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International Volunteering Opportunities

Care for the Wild does not have any international volunteering opportunities. We would encourage anyone looking for volunteering opportunities in the field to consider our project partners.

Our project partners work with a variety of species all around the world. Many of our partners offer volunteering opportunities where you can experience hands on working with wildlife. We have listed the information below with links to our partner’s websites where you can find out more. Please contact the project directly for details of current opportunities – we are unable to filter any enquiries directly.

We would recommend that anyone wishing to volunteer at these or any other projects should do their own research into each project and charity and these links do not suggest any formal affiliation or responsibility for these volunteering opportunities.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Kenya

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy – a 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino , leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee at the Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary – home to Care for the Wild’s adopted chimps, Tess and Naika. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy has recently implemented a Volunteer Policy and receives many requests from volunteers wishing to spend some of their time on the Conservancy helping in any way they can in support of its conservation and community development aims.

Click here to find out more about volunteering with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

You can learn about Care for the Wild’s work with the The Ol Pejeta Conservancy by clicking here.

Orangutan Foundation – Indonesia

OF_new_logoThe Orangutan Foundation’s Volunteer Programme was established in 2000 in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). The programme is like no other and promises some exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals; not only do volunteers participate in conservation fieldwork that really makes a difference, they also get a chance to see ex-captive (and maybe wild) orangutans in their natural habitat. The 2012 Volunteer Programme works in the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve in Indonesian Borneo. Working as part of a team of up to 12 volunteers, this 6-week programme gives unrivalled experience of essential conservation work in one of the most bio diverse countries in the world. The programme promises exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals to participate in conservation fieldwork that really makes a difference. Care for the Wild supports the Orangutan Foundation through our orangutan adoption and one off appeals for project funding.

Click here to find out more about volunteering with the Orangutan Foundation.

You can learn about Care for the Wild’s work with the The Orangutan Foundation by clicking here.

Arcturos Bear Sanctuary – Greece

Care for the Wild supports the ARCTUROS Environmental Centre and Bear Sanctuary in Greece, which has headquarters in Thessaloniki city. The sanctuary, located near Nymphaio, offers a safe haven to bears confiscated from the ‘dancing bear’ trade. Dancing bears are routinely subjected to extremely cruel training practices.  Their teeth are frequently smashed to prevent them biting their owners and rings are inserted through their nose and mouth so that they can be controlled by the tug of a chain. Staff at the centre provide the rescued bears with expert veterinary treatment and a great deal of loving care to nurse them back to health. The sanctuary currently houses 13 bears in large woodland enclosures and is also home to Ben and Mitsos on the Care for the Wild brown bear adoption scheme.

Every action of ARCTUROS is carried out with the help and support of many volunteers who work together for the protection and management of wildlife and natural environment. Every year dozens of volunteers contribute significantly to wildlife and environmental conservation. You can choose a specific region and domain of volunteering activity.

Click here to find out more more about volunteering with ARCTUROS.

You can learn about Care for the Wild’s work with ARCTUROS by clicking here.

Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand

The Animal Rescue Centre is located behind Kao Look Chang Temple in the Petchaburi province of Thailand, approximately 160 kilometres south of Bangkok. This sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals previously exploited as pets or used for profit within the tourist industry. The centre tries to provide all of these animals with enclosures and living conditions as close to “natural” as possible. The overall objective will always be to rehabilitate these animals back into the wild. The centre would not be able to run without the hard work of the volunteers. Care for the Wild supports a number of projects at the Wildlife Friends of Thailand Rescue centre including tiger care, and gibbon rescue and rehabilitation. We have two adoption schemes running at WFFT, Meow the tiger and Cosmo and Bridget, the gibbons.

If you are interested in a volunteer position with the Wildlife Friends of Thailand, please e-mail  or click here to find out more about volunteering with WFFT.

You can learn about Care for the Wild’s work with the WFFT by clicking here.

Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit – Scotland

Formed in 1997, the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU) is a small, non-profit research organisation based in North-East Scotland. Located in the beautiful heritage fishing village of Gardenstown near Banff, on the southern coastline of the outer Moray Firth, the group is dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Scottish waters through scientific investigation, environmental education, and the provision of professional, veterinary assistance to sick, stranded and injured individuals. Care for the Wild supports the research carried out by the unit through our adoption programme to support Stardance, the Bottlenose Dolphin who is a member of the group who live within the Moray Firth.

Each year CRRU offer a number of unique training opportunities for a seasonal corps of volunteers to join them at the CRRU as contributing members of the research and rescue team. If you are interested, then email  or click here to find out more about volunteering at CRRU.

You can learn about Care for the Wild’s work with CRRU by clicking here.