Not only does this volunteer opportunity involve caring for and working with horses, but what is more you will be volunteering in beautiful forest land, helping in the local community and giving disadvantaged people more opportunities – with the horses as your companions and modes of transport at most times!
13 day orientation in total plus 12months job support. This is a bonus programme with rural horse work as well as an 8 day welcome package and job set up in Sydney worth £995!
This is a unique equine experience found nowhere else. A once in a lifetime opportunity for those passionate about horses. Receive a high level of teaching from our very qualified team, who will ‘Australianize’ your existing horse skills and set you up with a professional, paid job in the Australian equine industry.
Supporting an award-winning conservation charity in Sri Lanka, you will be working remotely from home to help it continue its vital conservation efforts through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Travel virtually to the remote wilderness where elephants roam, help with wildlife conservation and community projects, and develop your skills with ultimate flexibility.
Help clean up our oceans and learn to dive – or improve your current skills – on a beautiful beach in Barcelona. Spend your days foraging for plastic waste and old fishing nets, analyse your ‘catch’, and then wave goodbye as it makes it’s way off for recycling. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore this epic city of course, and you won’t be disappointed!
Take care of abandoned cats who are waiting to be re-homed or enjoying living out their days in comfort. As well as the usual tasks such as cleaning, feeding and walking, you’ll also get a chance to help with plenty of ‘playtime’ and cuddles. Explore the fascinating city of Barcelona in your free time – from visiting the beach to checking out the sights, there is almost too much to keep you busy!
Join an expert team on a ‘Big 5’ reserve, situated on the edge of the beautifully wild Kruger National Park. With over 400 baboons in various stages of rehabilitation, you’ll get to learn so much about these amazing primates during your time at this bespoke centre.
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.
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!
Live 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.
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 700 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.
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 rescued 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.
Coach football, netball, hockey, cricket, rugby, tennis, basketball or swimming in one of the world’s greatest sporting nations, bringing your love for sports into some of Africa’s poorest townships. Coach just one or a combination of these sports to improve not only the children’s sporting abilities and teamwork, but your own as well. If that’s not enough for you, you can even get involved with childcare and teaching projects.
Work closely with wolves in a beautiful sanctuary in one of Portugal’s Nature Parks. These shy creatures are no longer able to live in the wild after having been kept in zoos, traded illegally or hunted by humans. Help to provide care and a life as close to the wild as possible to the largest members of the much-loved dog family.
Take the first steps to becoming a game ranger on this amazing 8 week course, working towards the highly regarded FGASA Apprentice Field Guide 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.
Volunteer with over 200 exotic Amazonian animals in a beautiful rainforest 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.
A shocking 33% of food that is produced worldwide each year goes to waste. This project aims to tackle food waste in its own small way by collecting unused food from supermarkets and restaurants – and redistributing it to some of the poorest people within Lisbon.
Head to LIONSROCK, South Africa’s largest big cat sanctuary, to volunteer with lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards and other magnificent animals. Wake to the roar of the lions each morning, and immerse yourself in the daily life nurturing these animals, from monitoring to feeding, from enrichments to education. Witness the amazing sight of these big cats forming prides, and living a life as close to the wilderness as possible.
Become a research diver on an exciting 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.
Step off the trodden tourist trail and into the heart of 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 the endangered Asian elephant, all whilst enjoying seeing these creatures roam in their natural habitat – a rare wonder.
Explore one of the most beautiful and untouched destinations on earth – New Zealand! Help local conservationists with their efforts to preserve some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. Chose from two gateway cities on the North Island and one on the South Island.
Actively help in the fight against plastics and rubbish clogging up our marine environment. On this project you will be doing daily dives to remove fishing gear, debris and plastics from the ocean around Lisbon. It is an amazing opportunity to make a difference and clean up our world.
Head into the heart of Borneo’s rainforest, helping to regenerate habitats and monitor local wildlife. From orangutans to pygmy elephants and from primates to crocodiles, you will be preserving these creatures and their habitat for generations to come. This is a once in a lifetime experience to live in a small remnant of paradise, immersing yourself in a way of life that has all but been forgotten.
Head to vibrant India and volunteer with worthwhile street children charity that is dedicated to providing safe spaces for street children in Delhi. Make a valuable contribution by helping to arrange fun and educational activities for children, encouraging them to develop new skills and friends.
