Wildlife volunteering is an amazing way to travel to exotic locations while conserving endangered species worldwide. From protecting sea turtles on the Caribbean beaches of Central America to the rehabilitation of cheetahs and lions in the African bush, this is your chance to give something back to the environment. Based on years of practice and in-depth volunteer reports, GoEco presents you a carefully vetted selection of excellent yet affordable wildlife volunteer projects in countries such as Costa Rica, Israel, Namibia, South Africa and Bolivia.
If you are passionate about wild animals and want to make a difference in their lives, then volunteer at the African Wildlife Ranch! Help their incredible staff with conservation efforts and experience close encounters with a range of fascinating creatures!
Live among some of Africa's spectacular wildlife while working on a team expedition to complete projects that better life on the sanctuary. See the immediate benefits of your volunteer work while getting up close and personal with the zebras, cheetahs, elephants, and many more animals that have found a safe haven at the sanctuary.
Travel to South Africa and volunteer in the Great White Shark capital of the world. Cage dive with Great Whites and contribute to marine conservation and eco-tourism efforts in the stunning Gansbaai area.
Experience life in the African bush while contributing to conservation efforts of Africa's fierce predators - lions and leopards. Participate in research and monitoring of these intriguing big cats to better understand their behaviors and how we can help ensure their future in the area.
Volunteer at a sanctuary that focuses on big and small cats, including cheetahs, leopards, lions, African wild cats and caracals, plus other wildlife species. The center is well-known for rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals in to the wild. You will live on the sanctuary grounds and gain a better understanding of issues facing African wildlife.
Volunteer for abandoned and abused cats and dogs in communities surrounding Cape Town. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in veterinary care for both veterinary students and animal-lovers alike.
Participate in research initiatives on Africa's "Big 5" wildlife species – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo. Contribute to research and conservation work and play a part in vital conservation activities.
Come to South Africa and get an all-around volunteer experience working with both the stunning variety of wildlife found in the African bush, as well as contributing to local community initiatives in a safe house for at-risk youth.
Join us at this wildlife sanctuary that focuses on environmental conservation and provides care for endangered cheetahs and African wild dogs in South Africa. Learn about these unique animals through interactive hands-on projects and work on a real game reserve while making a positive difference.
Volunteers are needed to assist with this exciting conservation project for the care and rehabilitation of African wildlife. Experience the African bush up close near the incredible Kruger National Park.
Join us on this informative and fun educational program, learning through wildlife volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa. The project is founded on innovative approaches to help understand predator behavior as well as applying animal management and care.
Join us on this informative and fun educational program, learning through wildlife volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa. The project is founded on innovative approaches to help understand the African Elephant's behavior and apply operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies.
Volunteer at one of the largest and most successful wildlife rehabilitation and release centers in Africa! Volunteers on this project work with a range of animals, anything from monkeys to lions. Experience beautiful Zimbabwe while making a positive impact on the delicate African ecosystem.
Volunteer to work up close with lions against the backdrop of the majestic Victoria Falls. Be involved in the research of lion behavior and participate in one of the world's few initiatives to release them back into the wild. Volunteers will also assist the National Park's rangers teach about conservation in the local school.
Take part in a photography and research program in the most spectacular setting - the Zambezi and Victoria Falls National Parks in Zimbabwe. You will be staying in the National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River, with hippos, elephants, and bushbucks as neighbours. Take part in a three day photography workshop, and assist in collecting vital research data on Africa’s most iconic species.
Volunteers who join this project will truly have it all - they can be a part of a community project and transform the lives of children during the week, and then participate in a lion project over the weekend and join a globally recognized lion conservation project.
You're invited to join a conservation team that strives to protect the marine ecosystems of Madagascar, by going out on scuba and snorkeling surveys that will supply vital information to the government and to international conservation agencies. Madagascar has some of the best dive sites in the world, so come enjoy its crystal clear waters while protecting the environment!
Discover Madagascar, one of the world's most bio-diverse regions, while conducting research on its magnificent wildlife. As part of this project you will experience Madagascar's immense variety of exotic species as well as hike through the island's rugged and remote areas. Join this unique project, make lifelong friends, and return home with incredible memories.
Volunteer in Seychelles and work with local and government initiatives to conserve the wildlife and environment. Get lost along the white sand beaches or go on a diving adventure while becoming an integral part of the wildlife conservation and education in this little piece of paradise.
Spend your days exploring the underwater world of the Seychelles. Scuba dive with whale sharks and learn about coral reefs, sea turtles, and other marine life as you collect data and contribute towards marine conservation.
Volunteer in an exciting conservation project in the heart of the Masai Mara. Make connections within the local community and help to bridge the gap between the growing tourist industry and the local population while making valuable contributions to conservation efforts, mainly with lions and elephants.
Join this tropical island project and get involved with marine conservation, community work, and education. Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history, an intriguing blend of cultures, and stunningly beautiful beaches and sea life.
