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CONSERVATION

Join Kaya as a conservation volunteer and you will have an incredible time working on a sustainable project on a range of activities to protect plant, marine and animal wildlife habitats and their varied inhabitants!

Conservation Volunteer Projects

Conservation volunteering is a necessary step and effort needed in the battle against climate change. Sea-levels are rising, deforestation is expanding, and the global temperature increase predicted for 2100 would see irreparable damage to coral reefs, coastlines, and ALL of earth’s habitats. Mass animal extinctions, global food shortages, and irreversible damage to nature are all areas of concern that will benefit enormously from conservation volunteers.

Humanity desperately needs to address the issue. Conservation volunteers play a vital role in global education, repairing, and protection within all facets of conservation.

There are three key areas that you can make a difference in as a conservation volunteer:

Make friends and make change… Your journey into conservation volunteering will take place within a team of experienced professionals, researchers, and volunteers like yourself. Together you will make waves in rehabilitation, research or habitat development, and will contribute to long-term conservation goals.

Get your hands dirty… This is your chance to gain truly first-hand experience of the challenges facing conservation efforts. From endangered species, to damaged coral reefs, deforestation and so much more – there is a world of specialisms around which your conservation volunteering could focus. 

Adventure awaits… as there are options to combine your conservation volunteering with an international diving qualification or a wildlife internship. The possibilities are as vast and wild as the habitats and animals you could be working to save.

Read more in our blogs here:

Our Conservation volunteer projects

Sustainable Development Micro-Internship in Costa Rica

Join a 2-week group micro-internship that combines lectures, interactive discussions on sustainability models, learn about the challenges and successes of these in Costa Rica and finish off the program with practical fieldwork.

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Marine Big 5 Volunteering in South Africa

Join this Marine Big 5 Volunteer Program in Gansbaai South Africa and contribute to the protection of the Cape Coast ecosystem!

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Marine Science Internship in South Africa

Join this Scientific Skills Based Marine Internship in Gansbaai South Africa as and assist world class biologists and researchers.

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Clean Energy Internship in South Africa

Join the clean and renewable energy internship in South Africa and make an impact environmentally or economically, depending on your field!

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Sustainable Farming, Food Security & Animal Husbandry Project, Belize

Join this organic farming and food security initiative, aimed at providing a sustainable source of healthy foods for young mothers and inner city youth in Belize.

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Environmental Conservation and Organic Agriculture in Ecuador

Volunteer in the Amazon or the coast of Ecuador on this environmental conservation project and gain an incredible insight into the bio-diversity of this region.

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Environmental and Community Gap Year Program Adventure in Costa Rica

Join our 10 or 7-week environment conservation and community development gap year adventure program, and explore Costa Rica in an exciting and meaningful way!

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Environmental and Community Gap Year Program Adventure in South Africa

Join our 10 or 7-week environment conservation and community development gap year program, and explore South Africa in an exciting and meaningful way!

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Marine Science Education Internship in the Cayman Islands

Join this fantastic Marine Science Education Internship in Little Cayman and experience life on a tropical island whilst contributing to meaningful conservation work!

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Marine Science Research Internship in the Cayman Islands

Join this amazing Marine Science Research Internship in Little Cayman and get some real insight into marine conservation in the Caribbeans!

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Maasai Mara Big Cat & Elephant Volunteering in Kenya

Experience the wildlife show of a lifetime whilst contributing to key research and conservation efforts in the Maasai Mara

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Lion, Elephant & Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and participate in wildlife protection and conservation efforts at a leading game park, working up close with Africa's most incredible animals.

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Study & Intern in Ecuador: Environmental Science & Conservation Track

Combine study abroad and intern this fall or spring in Ecuador

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Wildlife Science & Conservation Internship in Belize

Join this amazing Wildlife Science and Conservation Internship in Belize and get some real insight into conservation in the Caribbeans!

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Ecuador Semester Abroad: Environmental Science & Conservation

Combine study abroad and intern this fall or spring in Ecuador

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Sustainability Internship in South Africa

Join the sustainability internship in South Africa and make an impact environmentally, economically or culturally depending on your field!

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Environmental Protection Internship in Uganda

Participate in the Environmental Protection Internship in Uganda and learn how renewable energy can be used in a country like Uganda

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Rhino & Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and take part in important conservation and anti-poaching work, helping to protect vulnerable animals and preserve their habitats.

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Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Brazil

Learn and experience wildlife conservation volunteering in Brazil

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Multimedia Internship in Peru

Multimedia internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help while supporting biodiversity conservation

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Environmental Conservation Internship in Peru

Environmental conservation internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help with scientific research

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Veterinary Internship in Ecuador

Join us as on this veterinary internship in Ecuador and contribute to improving the welfare of wildlife while developing your CV/Resume

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Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteering in Victoria Falls

Spend time on Wildlife Research and Conservation volunteering in Zimbabwe and gain an incredible insight into research and conservation efforts taking place in the area.