Take part in a highly rated medical internship that gives you varied medical experience working on a mobile medical unit and within a children’s hospital. Work in a variety of medical settings and with a mixture of cases, shadowing doctors and nurses and actively contributing to the care of the patients.
South Africa is home to the amazing Marine Big 5 – sharks, whales, dolphin, penguins and seals – and their existence is under threat. Spend your days out on the water observing marine life, all whilst contributing to innovative shark conservation and eco-tourism measures. Help out at a penguin rescue centre and with beach clean ups to improve the damaged marine world. And if that’s not enough, why not tick something off the bucket list and go cage diving with sharks too?
Experience the rare desert elephants in the wild, helping these endangered animals and rural communities to co-exist in harmony. Enjoy all that desert life brings, from cooking over camp fires to sleeping under the stars, and throw yourself into the volunteer role, which includes tracking elephants, doing building projects and helping the local community.
Qualify as a CSIA Level 1 ski instructor in Whistler Blackcomb and join a world-renowned ski school, teaching children how to ski for the season. You get a job and staff accommodation for the whole season. This is the perfect opportunity to spend every day on some of the best slopes in the world.
Want to tour Japan without breaking the bank? Join our 13 day adventure which starts in Tokyo and heads west towards Hiroshima. This backpacking Japan tour has been carefully created to ensure that your experience is authentic and unique. You’ll stop at all the hot spots along the way and get to experience all that makes this country so iconic.
China – one of the largest countries in the world – is not only huge, but also diverse. Join our 25-day tour and travel an epic 3,392 miles, taking in the very best that China has to offer. Short on time? Opt for our shorter 16-day backpacking tour instead. This affordable and jam-packed tour of China will take you through spectacular countryside and into the busiest cities in the world.
Looking to see the best that India offers? Take part in a backpacking tour that will take you to the iconic highlights, as well as taking you to areas that are less explored. Choose to join either the 18-day tour of the north and west or opt for the shorter 13-day north India tour.
**We regret that from 18 July 2022 we can no longer take new applications for this popular programme for the forthcoming winter season 2022-23 and can only take applicants for 2023-4.
However we are still welcoming applications for Whistler pure Ski Instructor courses for 4, 7 and 11 weeks in 2022-3 leading to CSIA LEVEL 1 and 2 qualifications. All 2023-24 programmes remain open for applications too.**
Experience the buzz of working in the heart of a busy snow school as a member of support staff for Whistler Kids, or as part of the mountain operations team. Depending on your experience, we have a variety of roles available. Choose from being a kitchen assistant, preparing meals for the students and instructors; work as a den master, or as an Outdoor Ranger supervising the outdoor play facilities.
Whether it’s your first time seeing snow or you were born on the slopes, joining our team means discovering (or re-discovering!) a passion for the outdoors while building lifelong connections with teammates and guests from around the world.
Work in one of Whistler Blackcomb’s most prestigious hotels or spas for a whole winter season. The work is tough but the pay is good and the days off are awesome! If you have hotel or hospitality work experience, use your skills to work in Whistler. All of the jobs are in Whistler Village and everything is within walking distance of the ski lifts. On days off, getting up on the mountain is a must!
Gain your CSIA or CASI Level 1 and 2 qualifications as a skier or snowboarder on our professional 11 week course in Whistler Blackcomb – North America’s number 1 ski resort. Avalanche Skills Training (Level 1 and 2) is also included so you get to experience the backcountry as well!
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.
Nepal – home to the tallest mountain and the deepest valley – is a country that everyone needs to visit at least once. Volunteer for women’s empowerment in Pokhara and take part in educational and health care initiatives. Live with a host family and other volunteers and witness first-hand the friendliness of the Nepali people.
Pokhara in Nepal is a dream location for volunteers looking for a city bursting with culture and beauty. Live in Lakeside a popular area in Pokhara and the start point of many world-famous treks. Teach English in Nepal in local school, working with incredible teams and energetic children.
Help to care for sick and injured animals in game reserves, vet clinics, farms and local communities on a mobile veterinary unit. See some amazing sights, help with some incredible animals and get unrivalled work experience on this internship in South Africa.
Bring games, laughter and fun to disadvantaged children in schools or nurseries in some of Port Elizabeth’s poorest townships. Your enthusiasm will encourage the kids to be passionate about their education and their future – these kids are desperate to learn, and your time as a volunteer will help not only with their studies, but their life chances too.