Volunteer for the welfare and conservation of the African lion along the banks of the mighty Zambezi river. Take part in a research program to better understand the ecology of lions and join the education programs to involve communities in conservation as part of a holistic approach.
Help aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals at a sanctuary in the heart of Malawi. See the benefits of your hands-on work with a variety of different animals, especially primates and big cats.
Help conduct essential marine research on scuba dives, ocean safaris and beach walks off the coastline of the stunning beach town of Praia do Tofo. On this project you will closely monitor a variety of unique marine species, including the majestic whale shark - all while contributing to key marine conservation.
GoEco is proud to partner with one of the world's leading conservation organizations to bring you this unique opportunity in Thailand. Volunteers will work closely with local communities, providing a hands-on contribution to the rescue and rehabilitation of elephants.
Join this wildlife project and see these magnificent gibbons up close and personal! Live inside the sanctuary, disconnect from city life, and provide these rescued gibbons with the love and affection they deserve and need.
Travel to beautiful Sri Lanka, visit ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites, walk in the path of Buddhist pilgrims, and swim in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Volunteer for turtle conservation on one of Sri Lanka's spectacular beaches and give back to the community while learning about the Sri Lankan way of life.
Volunteer near Bali, a beautiful region surrounded by marine life and amazing scenery. Work with injured and rescued sea turtles to rehabilitate them and educate others about the importance of ensuring this species survival.
Many of Indonesia's injured and illegally traded wildlife find a safe haven at this rescue center. Help aid with rehabilitation efforts through intimate encounters with primates and spend time teaching basic English to help with continued conservation education.
Experience India's vibrant diversity through this 4 week road trip. Your first 3 weeks will be spent travelling, sightseeing, and learning about the different cultures you encounter. The last week will be spent volunteering in either a community development or animal welfare project along the idyllic beaches of Goa.
Journey to the unbelievable island of Naifaru in the Northern Maldives and make your contribution to sea turtle rehabilitation! Here you’ll enjoy the spectacular locale while giving back to the small, yet bustling community.
Join this uniquely diverse volunteer experience and help with hands-on conservation of Malaysia's indigenous animals. Discover the ancient forests on the border of Taman Negara National Park and travel to the idyllic white sandy beaches of the Perhentian Islands on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
This school has a unique approach towards rehabilitation of at-risk youth. As part of this approach the school operates a nursery where the students learn about responsibility and experiment with expressing their true character. As a volunteer, you will work at this nursery, learn about horticulture, and make a real impact on local youth in Jerusalem!
Volunteer for a unique coral reef conservation project in the Red Sea and help preserve one of the richest marine environments on Earth. Work with professional staff members and other like-minded volunteers, while getting to know one of Israel's best beach towns, Eilat.
Volunteer under a biologist and geographer at a center focused on nature and agricultural investigation. Assist with interesting research projects on horses, magpies and other animals. Help in the smallholding and vegetable garden, too!
Join GoEco in Denia, Spain and volunteer to help protect the remarkable but fragile Mediterranean coast and its marine biodiversity. Learn to scuba dive or work on marine research projects by collecting important data and helping to improve the surrounding ecosystems.
Experience Mediterranean life while volunteering to protect the vulnerable baby sea turtles along Greece's beaches. Make a difference in sea turtle conservation by monitoring the sand for these majestic creatures as well as reaching out to educate the community on the subject.
Help with bottlenose dolphin conservation efforts in Croatia! Join a group of volunteers out at sea where you will learn about the local dolphin population and observe their behavior! There are few better places to watch dolphins than on the northeast coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Journey to the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica to help sea turtles in their fight against human poachers and erosion of their nesting sites. Meet other like-minded volunteers and experience the thrill of returning thousands of baby turtles to their ocean home.
Costa Rica has more than 8,500 species of plants, 220 species of reptiles, 160 amphibians, 205 species of mammals, and 850 species of birds. Volunteers here play an important role in the conservation of Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity and have responsibilities that are vital to the success of the wildlife rescue centers.
Are you an adventurous nature lover? Join this project to assist in the protection of endangered jaguars and experience living and working surrounded by Costa Rica’s rainforest - an hour's boat ride away from the nearest town!
Learn to scuba dive and assist in preserving the beautiful coral reef off the coast of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. This protected region has a lot to offer participants looking for an educational experience in a quintessential paradise.
Join a team of conservationists and work towards the long-term survival of the endangered Andean Condor! Track, research, and rehabilitate the world's largest bird of flight on the northern ridge of Patagonia.
Volunteer at a sanctuary that focuses on the care and rehabilitation of some of Australia's indigenous wildlife - including koalas, dingoes and kangaroos. By joining this program, you will have the opportunity make a real contribution to the conservation of these animals while gaining a better understanding of the issues facing Australian wildlife.
Discover Fiji's underwater wonderland and become a seasoned diver, all while completing invaluable research toward local conservation initiatives. PADI certification training provided on placements of 8 weeks or more.