ANIMAL WILDLIFE

Volunteer as an animal wildlife volunteer and have the experience of a lifetime supporting local teams with animal wildlife and habitat work that has global importance at a wildlife sanctuary, game reserve or animal rescue centre.

Volunteer working with chimps on animal wildlife volunteer project

ANIMAL WILDLIFE

Volunteer as an animal wildlife volunteer and have the experience of a lifetime supporting local teams with animal wildlife and habitat work that has global importance at a wildlife sanctuary, game reserve or animal rescue centre.

Elephant Kiss Elephant Welfare Eastern Mahout Communities Thailand

ANIMAL WILDLIFE

Volunteer as an animal wildlife volunteer and have the experience of a lifetime supporting local teams with animal wildlife and habitat work that has global importance at a wildlife sanctuary, game reserve or animal rescue centre.

Lion wading in water Victoria Falls Lion Rehabilitation project in Zimbabwe

Animal Wildlife Volunteer

Kaya works with a range of projects that focus on wildlife protection, rehabilitation and rescue.  From big cats in Africa, to elephants in Thailand and parrots in Ecuador there are so many wonderful species that are supported by our projects.  You will monitor animal behaviours, clean enclosures, prepare food and items for animal enrichment, collect data from camera traps and more.  You really will gain an incredible insight into the lives of some amazing creatures.  On some of our projects you will even get to go on game counts, an amazing way to capture wildlife data while seeing animals in their natural habitats.  Read our blog to learn more.

There’s no escaping the fact that humans and animals often find it difficult to coexist, and often wildlife loses its habitat and freedom as a result of man’s actions.  The projects aim to return animals to their natural habitats, monitor their behaviours for scientific projects that help to protect species, or offer protection from poaching or problems caused by human factors.  Many projects run a hands off policy, so that animals do not become domesticated and are able to return to their natural habitats.  The best interests of the animals are always at the heart of our projects.

Projects that focus on animal rescue include a rehabilitation sanctuary in Zimbabwe, a project in the Ecuador rainforest and a rescue centre in Indonesia.   Other wildlife projects where you can contribute to protecting habitats and observe animals include working with the Big 5 in South Africa, Lion Rehabilitation in Zambia and at an Elephant Welfare project in Thailand.  

For those of you hoping to further your studies or career we have a range of veterinary and wildlife internships including a veterinary internship at a zoo in Bolivia, a pre-veterinary placement in South Africa and for those of you with longer to spare how about a 6 month habitat and wildlife conservation internship in Costa Rica.

Our animal wildlife placements are open to all volunteers, and we even have some suitable for our under 18 volunteers.  If you are willing to get stuck in, can follow instructions and like working as part of a team a wildlife placement could be for you.  It goes without saying that you mustn’t mind getting dirty, should love animals and also the great outdoors!  

Join us on one of our animal wildlife projects and you can help provide animals with better futures, and maybe even improve your own by joining one of our wildlife internship placements.

Gap Year: Wildlife Volunteering in Africa

Have a fantastic adventure during your Gap Year: and participate in Wildlife Volunteering in Africa placements, observing and helping lions, chimpanzees and dolphins in their habitats

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Gap Year: Round the World On a Budget

Build interesting volunteering experiences to your itinerary, and meet like-minded new friends and get to know a country before venturing off on your travels

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Gap Year: Environmental Conservation in Latin America

Use your gap year to explore some of the world’s most unchartered rain-forests and coastlines in Latin America on our environmental conservation project.

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Gap Year: Community Volunteering in Asia

Grab the opportunity during your gap year travels and spend some of your time volunteering on a range of fascinating community projects in India, Thailand and the Philippines.

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African Marine and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 9 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Gibbon Conservation and Rescue Sanctuary Volunteering in Thailand

Get involved with tourism development in a rural community of Thailand and help build the future of the local community!

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Veterinary Internship on South Africa Wild Coast

Veterinary internship in South Africa Wild Coast catering to 2nd and 3rd-year students

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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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Elephant Research and Conservation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Spend time on elephant research and conservation volunteering in Zimbabwe and gain an incredible insight into efforts to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and learn about research

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Volunteer with the Big 5 in Port Elizabeth

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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Volunteering for 16 and 17 year olds 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 16 and 17 year olds.

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Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Rescue 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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Veterinary Internship In Bolivia

Come to La Paz and compliment your studies or work experience by participating in this exciting veterinary internship in Bolivia.

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Elephant Welfare Project in Eastern Mahout Communities

Based in Thailand’s Eastern province of Surin, this project works with the communities that have lived and worked with elephants for hundreds of years.

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Wildlife Orphanage and Rescue Sanctuary 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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Lion Breeding & Rehabilitation Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Volunteer in Zimbabwe on a world first lion breeding and rehabilitation project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists in the field.

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Wildlife Rescue Centre Volunteering 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 Project 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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Gap Year: Wildlife Volunteering in Africa

Have a fantastic adventure during your Gap Year: and participate in Wildlife Volunteering in Africa placements, observing and helping lions, chimpanzees and dolphins in their habitats

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Family Volunteering: Elephant Welfare Project in Chiang Mai

As volunteers in Chiang Mai, your family will gain a true insight into local Thai life, living in local eco-accommodation and working with elephants and their mahouts.

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Victoria Falls Lion Rehabilitation Volunteering

Volunteer in Zimbabwe on a world first lion breeding and rehabilitation project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists in the field.

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Animal Rescue 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 and Rehabilitation Placement

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

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Family Volunteering: Volunteer in a Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary in Zimbabwe

Protect indigenous African wildlife and have up close encounters with animals such as lions and leopards to monkeys, antelope and birds in a responsible way.

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Work with Rescued Elephants, Reforestation and Rural Communities in Thailand

Volunteer in northern Thailand on an elephant rescue and reforestation project based in a rural community just outside Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai.

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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 and Conservation Project In Kruger, 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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Family Volunteering: Wildlife Research in a Game Reserve in South Africa

Volunteer as a family on a research and conservation project in the famous Kruger area home to the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and many more.

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Rhino, Elephant and Big Cat Research and Conservation in Kruger

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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Swaziland Volunteer Building or Sports With Kruger Safari

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

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Conservation and Ecology Internship in the Swaziland Savannah

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

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African Lion Rehabilitation & Release in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia and contribute to the welfare and rehabilitation of lions as part of programme in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; aimed at their long term survival.

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African Marine and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 9 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Masai Mara Lion, Wildlife Research and Conservation Project in Kenya

Work directly with the Masai Mara community to develop solutions to reduce conflict between local human and wildlife inhabitants.

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Easy 3-step application process

APPLY ONLINE

Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure 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 be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

GET PREPARED

When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.

HAVE A QUESTION?

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