Conservation

South Africa Turtle Conservation

Be part of the longest continuous turtle monitoring programme and assist with the conservation of endangered sea turtles. Five species ...

Zambia Building, Community & Wildlife Experience

On our 'Zambia Building, Community and Wildlife Experience', you'll be getting stuck in to community life from the start! Get ...

South Africa Game Ranger Internship

Spend your time on a beautiful game reserve in South Africa and split your time between volunteering and studying for ...

South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Community

South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Community

Get involved with this exciting wildlife conservation programme on a real Big 5 reserve in a stunning part of South ...

China Giant Panda Conservation Chengdu

Pandas are one of the most endangered animals in the world, and this conservation project is a fantastic opportunity to ...

Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

For the turtle species to continue to exist, much help is needed from both local communities and volunteers. One way ...

Ecuador Animal Rescue

Volunteer in Ecuador and become a key member of this vitally important, over-worked rescue and rehabilitation centre. You will be ...

Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure

This is a real Southern Africa adventure! Safari! Swim! Five days and a million memories in one of the continent’s ...

Conservation Volunteers Australia

This is real hands-on experience of conservation in Australia, and the team leaders know the areas like the back of ...

Sri Lanka Elephant and Community Volunteers

Sri Lanka Elephant and Community Volunteers

This project was started because the owners of the elephants there could no longer look after them. It aims to ...

Thailand Community and Elephant Volunteers

This programme offers you the opportunity to become part of the local Thai community and gain a true understanding of ...

Australia Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island

Become a wildlife volunteer in Australia and help protect some of Australia’s unique wildlife.You’ll be involved in full-on essential conservation ...

South Africa Horse Riding and Conservation Experience

This is the ultimate programme for horse enthusiasts, who love working in the great outdoors surrounded by stunning scenery. As ...

Sri Lanka Sea Turtle and Community Volunteers

Make sure you don't miss this stunning island on any visit to Asia! Working on this project will enable you ...

Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation

Live in close contact with Zimbabwe wildlife including black and white rhino, African elephants and buffalo on the 10,000-acre private ...

Malaysia Orang Utan Experience

A brilliant opportunity to encounter and work with an increasingly rare and threatened great ape – there are probably no ...

Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation

Take part in one of our most established programmes to help with vital conservation work and protect the future of ...

New Zealand Conservation

Breathtakingly beautiful scenery is the backdrop to this awesome opportunity to really get stuck in to some serious New Zealand ...

Fiji Marine Conservation

Live life to the full on this exciting marine conservation project in the beautiful Yasawa region of Fiji, famous for ...

South Africa Great White Shark Experience

With the world's shark population becoming increasingly under threat and as a volunteer on this project you will play a ...

Belize Dive and Marine Conservation

Belize is home to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt marine life in the world, yet this beauty and ...

Live with lion cubs in South Africa

Set on a 260 hectarewildlife reserve this lion research and controlled breeding centre is where you'll be spending your days ...

Malaysia Zoo Assistant

Travel to Malaysia and help out the zookeepers, learning about the likes and dislikes of the Malayan sun bear, chimpanzees, ...

Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers

This is your chance to make a difference to the lives of some of Namibia’s fascinating Wildlife including Baboons, Cheetahs, ...

USA Wildlife Sanctuary in Florida

On this worthwhile volunteer programme, you’ll help care for exotic animals such as leopards, tigers, bears, cougars and wolves! These ...

Costa Rica Animal Rescue

In Costa Rica, ecotourism is a growing and fundamental part of the country's economy. Many people in Costa Rica illegally ...

Zimbabwe Lion Breeding & Conservation - Midlands

Midlands is a serious lion conservation project, designed solely to do something about the dramatic decline in African lion numbers. ...

Conservation

Top trips - Conservation

Choosing a wildlife or conservation option for your gap year gives you the opportunity to put your favourite skills to use, learn new ones and make new friends in amazing places. If wildlife or conservation is your thing then look no further.

