A man conducting a wildlife census as part of Projects Abroad's conservation volunteer work abroad.

Conservation Volunteering Abroad

Work on marine, rainforest, wildlife, or environmental conservation around the world

Once you have volunteered on a Projects Abroad Conservation & Environment Project, you’ll never quite see the world in the same way. You’ll experience the extremes of nature while being part of an international team that are bonded by one common goal: to protect our planet for years to come.


Our projects cover an incredible range of environments and species, so you can volunteer on a project that lets you pursue your passions, whether that’s coral reefs or rainforests, elephants, or turtles. Once you know what time of year you can volunteer and where you want to go, we can help you think through what area of conservation to specialise in.


You’ll support real environmentalists and scientists, as well as people from the local community. You’ll also get the chance to develop important skills for working in this field, such open water diving.


The environments you can choose from include rainforests, oceans, mountains, and savannahs. You’ll have the life changing experience of monitoring and protecting these stunning habitats and the species that live there. It’s a safe, sustainable way to learn more about conservation and to protect some of the most vulnerable habitats in the world.

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Projects Abroad volunteers scaling a canopy walkway during their Conservation volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

From $4,295 NZD

Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
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Live in the Amazon Rainforest and help with vital conservation work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.

From $3,440 NZD

Volunteer Conservation Work in the Himalayas in Nepal
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Live and work in the Himalayas and help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this renowned area

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $3,970 NZD

Conservation Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From $4,295 NZD

Marine Conservation Volunteering in Thailand
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Live and work in Thailand, and become part of our efforts to protect marine life and the environment

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers go diving as part of our Conservation Project in Thailand for teens

From $5,170 NZD

Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand for Teenagers
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Volunteer and work alongside our staff while you learn to dive, observe coral, and plant mangroves

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
This image depicts a Projects Abroad volunteer photographing a shark during their marine conservation work in Belize.

From $4,620 NZD

Marine Conservation Work in Belize
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Get a PADI diving certification and work with conservationists to protect marine life in the Belize Barrier Reef

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.

From $4,295 NZD

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Botswana
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Live in a remote part of the Southern African bushveld and join our effort to protect elephants and other local wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Alternative schoolies volunteers do conservation work in Thailand

From $3,295 NZD

Alternative Schoolies Volunteer Work in Thailand
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Work alongside other volunteers to conserve the environment and care for children

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
New-born turtles make their way to the ocean on a black sand beach after being released by a group of Conservation volunteers.
Conservation Group Volunteer Trips to Mexico
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Live and work with a group in Mexico and become part of our ongoing efforts to protect endangered sea turtles

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is Conservation volunteering abroad right for me?

Our Conservation & Environment Projects are ideal for volunteers who want carry out fieldwork in fascinating environments.


You’ll be given the relevant training when you arrive, so there’s no need for previous experience, just a passion for conservation. These projects suit anyone interested in the outdoors and species that need protecting. Many of these projects also include educating people in the local area about conservation.


These projects are a good choice if you’re keen to learn new skills like diving or open water swimming. 


Your work may include doing research, collecting data in the field, and assisting with wildlife protection programmes on our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities.


If you’re interested in animals, but feel a Conservation & Environment Project isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Projects. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

Mangrove seedlings being planted as part of conservation volunteer work abroad.

What will I gain from Conservation volunteer work abroad?

By volunteering you’ll give back to a community that needs help while developing your own skills.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:

  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Knowledge of practical conservation and environmental sciences.
  • PADI Open Water and scuba diving certificates if working on a Diving & Marine Conservation Project.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

Why do Conservation volunteer projects abroad matter?

Protecting our planet is more important than ever. As the human population increases, natural habitats and resources are declining. In today’s fast paced society, it’s easy to feel like part of the problem rather than the solution. Now is the time to start making a worthwhile contribution so that future generations can enjoy our planet for years to come.

How are Projects Abroad’s Conservation & Environment Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities and ecosystems we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical, well supported and part of a better future. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteering programmes:


Be fully supported by staff


On these projects, you’ll work alongside members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers. In each project, there is a full-time member of staff who job it is to support our volunteers. They will work with you to make sure you spend your time in a way that genuinely makes impact and brings value to the project you visit.


Recording our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. We can also monitor individual projects to track their development.


Projects that have an impact


All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term.

A group of Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers listen to a staff member explain an activity outdoors at their project.

Our Animal Protection Policy

We take protecting the animals and wildlife we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Animal Protection Policy.

Projects Abroad volunteers work together with our conservation partner organisations to protect the environment.

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