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36 holidays found

Wildlife conservation holiday in India

This voluntour takes in some of central India's most iconic and beloved attractions, along with visits to the incredible 'Agra Bear Sanctuary' (the world's largest sanctuary for sloth bears), the Mathura Elephant Rescue Centre, and the community initiatives 'Dhonk' and the 'Moghiya Hostel' - both founded in conjunction with 'Tiger Watch'. On arrival, you will be able to sample the delights of India's capital: the bustling metropolis of Dehli. Afterwards, head to Agra and to one of the world's most iconic buildings: the Taj Mahal. This stunning building really lives up to the hype: make sure you bring your camera! Just outside of Agra lies the 'Agra Bear Sanctuary' - the world's largest ... Read more >
From £1,995 excluding flights

Laos Wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Nestled in rural surroundings, just 60km north of the capital, The Laos Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the small town of Ban Keun. This mainly Buddhist and picturesque country is a delight to visit but unfortunately, isn’t as harmonious as it seems. Laos is sadly a major gateway for illegal wildlife trading in South-East Asia. Every day thousands of animals are smuggled in and out of Laos and sold to become traditional medicine, pets, ornaments, food and more. The sanctuary was bought to life to stand against wildlife crime and hopes to reduce the high numbers of trafficked animals. The sanctuary was formed after Laos zoo enlisted the help of non-governmental wildlife organisations. ... Read more >
From £485 excluding flights

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

This project, which is based in the breathtaking surroundings of the Sri Lankan jungle, offers a hands-on experience, carrying out vital, ecological research on the region’s elephants. The aim of this is to assess and reduce human - elephant conflicts, which have become very strained in recent years. Volunteers assist in the implementation of sustainable land-use initiatives using GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques to develop conservation strategies which will help to protect elephants, leopards, and other wildlife in the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka. Living in harmony with nature is deeply embedded in the cultural consciousness of the indigenous people of Sri ... Read more >
From £764 excluding flights

Mountain gorilla project in Uganda

This award-winning project focuses on the conservation and protection of Uganda’s beautiful mountain gorilla, through the education of local communities who share their environment. Volunteers on this project partake in two gorilla treks (permits included) and a four-day excursion to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This includes tracking wild chimpanzees, joining an unforgettable boat trip on the Kazinga channel to spot hippos and buffalos, and accompanying game-drives, searching for elephants, lions and other African wildlife. Volunteers will also play an active role in reforestation tasks, and in the education of indigenous communities regarding the gorilla’s vital place in the ecosystem. ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

Orangutan conservation holiday in Borneo

This incredible two-week tour gives you the chance to visit some of Borneo’s most fascinating wildlife centres and parks, all whilst helping to forge a connection in the local area between animal conservation efforts and the indigenous communities. This tour will provide you with the chance to see some once in a lifetime sights. They include: a very rare insight into the process of orangutan rehabilitation at Matang Wildlife Centre, time in the Batang Ai rainforest in search of wild orangutans high up in the trees, and two days with the turtles on the beaches of Telok Serabang! Also included on this trip is a week with the once fearsome head-hunters of the Iban Tribe. You will spend time ... Read more >
From £1,195 excluding flights

Orangutan conservation in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Samboja Lestari is an area of restored tropical rainforest near the city of Balikipapan in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Established by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), the 2,000 hectare sanctuary here was created with the aim of providing a safe haven for rehabilitated orangutans and sun bears, whilst also at the same time providing a source of income for local people. Several Forest Schools provide natural, educational playgrounds for the orangutans in which to learn forest skills before returning to cages to sleep at night. A new Clinic and Quarantine area has been established as well as many new forest cages for larger orangutans and a Babies' house for the little ... Read more >
From £895 excluding flights

