Conservation & Wildlife Projects

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 ...

South Africa Cheetah Volunteers

Do you want to play a part in saving endangered big cats in South Africa? If so, then this is ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

South Africa Monkey Rehabilitation

Volunteers are needed all year round at The Monkey Centre to help with the everyday tasks of running a monkey ...

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 ...

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 ...

South Africa Cheetah and Wild Dog Conservation

Joining this project you’ll be part of a team dedicated to caring for cheetahs and wild dog and many more ...

Peru Llama Conservation

Spend time with South American Llamas, the historical city of Cusco and learning traditional crafts and language of the Quechua ...

Hands-on work with endangered birds and wildlife in South Africa

When you work at the wildlife park you will be looking after endangered, hand-reared animals, and will be involved in ...

Conservation work on the Galapagos Islands

Sitting pretty 1000 miles away from the stunning Ecuador, there’s no denying that the Galapagos Islands are what nature is ...

Fiji Marine Conservation

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

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 ...

Malaysia Zoo Assistant

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

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 ...

New Zealand Conservation

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

Conservation Volunteers Australia

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

Conservation & Wildlife Projects

Top trips - Conservation & Wildlife Projects

Choosing a wildlife or conservation volunteering option for your gap year gives you the opportunity to put your favourite skills to use, learn snazzy new ones and make new mates in amazing locations. We have volunteering projects all over the world, so if you want to explore the world and see what it has to offer - this is a great way to do so! If wildlife or conservation is your thing then look no further, as we reckon we've got the volunteering adventure for you! 
 

Make Your Trip Roar-Some!

Here at Real Gap Experience we have tonnes of incredible volunteering trips that you can get your teeth stuck in to. Our wildlife and conservation gap year adventures run all over the world, from South Africa to Costa Rica, Fiji to Malaysia. Spotting leopards in the savannah is right up there as a bucket list 'must do', and those of us who have been to Malaysia in the RG office loved seeing orangutans in Borneo. By volunteering with animals you get to experience incredible once in a lifetime things - you'd never be able to go behind the scenes of a private reserve and learn about lions, or check out elephants in the Namibian desert.

 

Want some inspiration? Check out our options below - we bet you're going to have an incredible time!

 

31 Trips

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.

South Africa Cheetah Volunteers

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South Africa Cheetah Volunteers

Do you want to play a part in saving endangered big cats in South Africa? If so, then this is the perfect project for you! At this project you will encounter Cheetahs and other big cats, some as cubs and some as adults. You’ll help a team dedicated to caring for them, plus assist with important research, blog writing or on occasions, helping trained staff nurse sick animals back to health.

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.

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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. 

Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers

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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, Meerkats, Lions, Caracals and Leopards. The Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary is set in a wonderful private reserve offering views of the distant mountain ranges, grass planes and rugged natural Savannah. 

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
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 bamboo-loving creatures.

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.

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.

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