Animal Welfare

Animal conservation volunteering allows you to help an incredibly worthwhile cause. Volunteer abroad with animals to help promote the quality of life of many endangered or mistreated creatures. Oyster works closely with leading and influential animal welfare projects and NGOs, promoting conservation and charity work abroad. Get rewarding experience as a conservation volunteer with jobs working with animals from bears to lions, elephants to orangutans, or turtles to monkeys.

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Thailand - Elephant sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Elephant sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Join an international team of volunteers who are working together to care for rescued elephants in an inspirational sanctuary. Together you will be helping these elephants to have a life as close to the wild as possible, a far cry from their previous lives working on the streets or in tourist camps. Highlights include bathing and walking the elephants, allowing you to really get to know these gentle giants.

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Costa Rica - Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Get off the beaten track to live on a beautiful Costa Rican beach, protecting the turtles that nest and hatch on the golden sands. Become part of the local rhythm, immersing yourself in community life and beach life alike as you make a genuine contribution to marine conservation. Pura vida!

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Romania - Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer at Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary, helping to care for the world’s most beloved animal. Watch the bears enjoying their newfound freedom as you look after their basic needs in this beautiful woodland haven. Romania is described by many of our volunteers as “Europe’s hidden gem”, and with its vast number of outdoor, historical, cultural and city pursuits, you won’t want to leave!

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South Africa - Veterinary experience in South Africa

Veterinary experience in South Africa

Gain unparalleled access to wildlife experts on a Big 5 game reserve, home to some of the most magnificent mammals on this planet. Shadow a vet on their rounds of the on-site rehabilitation centre and get stuck in to the veterinarian’s role on the wider game reserve – from darting animals to doing game captures, from health checks to autopsies.

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Thailand - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Bears, birds, orangutans, monkeys, gibbons, deer, otters – and much more! – are being cared for by volunteers like you at this inspiring sanctuary on the outskirts of Thailand’s largest national park. Help to look after over 400 neglected animals, rescued from the cruel tourist trade, and brought to this sanctuary to recover. If that isn’t enough of a draw, there is even an on-site elephant sanctuary that you may be able to help at too.

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South Africa - Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Live life on the wild side and get stuck in to the life of an assistant game ranger on a stunning game reserve, home to Africa’s Big 5. Enjoy the thrills of taking a safari, all whilst helping to promote the survival of African flora and fauna. Experience the lions roaring, elephants trumpeting and antelope running as you work out and about on the reserve each day.

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Thailand - Diving and marine conservation in Thailand

Diving and marine conservation in Thailand

Become a research diver on an important volunteer marine conservation project in Thailand. Get involved in daily dives to explore the health of the marine environment just off the stunning island of Koh Phangan. Suitable for new and experienced divers alike, this project allows participants to play in active role in tackling marine decline, all whilst enjoying the wonders of life under the sea.

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Malaysia - Orangutan conservation in Malaysia and Borneo

Orangutan conservation in Malaysia and Borneo

Work with orangutans in two stunning settings, assisting with orangutan welfare and habitat restoration. Actively be part of the orangutan care programme in a primate centre in mainland Malaysia, before heading out into Borneo’s rain forest to help protect and monitor these graceful creatures in the wild. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to volunteer with orangutans in one of the most stunning settings on the planet – don’t miss it!

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South Africa - Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Become part of an elephant research team, monitoring these gentle giants in their daily lives together. The project is located in a beautiful park, where you will be working closely with orphaned elephants as they recover from previous trauma and stress. In your free time, explore the stunning Garden Route and immerse yourself fully in this wonderful corner of Africa.

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South Africa - Volunteer with sharks in South Africa

Volunteer with sharks in South Africa

Spend your days out on the water, observing sharks, dolphins, penguins, seals and even whales, all whilst contributing to innovative shark conservation and eco-tourism measures. Get to know this often misunderstood creature, and help to change general perception. And if that’s not enough, why not tick something off the bucket list and go cage diving with sharks too?

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Sri Lanka - Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

Step far off the trodden tourist trails and deep into stunning Sri Lanka, where elephants are still clinging on to life in the wild. Work closely with the local community to help promote the survival of these endangered elephants, all whilst enjoying seeing these creatures roam in their natural habitat – a rare wonder.

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Ecuador - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Volunteer with over 200 exotic Amazonian animals in a beautiful rain forest sanctuary. From monkeys to forest cats, from caimans to birds, from tortoises to rodents, this wildlife haven is home to amazing animals aplenty. Contribute to their rehabilitation and care during the week, and explore this stunning corner of Ecuador on your weekends.

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South Africa - Game Ranger course in South Africa

Game Ranger course in South Africa

Take the first steps to becoming a game ranger on this amazing 8 week course, working towards the highly regarded FGASA level 1 qualification. Live the life of a trainee game ranger on a lush game reserve, learning all about and participating in animal care, reserve management, game drives and more. If that’s not enough, your classroom is a Big 5 game reserve, with amazing animals at every turn.

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Malaysia - Zoo assistant internship in Malaysia

Zoo assistant internship in Malaysia

Calling all animal lovers! Volunteer in one of Malaysia’s leading zoos, working closely with the staff to nurture the graceful creatures in your care. Bring your creativity and ideas to the fore to improve living conditions and welfare for the many animals that call this place home, including orangutans, sun bears, elephants, tigers and much more. This internship is a fantastic opportunity for animal lovers and those studying to work with animals longer term.

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Volunteering with Animals overseas

Volunteer work abroad with animals gives you the rewarding opportunity to help bring recognition to many endangered or mistreated animals. Depending on how much time you can commit to, we offer both short and long term life-changing programmes. We don’t just offer volunteer opportunities, you can also improve your work experience with veterinary internships, game ranger courses and qualifications.

Our animal welfare volunteer opportunities welcome a wide range of people; from general animal lovers, to those taking career breaks, from people looking to gain more experience in animal care to those just wanting to try their hand at wildlife rescue and responsible travel. You can spend time volunteering with animals in some incredible locations, including but not limited to volunteer roles in a game reserve or wildlife sanctuary. If you wish to take part in a volunteer project, we ask for a hard work ethic, enthusiasm and a willingness to muck in.

All of our programmes offer great work experience for those thinking of a career that involves working with animals, as you may be working in fields such as scientific research, rural conservation, general animal care and photography. These projects will enhance your CV for future job prospects and university applications by demonstrating your confidence in living abroad and contributing to a worthwhile cause. If you are passionate about animals volunteer projects, look no further than Oyster Worldwide.