Tiger conservation project in India

This project is situated inside the prestigious Kanha National Park, renowned as one of the best locations to witness Bengal tigers in the world. Kanha tiger reserve is a spectacular setting for any visitor – a picturesque blend of Sal forest, meadows and open water that famously provided Kipling with inspiration for The Jungle Book. It is home not only to a significant population of tigers, but a myriad of bird species, leopards and much more. It is the perfect setting to play a part in Tiger conservation efforts and help these endangered animals in their own incredibly picturesque natural habitat. In addition to walking and vehicle-based safaris, you will take part in all manner of tiger ... Read more >
From £2,995 excluding flights

Panda conservation volunteering in China

This project is located in the stunning Bifengxia Mountain Range just outside of the city of Ya’an in China and it gives volunteers the chance to help care for the Giant Pandas in their endemic home. A lot of the pandas at the centre originally came from its sister site, but in 2008 disaster struck as an earthquake hit the Hetaoping Panda Centre and as a result the bears were relocated to the project site at Bifengxia. Since the move to the new centre, the panda population here has doubled, and this means that there are now 40 pandas being cared for at Bifengxia. This is a full time job and as a volunteer at the centre you will play a crucial role in helping to care for the ... Read more >
From £975 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Volunteer at The Shamwari Wildlife Reserve, South Africa

This incredible volunteer experience in South Africa offers you the chance to get involved with the conservation efforts of the world-renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. Volunteers on this project play a vital role in the numerous fascinating aspects of managing an award-winning game reserve which has claimed back more than 25,000 hectares of once derelict farmland. With an on-site, dedicated wildlife department, Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and Rhino Awareness Centre, volunteers will gain first-hand experience and insight through a vast array of tasks. This may range from tracking and monitoring rare and endangered species such as rhino, elephants and a number of predators, ... Read more >
From £985 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Borneo wildlife volunteer project

This project allows you to venture into the lush rainforests of Sabah, in search of wild orangutans and the rare pygmy elephant. Observe the awe-inspiring biodiversity of the protected 'Corridor of Life', a vitally important region intent on creating a balance between the indigenous communities, their wildlife, and land-development activities. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the jungle, and take part in important reforestation activities in the hopes of securing a future for the endangered animals that reside here. For much of the project's duration, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to stay with an indigenous community in the rural village of Sukau. Here, you will ... Read more >
From £1,295 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Costa Rica wildlife conservation

This incredible conservation project is set deep in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest and it has an extremely inspiring backstory. Back in 1999, two young girls had a vision to save the rainforest, and little by little they managed to bring that vision to life. The dynamic duo began by selling small arts and crafts pieces at the side of the road to raise money to protect the rainforest, and eventually, all of their hard work paid off and their makeshift shop expanded. Ultimately, the pair's passion for protecting the rainforest shone through and the project continued to grow into the sanctuary that it is today, now helping over 200 local and in-need animals, including sloths, birds, ... Read more >
From £803 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Wildlife volunteering in Bolivia

Situated next to the stunning town of Coroico in Bolivia, two hours from the country’s capital of La Paz, this project is based in a truly incredible wildlife sanctuary, which cares for illegally trafficked animals that have been rescued from lives of captivity and cruelty. Established in 2003 as an ecotourism project, the sanctuary began taking in monkeys and parrots that had been rescued from traffickers. Today, the sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and flora in the area. The problem of animal trafficking in South America has worsened in recent years, as exotic and rare animals have a high monetary value when sold into the pet trade overseas. For this reason, many of ... Read more >
From £645 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Carnivore conservation & research in Namibia

This two-week volunteer programme offers a unique opportunity to play an important role in the conservation of carnivores in Namibia, enabling those who take part to work with these incredible animals and contribute towards their future welfare. Namibia’s cheetahs and other big cats are at constant risk of being killed by farmers who regard them as a threat to livestock, and this is a problem that the project hopes to solve. A typical day at the project includes game-counts, camera trap setting, and collecting, footprint collecting, spoor-counts, box trap checking, waterhole observations, radio-telemetry tracking of collared animals and search for cheetah marking trees. The main focus ... Read more >
From £860 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Mozambique marine conservation project

