Volunteering abroad used to be a long term commitment for a highly qualified few. Today, opportunities have opened up for people of all skill levels, in virtually every country in the world.
Wildlife conservation activities
Live alongside the locals
The amount of involvement between volunteers and locals does vary from trip to trip, but generally there will be plenty unless a project is very remote. One of the key markers of a successful wildlife conservation initiative is how well it works in the local community because if they’re not behind you, the chances are your goals will either be achieved, but only in the short term, or not achieved at all. Volunteers are encouraged to visit local schools to teach some English, or run simple presentations illustrating what the conservation work they’re doing means for the local environment and how everyone can get involved.
Our Wildlife conservation Holidays
Erin Sparks, from our supplier, PoD Volunteer, shares her opinion on the importance of local engagement: “In our wildlife project in Belize, there is a specific education role where you can be heavily involved in getting out to local schools and running educational programmes there about wildlife conservation for those children that can’t get out to the project. If you want to have a successful project on the ground, you need the backing of the local community; it needs to be beneficial for them and in turn they need to know about animal protection and habitat protection. It doesn’t matter if people from all over the world believe in because it if the people who live right there on the doorstep don’t, it just won’t work.”
Get out and about
Whether it’s spent strolling around a local craft market, exploring the native landscape, or grabbing a local guide and letting them lead you to the best live music, local beer and food, your free time will be precious so use it to experience something new.
You will get some free time on your wildlife conservation holiday; how much ranges from an afternoon to an entire weekend and how you spend it is entirely up to you.
If you'd like to chat about Wildlife conservation or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
What to do in your downtimeErin Sparks, from our supplier, PoD Volunteer, shares her advice on what to do in your downtime: “In order to be ideally located for the animals, a lot of wildlife conservation projects are not sat slap bang in the middle of a tourist hub, or near adrenalin activities, but you do get downtime. You are working in a team and the work is tiring, so one of the best things you can do is just chill out getting to know your fellow volunteers. Our elephant care and wildlife rescue project in Cambodia is really remote, but is near a beach where you can spend the day and there’s even a spa in the local town, which makes most of its money from volunteers - after you’ve been mucking out elephants for a couple of weeks, there’s nothing better than a hot soak and a massage.”
Capture your memories
Most people take photos on holiday, but not all holidays are designed for photographers - of course, while working you won’t have time to get snap happy, but you will get free time and there’s nothing stopping you finding a local guide and organising a game drive, or a walk out into the wilds to take some incredible shots.
The animals' majesty and funny quirks, as well as their incredible natural habitat in which they live are memories that you'll definitely want to capture on camera.
More about Wildlife conservation
Find out whether wildlife conservation is for you and what wildlife conservation entails as you pour over our wildlife conservation guide.
From the vibrant culture of Thailand to the tropical savannah of Belize, sometimes choosing a wildlife conservation holiday can be as exciting as the world you’ll find once in resort.
If you want to know where to go on a wildlife conservation holiday then read on to discover what Responsible Travel recommends and typical daily timetables to get a glimpse of a day in the life.
From preparing food for rescued brown bears in Romania to remote research expeditions searching out endangered lynx in the Montenegrin mountains and more!
Choose a wildlife conservation holiday that really matters using advice from our suppliers Johan Maree and Anne Smellie.
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Learn about accommodation, training and advice on seeing the bigger picture before you set off armed with advice on how to do wildlife conservation safely.
There are no excuses for not being able to travel right on a conservation holiday with the responsible wildlife conservation tours that we advertise on this website.