Volunteer Wildlife Conservation

Africa is renowned for its diverse and abundant wildlife and unrivaled National Parks, game reserves and vast wilderness areas.

Wildlife and Conservation Projects

The conservation and management of these areas to protect habitats and the wildlife species that they support is of vital importance.

South Africa Wilderness Adventure – 1 or 2 weeks
South Africa Wilderness Adventure – 1 or 2 weeks

Explore the African wilderness and gain an insight and understanding of African wildlife, habitats and ecology.

Safari Guide Course – 28 days
Safari Guide Course – 28 days

This is a unique course for those passionate about wildlife and who wish to experience the life and work of an African Safari Guide.

Trails Guide Course – 28 days
Trails Guide Course – 28 days

This 28-day FGASA-accredited Trails Guide course offers an excellent opportunity for those planning or developing a career in field guiding and many other wildlife-orientated careers and is a natural next step after completing the Field Guide Level 1 Course.

Field Guide FGSA Level 1 Course – 55 days
Field Guide FGSA Level 1 Course – 55 days

Our exciting Field Guide FGSA Level 1 Course will give you all the skills and experience you need to be capable of conducting game drives and interpreting the surrounding wildlife for safari guests.

South Africa Professional Field Guide
South Africa Professional Field Guide

If you love the idea of taking safari lodge guests from all over the world out on walking and game drive safaris and teaching them fascinating facts about the abundant wildlife and diverse environment surrounding them, then our one-year Professional Field Guide course is for you.

South Africa Pre-Vet Wildlife Project
South Africa Pre-Vet Wildlife Project

This South Africa Pre-Vet Wildlife Volunteer project is a practical and hands-on project in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where you will be able to gain real experience in veterinary science, animal welfare and animal management.

Ghana Turtle Conservation and Ecotourism
Ghana Turtle Conservation and Ecotourism

Based on a beautiful stretch of golden beach on the West Coast of Ghana you will contribute to valuable efforts to conserve the local environment, habitat and nesting turtles and promote the importance of doing so within the surrounding fishing communities and to tourists.

Wildlife and environmental conservation has never been more important

With the rate at which the human population is increasing in many African countries, the protected wildlife reserves are under ever increasing pressures.  Traditional farming and other practices do not tend to be very sustainable; clearing land and exhausting resources.  It is understandable that communities living in poverty use the available land and wildlife for food and to meet their needs.  However, as human population density continues to increase, education about sustainable use of resources, management of the inevitable human-wildlife conflicts and ensuring local communities benefit from conservation is imperative to avoid species and habitat being lost forever.

Across Africa there are thousands of projects involved with the conservation and research of wildlife species and the ecosystems that they live in. Identifying a volunteer project that is right for you, has genuine conservation objectives and will actually benefit from you being there can be challenging. Wildlife conservation volunteering in Africa is often not glamorous and can be hard work at times. However, there are some major positives about these types of project. They are generally based in some of the most unspoilt and stunning natural areas in Africa and they get you behind the scenes of places that tourists will often pay large amounts of money to visit on holiday.

If you have relevant conservation experience or qualifications, or are looking for a project for an elective, or as part of your studies then please get in touch. We can organise individual placements at various projects.

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