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Wildlife and Animal Care

Affordable Wildlife & Animal Volunteer Abroad Projects

Do you want experience volunteering with animals, or are you seeking wildlife volunteer opportunities to support animal conservation efforts?

International Volunteer HQ’s affordable Animal Care and Wildlife Conservation volunteer abroad projects offer the perfect volunteer experience for animal lovers or anyone wanting to play a hands-on role in helping to protect wild species in order to prevent extinction. Project work varies depending on the local initiative which is committed to supporting either the protection of endangered species, preserving our natural environment or helping to improve the quality of life for rescued animals.

Top projects for animal volunteer opportunities abroad:

IVHQ’s 5 top types of volunteer projects to experience animal volunteering abroad:

Do you have a passion for conservation efforts and want to play a part in animal conservation in Africa, Asia, or Europe? Our volunteer projects such as Wolf Conservation in Portugal or Wild Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka are popular opportunities for animal volunteering. You’ll have the unique chance to support the protection of natural habitats, learn about wildlife conservation techniques and study and monitor animal behavior.

Alternatively, you can join one of our animal volunteer work projects in South America or Central America. Here you’ll be volunteering in animal shelters and dog rescue centers, providing support in feeding, caring for, and playing with domestic animals. If you’re looking for marine life conservation or diving volunteer opportunities, you can explore our marine conservation volunteer opportunities.

IVHQ has more than 13 years experience working with responsible and trusted wildlife conservation organizations, animal sanctuaries and animal shelters around the world. This means volunteer abroad with confidence - knowing that your volunteer work with animals and other like-minded travelers will be rewarding and life changing.

If you’re interested in conservation internships working with animals, explore the extensive range of international and remote internships with Intern Abroad HQ.

Program Highlight: Wildlife Conservation in Victoria Falls

You don’t need to have prior experience in conservation or animal rescue in order to make a difference on IVHQ’s animal volunteer programs. These locally-driven programs are set up to build on the collective impact of IVHQ volunteers, allowing people from all over the world to deliver greater positive change. With IVHQ, you have the flexibility to volunteer abroad with animals for 1 week or 24 weeks, at any time of the year.

Full Range of Wildlife and Animal Care Volunteer Projects

You can discover more about volunteering with animals overseas and the types of volunteer work available in the destinations below.

Volunteer Project Review by Alexis Khoshaba
I volunteered on the Animal Care project in Guatemala and it was definitely suitable to what I wanted to do. My experience there was amazing and I wouldn't have changed it one bit. Each day that I spent at the shelter, I felt as though I was helping and making a difference and that everything I was doing was being greatly appreciated. Being able to experience how another country lives, especially a country like Guatemala was an eye opening experience for sure. Realizing that these people live with so little, yet are so thankful and happy with what they have was so humbling and life changing. Thank you IVHQ for giving me the opportunity to experience one of the best trips of my life.
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20
Destination: Guatemala

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!