Orangutan in one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world. Working with the New Orangutan Rehabilitation Project, we head deep into the jungle to help construct rope bridges, hides and viewing structures. Lo
Conservation Gap Year
Australia, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Namibia, S.Africa, Malaysia, Borneo, Romania, Ecuador
Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
Sumatra & Bali Orangutan Conservation
Indonesia, Sumatra, Bali
From the jungles of Sumatra to the beaches of Bali, this 4 to 8 week program combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia island adventure!
Conservation Projects Abroad
Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles
The Ultimate African Adventure
Spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living and working alongside a remote Tanzanian community whilst working on a life changing water and sanitation project. Protect some of the world's most vulnerable environments and trek through stunning landscapes in the diverse Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
South America Explore
An 8 week South American adventure combining Spanish lessons, a Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at our jungle animal sanctuary and a visit to the Galapagos!
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the worlds most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes in Africa and Asia. Our programmes start from just two weeks in duration right up to six months.
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
As more and more of the world's population become wealthy enough to travel to distant countries, the impact on the environment and upon local communities and wildlife become more noticeable and more reported. This has lead to a proliferation in the number of conservation based gap years and gap year projects focused on helping and giving back to the communities that are being visited. Many of the most fragile marine and terrestrial environments are located in some of the world's poorest areas. While many governments recognise the need to protect these valuable ecosystems, not least because of the tourist revenue that they generate, conservation often isn't at the top of their list of priorities. Gap year companies are increasingly working with local groups to offer gap year workers who can volunteer their time and skills.
If you choose to undertake a conservation project as part of your gap year experience, you will be helping to give something back and to make a difference. It's easy to travel the world and see lots of new places, without actually doing anything. But it is so much more rewarding to give a little back along the way. You will be working alongside like minded people and will probably learn some new skills that will be valuable when you get back home, perhaps in your career.
The gap year conservation companies we work with offer a wide variety of exciting conservation projects all over the world, including animal conservation in Game Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Amazon Rainforest. Construction of model farms in India, sustainable development and agriculture. Plus many more.