Make yours the wild gap
Real Gap has hundreds of gap year projects. Our wildlife and conservation gap trips run in Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Peru, Costa Rica and Canada, to name just a few of our fantastic destinations.And with wildlife and conservation trips, it’s not just you having a good time, the creatures and the environment do, too…

Check out our full list of wildlife and conservation opportunities below. And if you’ve any questions or would like to talk anything over, just give our travel advisers a call or request a call back on 01273 647220.

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27 Trips

South Africa Turtle Conservation

South Africa Turtle Conservation

Be part of the longest continuous turtle monitoring programme and assist with the conservation of endangered sea turtles. Five species of sea turtle are found on this beautiful coast in South Africa; Green, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtle and you’ll have the chance to help preserve all five species, plus other marine wildlife.

Minimum 2 weeks From £765 (was £899)
Zambia Building, Community & Wildlife Experience

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Zambia Building, Community & Wildlife Experience

On our 'Zambia Building, Community and Wildlife Experience', you'll be getting stuck in to community life from the start! Get your hands dirty, help to build new homes for a rural Zambian village using traditional methods, and learn from an amazing community about their culture. You'll also have the rewarding opportunity to help out in a local school and nursery and visit a local feeding programme for orphaned children, as well as work in the pharmacy at the hospital. 

26 days From £1,170 (was £1,299)
South Africa Game Ranger Internship

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South Africa Game Ranger Internship

  • Experience life on a Big 5 Game Reserve
  • Learn the ropes of becoming a Game Ranger
  • Explore South Africa
  • Volunteer on a fantastic wildlife conservation project
  • Achieve your FGASA accredited qualification
8 weeks From £2,322 (was £2,579)
South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Community

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South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Community

Get involved with this exciting wildlife conservation programme on a real Big 5 reserve in a stunning part of South Africa; near Port Elizabeth on the world famous Garden Route.

Minimum 2 weeks From £720 (was £899)
China Giant Panda Conservation Chengdu

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China Giant Panda Conservation Chengdu

Pandas are one of the most endangered animals in the world, and this conservation project is a fantastic opportunity to observe and help these amazing creatures.

Located within a beautiful mountain region of the Wolong Nature Reserve, 150 kilometres from Chengdu City, you’ll be working closely with the pandas! This is the largest Panda base in China, and the care you provide will genuinely help the Panda reserve to protect these animals from extinction.
 

Minimum 14 days From £680 (was £799)
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

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Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

For the turtle species to continue to exist, much help is needed from both local communities and volunteers. One way in which you can help is to assist during the turtle-nesting season, and this turtle conservation project in Costa Rica provides you with the opportunity to do just that.

Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure

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Kruger to Coast Volunteer Adventure

This is a real Southern Africa adventure! Safari! Swim! Five days and a million memories in one of the continent’s wildest wildlife spots – South Africa’s Kruger National Park – a week with wild whale sharks, diving and exploring the coral reefs in the warm blue waters of the ocean. Soak up the culture and learn what life’s like in a Swazi village.

Minimum 4 weeks From £1,703 (was £1,892)
Ecuador Animal Rescue

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Ecuador Animal Rescue

Volunteer in Ecuador and become a key member of this vitally important, over-worked rescue and rehabilitation centre. You will be caring for illegally captured, abused and injured animals.

Minimum 2 weeks From £665 (was £699)
Conservation Volunteers Australia

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Conservation Volunteers Australia

This is real hands-on experience of conservation in Australia, and the team leaders know the areas like the back of their hands. They'll give you really great ideas of what to see and do in your time out. 

Minimum 2 weeks From £540 (was £599)
Thailand Community and Elephant Volunteers

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Thailand Community and Elephant Volunteers

This programme offers you the opportunity to become part of the local Thai community and gain a true understanding of the Surin province and its people. The rewarding hands-on work at this elephant village in Thailand will involve helping maintain and plant crops to feed the local elephants, giving them a wash down at the river and offering support to the local communities. As a volunteer abroad in Thailand you’ll really get under the skin of local life and see Surin from the inside.

Minimum 2 weeks From £680 (was £799)
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