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Gap Year Fantastic Conservation Projects Worldwide

Vacancy Type: Gap Year
Employer: Travellers Worldwide
Reference: TW/2/FCPW
Salary: Unpaid – Fees Apply  

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As leading specialists in the world of voluntary conservation projects, Travellers helps to protect and preserve endangered species around the world.

With the help of our compassionate volunteers, Travellers makes a difference to the happiness and well-being of individual creatures, and there is so much you can do to help! Worthwhile and satisfying conservation projects are available in most of our destinations.

You don't need any qualifications and you can be any age between 17 and 70+. Play a meaningful role in helping to preserve threatened and endangered species.



  • Work with Dolphins: An idyllic setting, warm oceans, dolphins frolicking in the waves - this is an excellent project that runs from 1 October to 31 May every year. Based in Bunbury, Western Australia
  • Multiple-Project Wildlife Rehabilitation: Work on a range of different projects across the city of Perth. Flexible, extremely fascinating and infinitely worthwhile!    


  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre: Work hands-on with these adorable creatures who are so genetically close to us. A superb project.
  • Care for Animals in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park: This excellent project is all about caring - caring for animals, caring about conservation and species survival, caring about educating children and adults in how to treat animals.


  • Marine Conservation: Hands-on work with a local NGO contributing to their marine research efforts.


  • Amazon Rainforest: Experience life in the Amazon Jungle, working on a variety of projects.


  • Game Capture Project: This is a unique and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of a real Game Capture on a Reserve in South Africa.  This once-only project runs from 13th May 2011 to 10th June. During that time you'll assist with the capture of Buffalo, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Kudu, Eland, Zebra, Roan, Sable and Tesesebe.
  • Cheetah and Predator Conservation: Help conserve Cheetahs and other predators in their natural environment. You'll live on a Game Reserve and be involved with tracking, monitoring and researching the amazing Cheetah. You'll also be involved in night safaris, Reserve management and conservation efforts of a number of other, different species.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation (and more): Up close and personal with Vervet Monkeys and other wildlife, most of whom have been injured or abandoned. You'll help with feeding and any other duties required around the Centre.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary and Game Park: Hands-on work with injured or abandoned animals of all types. This is a very popular project with all our volunteers and it can be combined with any other project in South Africa.
  • Zululand Wildlife & Game Reserve Conservation Expedition: Work on four very different Game Reserves, each with their own unique beauty and attraction. You'll gain a wealth of conservation knowledge and experience working under qualified conservation experts and on location out in the bush. You'll experience Africa in a way that no mere tourist can!


  • Elephant and Wildlife Conservation: Help conserve Elephants and other wildlife - and there's lots more involved in this project!


  • Elephant sanctuary: Care for Elephants in Surin: Help change the fate of elephants in Thailand! A  hands-on project where you can give elephants lots of care. The project is based in Surin City approx 7 hours drive North-East of Bangkok.


  • Walking with Lions - the Lion Breeding Project: In Livingstone, where you will get the chance to have extremely close encounters with lions! The location is close to the famous Victoria Falls.
  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Witness incredible animal relationships in close knit chimpanzee family structure, and be part of the day to day care of the orphanage inhabitants.


  • Walking with Lions - the Lion Breeding Project: Choose from two different locations where you get up close and personal with lion cubs - this is hands-on work in the true sense, set in a wonderful environment on a Game Reserve.


You don’t need any qualifications, just a love of animals and nature. You can help in many, many ways, for example, by making a hammock for a monkey in captivity or sitting in a hide in the bush observing the behaviours of the elusive leopard. Your work might involve washing an orphaned elephant under palm trees or walking the African plains with baby lion cubs to help prepare them for eventual release.

With around 25 very different conservation projects around the world, and over 15 years of experience, Travellers can help you to make a direct and immediate difference. Our projects are situated around Africa, Asia and South America, and the variety of projects is vast. You may want to work hands-on in rehabilitation work such as with Orang-Utans in Borneo’s rainforests, or you may want to learn the survival skills of the bush and get involved in important conservation research. You might instead want to don some flippers and head under the sea to explore precious marine life species.

The choice is the hardest bit! You can work with monkeys, elephants, horses, apes, crocodiles, frogs, plants, dolphins, the great white shark, leopards, rhino, tortoise, coral, reptiles, birds, fish and, well, pretty much any species you’re interested in - exciting stuff!!

The type of work varies depending on the project and country you choose. We have projects which include aspects of the following: interaction & play, field research, safaris, washing, feeding, preparing food, observation, night watches, creative psychological stimulation for the animals, cleaning duties, enrichment projects, releases into the wild, diving, trekking, darting, learning, educating, photographing, building, painting and much more depending on the requirements of the project.


  • Identifying worthwhile conservation work around the world that requires hands on assistance and/or funding assistance
  • Implementing conservation projects around the world
  • Continuously monitoring the work to ensure that it provides adequate support, structure, comfort and satisfaction for the volunteers
  • Continuously seeking to ensure future development of a worthwhile program
  • Providing structured and safe conservation projects for inexperienced volunteers with an interest in conservation
  • Marketing these opportunities to make people aware of how they can help despite time or money restrictions
  • Recruiting self-funding volunteers from around the world
  • Providing and arranging the opportunity of short-term work in established conservation roles for paying volunteers (meaning no cost at all to the projects, because their funds are limited and need to be retained for purely conservation aims)
  • Ensuring valuable, worthwhile work that develops the volunteer, the animals and the local community (a win-win-win situation!)
  • The Phil Perkes Trust, established to honour Phil Perkes', Travellers' Co-Founder whose  wish was to help the less advantaged, provides valuable funding towards meaningful projects in conservation for each and every volunteer that does a Travellers’ placement.


An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into your chosen country and its fascinating culture!

The enormous satisfaction of helping wildlife and knowing that you made a contribution to their ongoing conservation.

New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market

And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


To apply for a conservation project you need to click 'apply now' and submit the following: 

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Covering Letter
  • £190 deposit payment (which will be deducted from the total cost of your placement) – made payable online, via cheque, bank transfer or over the phone.

DURATION: Available all year round. Our placements are very flexible, you can choose your own start and finish dates.

START DATES: Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

CLOSING DATE: 24/02/2011 ·      


COSTS: Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £745 for two weeks. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

REQUIREMENTS: Qualifications depend on which placement you choose. Some don't require any qualifications or experience and some others would prefer some experience. Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humour helps!)

Location: Rest of the World

Recruiter Details

Travellers Worldwide
01903 502595

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