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.
Volunteer with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania
Gap Year Provider: African Impact, Tanzania
Work with one of Africa’s most iconic tribes, the Maasai, near Africa's highest mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro. Your support will give members of the tribe who have not had access to education as a child a second chance at education in adulthood, and empower them to earn an income for their family.
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.
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.
Climate Activism in the Caribbean
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Join a 1 or 6 months intensive program with studies, courses and actions to make the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ready for Climate Change. 1 Month cost 900 USD. 6 Months cost 2900 USD.
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.
Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
A trip to three of South East Asia’s most sought-after destinations. Encompassing both conservation-based volunteer projects and traditional backpacking, the South-East Asia adventure is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to set out on one of the world’s most iconic traveller routes.
Sumatra Orangutan Protection
This 4 week program in the jungles of Sumatra combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia Island adventure!
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 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.
South Africa & Mozambique Adventure
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
Fighting Global Warming and Poverty
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ecuador and Belize
18 months Work, Study and Travel program 6 months in St. Vincent * 6 months in Belize or Ecuador * 6 months in St. Vincent. As you train to become a development instructor you will be challenged to build your capacity and increase your understanding of the world.
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
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.
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!).
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Adventure
Costa Rica, Nicaragua
See the best of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this unique Central America gap year adventure. From the deep and dense Cost Rican rainforest to quaint Caribbean beach towns, you will experience paradise in all its glory.
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.