Sunny Sydney is the place to live and work for up to a year (or extend for two or three on the amazing work scheme…) Following a fantastic 7 day orientation programme including local attractions, get support in setting up your admin and find paid work with membership to an exclusive online job database!
Earn money working full-time in a hotel in the resort town of Banff. Expect an entry level position, such as housekeeping. There are certainly worse places to do this job, on a tough day at work, you can look out of the window and see the awesome Rocky Mountains. On your days off, you can be hitting the slopes!
Spend your summer living and working in the popular resort town of Banff in Alberta. You’ll be in the heart of all the action that Banff National Park has to offer. Make the most of your days off with all of the hiking, biking and water sports that are available. How are you going to afford this for a summer season? This is where the guaranteed job comes in!
Experience life as a jackeroo or jillaroo by completing an introductory farm work in Australia course in the vast and beautiful outback. Learn to ride dirt bikes and horses, muster and work with cattle, pick up fencing skills, use chainsaws and operate tractors. Oh, and did we mention you are guaranteed a paid job at the end of the programme?
Head to the beautiful medieval city of Brasov to improve your art on an intensive one-week course. Work in a bright and airy studio, receiving expert tuition from a talented and passionate international artist. Explore the cobbled streets of Brasov’s old town, and venture into the foothills of the Carpathians to create your next masterpiece.
Immerse yourself and your family in traditional Costa Rica, living in a remote village community alongside one of the most stunning stretches of beach that the country has to offer. Join a conservation team working to protect both nesting and hatching turtles off the Pacific Coast, working together to protect this endangered species.
Dates: Early July to mid-December
Suitability: Suggested minimum age of 5
Take your family off the beaten track to a leading baboons rehabilitation centre. It will be a family holiday to remember, hugely educational and rewarding as you all get involved with nurturing these orphaned youngsters for a life in the wild.
Dates: Throughout the year
Duration: 2 – 4 weeks
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 12+
*Please note that this project is temporarily unavailable from December 2022. Get in touch with us directly for alternative festive travel ideas!*
You and your family have the rare opportunity to assist with the care of over 100 bears in Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary. This makes for an amazing family holiday, as not only will you be volunteering closely with the bears in this stunning haven, but you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful country and its fascinating history in your free time.
Dates: Throughout the year except Christmas / New Year
Suitability: Children must be 10+ at the point of departure
Take an unforgettable holiday with your family, getting far off the beaten track and away from the norm. As a family, you will volunteer in Thailand to care for rescued Thai elephants – not something that many families do on their summer holidays! Together you can help these rescued elephants to enjoy a life of freedom that they have not known before.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Children must be 14+ at the point of departure
Contribute to a life-changing mission to restore hundreds of abused animals to health. You and your family will be caring for sun bears, monkeys, macaques, orangutans, deer, otter, birds and more at this growing wildlife sanctuary. An elephant sanctuary is just next door, so you can enjoy seeing these gentle giants too.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Children must be 12+ at the point of departure
Fancy taking a safari but with the chance to make a difference at the same time? This family volunteer holiday is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to experience the Big 5 in their natural environment, whilst also working together as a team to preserve it. This is a working holiday of a lifetime, offering amazing wildlife, gently educational experiences and the chance to make a difference.
Dates: Set departures throughout the year in February, April, July, August and October
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 10+
Come together with other intrepid families on this volunteer holiday in the verdant rain forest. Become part of the community, working alongside locals to help protect their natural environment and creatures within it. Witness orangutans and other amazing wildlife in their natural habitat– a sight you will never forget!
Dates: Monthly departures
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 8+
Live a nomadic lifestyle in the Namibian desert, helping with community work and conservation as you go. Camp under a blanket of starts, cook over a camp fire, see the rare desert elephants roaming in their natural habitat and help a remote community. Guaranteed to be a family holiday like no other.
Dates: Bespoke, set departure dates in July and August
Suitability: Children must be 8+ at the point of departure
Experience the thrill of seeing elephants living in the wild, and work together to help protect these majestic creatures. Not only will you be gaining a full cultural immersion, but you will be making a genuine contribution to the survival of elephants living in their natural habitat – a fantastic recipe for a family holiday in Sri Lanka.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 10+