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Fair Trade Internship in Ecuador

Join our Fair Trade Internship in Ecuador and work with a local sustainable environmental project that helps alleviate poverty locally.

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Big 5 Volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer and have an amazing time working on this game reserve in Port Elizabeth. Work with South Africa's big 5: lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, rhino and leopard.

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Veterinarian Volunteering in South Africa

Join our veterinarian volunteering at one of South Africa’s premier game reserves developing your knowledge of diagnosing, treating and preserving wildlife in their natural habitats.

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Marine Research & Conservation with PADI Diving Course

Volunteer in Mozambique with hands-on whale shark research, coral reef monitoring, humpbacked whale monitoring and turtle nest surveys.

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Volunteering for Teenagers in Costa Rica

Spend your holidays doing something different and help others through volunteering overseas. Work on 1 of 4 projects in Costa Rica that accept teenagers from 15 years old.

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Wildlife Rescue & Release Volunteer Project in Ecuador

In partnership with a local indigenous family that lives in the Amazon rainforest, this centre rehabilitates wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteer on this Sea Turtle conservation project and protect female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings on beaches along the coasts of Costa Rica.

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Environmental Conservation Volunteer Program: Peruvian Rainforest

Be part of a leading research programme and help with sustainable community and environmental conservation initiatives in the Peruvian rainforest.

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Wildlife Orphanage & Rescue Volunteer Project in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and get first hand experience of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in one of Africa’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries located in Bulawayo.

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Wildlife Rescue Centre Volunteer Project in Indonesia

Volunteer and help care for orangutans, sun bears, monkeys, crocodiles, and a wide range of birds at this wildlife rescue centre.

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Elephant & Community Water Access Volunteering in Namibia

Use your passion for elephants and observe them in their natural habitat and work on a project that is providing solutions to the elephant-human conflict.

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Environmental Conservation in New Zealand (North Island)

Volunteer on a project that preserves and restoring New Zealand’s natural beauty through habitat monitoring, heritage restoration, planting and more

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Sustainable Economic & Community Development in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador on an economic and community development initiative to help families preserve their values, culture and environment and create sustainable livelihoods.

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Agro Forestry & Environmental Conservation in the Mindo Cloud Forest

If you are interested in environmental science and conservation efforts then volunteer on this project located in the stunning Cloud Forest in Ecuador.

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Island Marine Conservation with Diving Certification in Thailand

This marine conservation project is perfect for divers or those wishing to learn to dive and contribute to sustainable development for the sea and local communities.

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Animal Rescue Volunteer Project in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica in a busy animal rescue centre, helping animals that have been neglected, lost their natural habitats or injured and are undergoing rehabilitation.

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Pre-vet Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Placement in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe and get first-hand experience of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in an African wildlife sanctuary.

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Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Volunteer with us on a turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka and help a local team protect five endangered species of turtle.

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Pre-Veterinary Internship in South Africa

Develop your interests and studies in veterinary science or animal welfare on this pre-veterinary internship led by an experienced and qualified botanist in South Africa.

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Photography & Conservation Volunteer Project In South Africa

Join this incredible wildlife photography course to develop skills for taking great shots whilst participating in essential conservation education and activities in the Greater Kruger Area.

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Urban Greening & Horticulture Internship in South Africa

Participate in promoting environmental awareness within African Communities, combat Climate Change and develop your own knowledge and skills.

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Environmental Conservation in New Zealand (South Island)

Volunteer in New Zealand and participate in vital environmental conservation work preserving and restoring South Island's unique, natural beauty and the habitat of its vulnerable seabird

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Rhino, Elephant and Big Cat Research & Conservation Volunteer Project in South Africa

Volunteer in South Africa on a research and conservation project in the greater Kruger area home to the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and more

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Building or Sports Volunteering in Eswatini Kruger Safari

Combine travel and volunteering in South Africa with our bespoke Kruger to Swaziland Building and Volunteer Adventure.

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Conservation & Ecology Volunteering in the Eswatini Savannah

If you are a student or are fascinated by wildlife and habitats, why not join us on this conservation and ecology placement in the Swaziland savannah.

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Dolphin & Marine Conservation Volunteering in Zanzibar

Volunteer on a Dolphin and Marine Conservation project on the island of Zanzibar and help preserve the habitats by monitoring tourist and wildlife interaction.

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African Marine & Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 5 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Easy 4-step application process

APPLY ONLINE

Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

CONFIRMATION

Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.

GET PREPARED

When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.