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Last minute volunteering holidays

Deciding to go on a last minute volunteering holiday is really taking Ďcarpe diemí literally. You need to take care when choosing a volunteering holiday to ensure that it is ethical and responsible, however, which is why we pick ours very carefully. Whether it is conservation or community work, our responsible volunteering suppliers are highly expert and committed to creating genuine change. Even at the last minute.

India sports coaching volunteering
Coach a variety of sports to children in India, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
Assist caring for over 150 animals native to Belize, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
Care for rescued bears in tropical Cambodia, from £595 (7 days) ex flights

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Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania, from £895 (7 days) ex flights
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Jungle conservation and research project in the Amazon, from £1475 (16 days) ex flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Encounter orangutans and elephants in the Bornean jungle, from £1095 (12 days) ex flights
Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka
Encounter the majestic Asian Elephant in stunning Sri Lanka, from £895 - £1324 (14 days) ex flights
Mozambique marine conservation project
Help in integral marine conservation in stunning Mozambique, from £1645 - £7695 (14 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with bears in Romania
Romania Bear Sanctuary Volunteering Unique Family Holiday, from £795 (7 days) ex flights
Primate rescue volunteer holiday in South Africa
Providing rescued primates with a better quality of life, from £475 (7 days) ex flights
Mountain gorilla project in Uganda
Work towards conservation of the majestic gorilla in Uganda, from £2995 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Assist with conservation research in a Big 5 area, from £995 (14 days) ex flights
Conservation volunteering in Belize
Join an award winning research team in Belize, from £875 (7 days) ex flights
Namibia carnivore conservation & research project
Assist the team as a Big Cat Conservation Volunteer, from £845 - £1745 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with children, Cambodia
Volunteer with children in the riverside town of Kampot, from £875 (4 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer with deaf children in South Africa
Help children with hearing difficulties, from £1095 (14 days) ex flights
Raja Ampat diving project, Indonesia
Dive and conserve the stunning coral reefs of Raja Ampat, from £995 - £3350 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa game ranger course
Get your game ranger qualification working with wildlife, from £2779 (8 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
Protect nesting turtles on Costa Rica's beautiful beaches, from £735 (7 days) ex flights
Botswana wildlife volunteering holiday
Help conserve the incredible wildlife of the Kalahari Bush, from £920 - £1629 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in India
Enjoy this 13 day tour of India's top attractions, from £1995 (13 days) ex flights
Predator conservation in South Africa
Help conserve Cheetahs and other predators, from £1295 (14 days) ex flights
Orangutan conservation at Sepilok, Borneo
Care & conservation of Orangutans at Sepilok, Malaysia, from £2995 (8 weeks) ex flights
Game Reserve conservation in South Africa
Exciting and rewarding conservation work at game parks, from £1595 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Volunteer with orphaned animals, from £945 (14 days) ex flights
The great white shark conservation project in South Africa
Encounter the iconic Great White Shark in South Africa, from £495 - £3695 (7 days) ex flights
Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Diving and marine conservation on a beautiful Thai island, from £1096 (14 days) ex flights