This two week volunteer project invites you to discover the amazing marine mega fauna of Mozambique where whale sharks and manta rays are known to glide above bountiful coral reefs. As part of the project you’ll be contributing directly to ongoing marine conservation studies and activities as part of a team of researchers and scientists. This is in addition to taking a PADI Open Water Scuba course, during the first week. If you're already Advanced Open Water qualified then you can start to help with underwater research projects, straight away. Anyone who's already Open Water qualified will get to complete their Advanced Open Water course before starting the research programme. The ... Read more >
From £2,025 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Wildlife orphanage volunteering in South Africa

This project provides volunteers with the unique opportunity of not only caring for some of South Africa’s most iconic species but also to inspire a generation of local school children to take pride and invest value in their natural surroundings. Situated in the stunning Limpopo Province, on the outskirts of Kruger National Park, the work involved in this project is carried out against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. The overall aim of this project is to engage local school children with the importance of animal and environmental conservation. The project is based in a wildlife orphanage which is home to a number of different injured or orphaned animals that have been rescued. ... Read more >
From £490 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Borneo family volunteering holiday

A rare opportunity to experience the majesty of the Borneo rainforest and its wealth of fascinating species, this project allows volunteers to take part as a family, working towards the conservation of this section of the rainforest that has been destroyed due to mass deforestation. Working alongside the local tribespeople, families will take part in tasks that benefit the natural environment and the species that can be found within it, including orangutan and elephant. With the stunning scenery of the ‘corridor of life’ as a backdrop, this is truly a life-changing experience which will open your child's eyes to a whole new culture, as well as educating them on the need for worldwide ... Read more >
From £745 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Whale Shark conservation in the Maldives

Have you ever dreamt of swimming beside the world's largest fish? Well now you can with this once in a lifetime experience, which allows you to help with in vital conservation work with the magnificent whale shark - all within one of the most beautiful locations anywhere on earth - the Maldives! Formed in conjunction with a not-for-profit charity and active member of the international conservation coalition ‘The Shark Alliance’, this project offers volunteers the chance to “conduct integral whale shark research and foster community-focussed initiatives throughout the Maldives region”. Your duties here will consist mainly of out-at-sea research - keeping your eyes peeled to try and spot ... Read more >
From £1,732 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

The wildlife sanctuary is situated in a beautiful Namibian savannah, with lush vegetation, expansive vistas, and mountainous views. The sanctuary provides refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife and acts as a halfway point for animals needing to be relocated, as their safety is threatened by human action. Volunteers help to care for and feed the animals on a daily basis and complete all manner of maintenance and construction work at the sanctuary. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the sanctuary work and are fully expected to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Everyone who volunteers here will get the chance to care for, clean, and feed cheetahs, leopards, lions, ... Read more >
From £875 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Victoria Falls conservation volunteer project, Zimbabwe

Located in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful natural settings in the world, this project is based in the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, on the outskirts of the incredible Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. The aim of the project is to devise and implement sustainable solutions to the many problems facing the conservation of the area’s wildlife. Home to populations of the 'Big Five’, black rhino, and a wealth of other rare and incredible species, the reserve is a hotbed of wildlife activity. Volunteers on this project are actively involved in a number of initiatives which help protect and conserve the reserve’s numerous species. These include the vital black rhino ... Read more >
From £725 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Elephant conservation project in Namibia

Become part of an elephant conservation project in the deserts and wilderness regions of Namibia. There are countless conservation tasks to help out with, not least of all the camp cooking. Joining a team of dedicated researchers and conservationists will allow you to understand more about not only the elephants but also the local Namibians who are learning how to live harmoniously with one of the largest animals on earth. Human conflict with elephants, through poaching and farming, has greatly impacted on herd numbers. Although desert elephants in Namibia have become protected, there’s still lots to be done in order to keep populations increasing as well as ensuring their relationship ... Read more >
From £845 excluding flights
Spaces are still available for volunteers to join throughout August, September and October! Book now to avoid missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime!
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