Conservation Projects on your Gap Year

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.

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.


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POPULAR CONSERVATION COURSES


Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Africa

Volunteer at a rural charity in South Africa. Live and work onsite, get to know a new culture and play a key role in various projects to help uplift the community, teach children, develop local infrastructure and the economy and break the poverty cycle in this personally rewarding experience.
More Details.. Hamba Africa



South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program
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South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program

Asia

This 10 week South East Asia Program incorporates various service learning projects such as elephant conservation & volunteering with a school. In addition expect a meditation retreat, rock climbing, caving, trekking, river boat, tubing, jungle exploring, visiting temples, muay thai & cookery class
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OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


Volunteer with bears in Romania

Volunteer with bears in Romania

Europe

Volunteer in a brown bear sanctuary in Romania, helping to sort through food donations and feed the bears. Over 100 bears have been rescued and now live in the huge enclosures, emerging from the trees when it's feeding time. Volunteers are vital for the running of the sanctuary, and you could help.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

Africa

Gain experience providing care for wildlife species at a rehabilitation center in South Africa! Volunteers will provide care for various animals, including hand-rearing orphaned animals when necessary. This center aims to rehabilitate & release all animals, but there are some who cannot be released.
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South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program
SPECIAL OFFER!

South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program

Asia

This 10 week South East Asia Program incorporates various service learning projects such as elephant conservation & volunteering with a school. In addition expect a meditation retreat, rock climbing, caving, trekking, river boat, tubing, jungle exploring, visiting temples, muay thai & cookery class
More Details.. Pacific Discovery



ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing wildlife conservation volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Africa

Volunteer at a primate rehabilitation centre in rural Africa and be prepared for lots of monkey hugs! You'll be a surrogate parent to orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons, as they continue on their journey back to life in the wild.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Africa

Volunteering on a stunning game reserve, you'll have the chance to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat - elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards. Participating in this project, you will contribute to the protection of these beautiful animals and their unique habitat.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



Wildlife Conservation Ranch in South Africa

Wildlife Conservation Ranch in South Africa

Africa

Volunteer at a widely-accredited wildlife ranch in South Africa! This ranch is home to over 90 species of endangered animals. Volunteers will get up-close with various animals. Visitors come to the ranch to learn about these animals and how important their conservation
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Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks.
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Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program
SPECIAL OFFER!

Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program

Asia

On this 10 week program in Nepal&Tibet you experience Nepali language&culture immersion whilst home-staying in a rural village.You'll have the opportunity to volunteer on a community development project, trek Annapurna circuit, study yoga&meditation, raft down Kali Gandaki & visit Everest Base Camp.
More Details.. Pacific Discovery



New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program
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New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program

Australasia

This is our most popular Program,a 10 week program in NZ & Australia. Think service learning conservation projects in diverse national parks, outdoors expeditions, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, surfing & educational adventure travel in NZ & Australia's mountain, forest and beach environments
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Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

SouthAmerica

Volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre in the jungle of Ecuador! The rescue shelter is home to various species of native Ecuadorian wild animals that have been abused, injured or neglected.
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Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!

Wildlife Experience in Kruger National Park South Africa - 12+ Projects!

Africa

Join our 4 weeks all inclusive volunteer placements in the greater Kruger National park, South Africa. Live on a big 5 wildlife reserve, take part in game drives, bush walks and over 12 different and important conservation projects! Perfect both for a gap year experience or wildlife enthusiasts
More Details.. Hamba Africa



Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Africa

Volunteer at a rural charity in South Africa. Live and work onsite, get to know a new culture and play a key role in various projects to help uplift the community, teach children, develop local infrastructure and the economy and break the poverty cycle in this personally rewarding experience.
More Details.. Hamba Africa



Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year

Africa Asia Australasia Europe NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

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.
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Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Africa

4 Weeks wildlife placement working on over 12 conservation projects in the greater Kruger National park plus a week dedicated to adventure and travel! Explore South Africa, help wildlife, discover natural wonders and try adrenaline pumping activities.
More Details.. Hamba Africa



Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Africa Asia NorthAmerica SouthAmerica

PMGY offer some of the most amazing teaching volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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What you will get from a conservation gap year

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.

What do we offer

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.