79 reviews for Volunteering last minute holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Volunteering last minute holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From £795 excluding flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
If you love animals you'll love this volunteer work. You can't help but fall in love with them. Be ready for how difficult it is to leave them. To know these lost little ones will be able to get back out into the wild again is the best. (more)Laura Lockhard
The best 4weeks of my life, cant wait to book my next! (more)emma pound
It was certainly one of the best holidays I have been on and I hope to return next year. (more)Diana McKinley
From £795 excluding flights
Borneo wildlife volunteer project
Memorable parts? There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the holiday was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme. Tips? To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful Local benefits? It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance... (more)Tessa Milne-Day
From £1095 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with... (more)Louise Bednarz
Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out! (more)Heather Reynolds
We were so close to the bears and keepers that you feel part of the project rather than just a short stay helper. I think we were really lucky... to have the baby bear (Lola) arrive when we were there too. (more)Anon
From £595 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Awesome I want to go back. (more)Melinda millermon
Absolutely amazing - so good I will definitely return in 2 - 3 years time (more)Angela Ransome
Absolutely amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I have actually recommended it to everybody who'll listen. (more)Shannon Clarke
From £895 excluding flights
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Memorable parts? Getting to spend time walking through the jungle and seeing so many great animals and birds. The best moments were the tree frogs, manu poison frog and the rainbow boa! I really enjoyed the construction of the bird hides and biogarden even though sometimes it was really hard work! Pancakes for breakfast were great! Tips? There was a lot of walking and physical activity so itís really important to expect to do lots when you get there and probably need reasonable fitness! Local... (more)Melanie Veal
From £1475 excluding flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Memorable parts? Arrival at Koh Tao and finding the lovely coral sand beach behind the dive school at Chalok Ban Bay. Then, exploring the fascinating underwater environment. Tips? Go prepared to learn, there's loads of really interesting marine ecology information to learn as part of the Environment Management Programme. There are interesting and knowledgeable people there, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Enjoy the diving, safe in the knowledge that you are diving... (more)Stephen Orwin
From £695 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering holiday
5 I couldn't of had a better time. I truly had the time of my life, I felt at home, happy and really didn't want to go home. It seems crazy now to think its all over but this whole experience couldn't have been much better. Best decision of my life. (more)Kirstin Runcie
A fabulous experience and I would be keen to return. (more)Mark Milligan
The best part was meeting the elephants and having contact with them. They are such amazing animals and I could spend all day long observing them, which I did even on some of my days off (more)Kim Mackie
From £829 excluding flights
Madagascar conservation volunteering holiday
Memorable parts? I can't name that one and only moment I have to say. The whole experience was memorable. Not only the work but also the people I had the pleasure to meet. Tips? I was camping the first time in my life and did some research beforehand. However I did of course made a few mistakes. The next time I would definitely bring a bigger tent and 2 very strong head torches. My tent was ok for 2 weeks but for a longer period it would be to small. A very strong head torch is a... (more)Patricia
From £795 excluding flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with people who are dedicated, informed and enthusiastic about conservation in a practical and realistic way. And of course, seeing the wildlife as they are meant to be. Tips? Be prepared for it to change your views on life. Local benefits? Many local people were employed in the reserve and the studies that were being carried out influenced how the reserve was managed and that benefited the locals. As the research carried out was the same as the normal... (more)Louise Sexton
From £995 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
I would give the holiday 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
From £735 excluding flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. Itís hard to say what was the most memorable part of this holiday as there was so much variety and different experiences, itís difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Orangutan conservation holiday in Borneo
Staying with the local tribe in the jungle was the most memorable part of the holiday...10 out of 10. (more)Jennifer Beard
Learning about and working with the animals at the wildlife centre at Matang; tribal-style living deep in the rainforest, and the guides' ability to source food from nature with fishing spear and machete - and much, much more. (more)Hanne Samson
From £1095 excluding flights
Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
I had an amazing time!!! I felt like I was really making a contribution to the functioning of the wildlife sanctuary with food prep, cleaning enclosures, feeding and caring for animals and being responsible for the environment and impact on the ecosystem with recycling and conservation efforts . (more)Naomi Soffa
Staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, the volunteers all worked well together and a range of activities were provided... All in all, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I will be going back! (more)Frances Toomey
The most memorable part of the holiday was being able to be near, feed and touch some majestic animals - lions, cheetahs, baboons. (more)Catherine Armstrong
From £775 - £3290 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1195 excluding flights
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa
Memorable parts? So many amazing things happened during my stay. My top 3 were: 1) Seeing the cheetahs being fed 2) Helping to rear a meercat baby and Clarke a serval 3) All the jokes and banter between the volunteers Tips? I would recommend bringing some DVDs, although the selection is pretty good already. Additionally make sure you bring warm clothes it gets really really cold at night. Finally make sure you bring a good torch. Overall rating? 9/10 of course there will be... (more)Cecilia Stilwell
From £945 excluding flights
Botswana wildlife volunteering holiday
Memorable parts? Daily close interaction with lions and wild dogs. Close contact with knowledgable and passionate conservationists. Tips? The company I booked with (The Great Projects) were very helpful when spoken to directly. However,they did not give the name of the project (Modisa in Botswana). As such,much of the information they gave to me was inaccurate and caused problems at the start of the trip. Had there been an emergency or had I had a strong view on what I wanted from... (more)Phil Jackson
From £920 - £1629 excluding flights
Research volunteering with leopards in South Africa
Memorable parts? The entire trip was memorable: sleeping in a tent and cooking over open fire, seeing the diversity of life on a daily basis, being immersed in the bush, hearing the roaring thunder bounce off the mountain walls, and doing my part for the conservation of the Thabo Thalo nature reserve. However, I think the most impactful part of the trip for me was when Tara and I went to see a local farmer whose goat herd had been attacked. The fact that we were called at all shows... (more)Julia Luxemburger
From £495 - £900 excluding flights
Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Memorable parts? The diving on Sail Rock, probably one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand Tips? This is a small village with basic amenities so be prepared to take it easy and relax as there is a lot of down time where nothing is happening. If you get bored easily then make sure you have brought things to occupy your time or better still make an effort to get out and about the island. Local benefits? Not really to the extent that I would have liked, sure spending... (more)Stan Batchelor
From £1096 excluding flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Tips? Local benefits? Overall rating? Poor. Not much meaningful work. It was not well organized in keeping volunteers busy. There were lots of occasions when we ran out of jobs and were told to wander around and look for things to do. Myself and my grandchildren were extremely disappointed. We had a family meeting and left early. Still a bad taste in our mouth. After staying there I felt that the fee charged was excessive. John Brown. (more)John Brown
From £945 excluding flights
Turtle conservation in Sri Lanka
Memorable parts? Being able to release the turtle hatchlings, almost every night and watching them race towards the ocean. Also, releasing an adult turtle and being woken up at 6.00am to see two turtles that had just finished laying eggs, was something I never thought I would get to see. Tips? Be prepared to feed the turtles, clean the tanks (do not wear nice clothes) and the turtles, to teach English, give tours and adapt to the Sri Lankan culture. It would help having basic knowledge... (more)Katherine Lethbridge
From £445 - £1699 excluding flights
Elephant conservation holiday, Thailand
Being with the elephants and their handlers. Having the big bull elephants walk past you, just inches from your face, leaving you to feel completely small and vulnerable as these pre-historic like mammals move by with grace, softness, power and majesty! (more)Georgina Hickman
What a wonderful educational experience and to feel you are putting something back into the preservation of these magnificent creatures. (more)Sharryn Salkilld
A great experience. I haven't travelled alone before but I soon made friends and the staff were great. (more)Paul Gramlick
From £549 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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