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

You’ll never see the world the same way after volunteering on a Projects Abroad Conservation & Environment Project. Experience the extremes of nature with an international team, all sharing the same common bond and goal - to protect our planet.


We have projects that cover all types of environments and animal species. Choose the project that you’re most passionate about, between coral reefs, rainforests, elephants, or sea turtles. If you know when you want to volunteer, we can help you choose the right destination, and the right area of work.


During your project, you’ll support real environmentalists and scientists. You’ll also be involved with member of the local community. Use this opportunity to develop important skills for working in the field you choose, like getting your open water diving certification!


Choose the natural environment that calls out to you loudest. We have projects in rainforests, oceans, mountains, and savannahs!


You’ll have the life changing experience of working in these beautiful habitats with the amazing animal 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 volunteer prepare for their ziplining experience through the Costa Rican forest
Conservation Service Learning in Costa Rica for Middle School Students

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Live in the Costa Rican tropical dry forest and work with other middle school students on important conservation work

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 12-15 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.
Conservation Volunteer Work in Costa Rica

From $3295

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Live in Costa Rica’s dense tropical dry forest and work on the frontlines of conservation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.
Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya

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Live in the Kenyan wilderness and join our efforts to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other African wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Teenagers conduct a wildlife census as part of their conservation volunteer work in Kenya
Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya for Teenagers

From $3945

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Join people your age and work together to protect endangered wildlife in East Africa, like the Rothschild’s Giraffe

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers work with sea turtles in Mexico on a project for teenagers
Conservation Volunteer Work in Mexico for Teenagers

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Live and work with a group your age and become part of our ongoing efforts to protect endangered sea turtles

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers planting seedlings during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica for teenagers
Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica for Teenagers

From $3745

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Team up with high school students from around the world to protect the majestic wildlife of Costa Rica

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Students release turtles for their conservation volunteering in Mexico.
Conservation Volunteering in Mexico

From $2745

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Become part of ongoing conservation efforts on the Pacific coast and help protect endangered sea turtles

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Conservation Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands

From $3295

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

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
As part of her Conservation work in Ecuador for older adults, a Projects Abroad volunteer helps planting indigenous plants.
Conservation and Community Work in Ecuador for Volunteers over 50

From $3945

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Travel to the Galapagos Islands with a group your age and do hands-on conservation and community work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 50 can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Is Conservation volunteering abroad right for me?

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


You’ll get all the training you need to make sure you’re ready to complete your tasks. These projects are for anyone interested in the outdoors, or interested in protecting a specific species. An important part of our projects include educating people in the local communities where we are based, about the importance of conservation.


Choosing a Conservation Project could be a great option if you’re keen to learn new skills like diving or open water swimming!


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


If you’re passionate about animals, but feel a Conservation & Environment Project isn’t right for you, you can choose a Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Project. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

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

What are the benefits of Conservation volunteer work abroad?

You can develop your own skills while giving back to a community that needs help.


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


  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Greater knowledge of practical conservation and environmental sciences.
  • PADI Open Water and scuba diving certificates if you work on a Diving & Marine Conservation Project.
  • Developing a global mindset, from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

These benefits will improve your resume for future applications, and enhance 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.

What sets Abroad’s Conservation & Environment Projects apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities and ecosystems we work in. Our projects are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:


Dedicated staff support


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. Each project has a full-time member of staff to support you and the other volunteers. They’ll help make sure you get the most out of your trip, making a genuine impact through the work you do.


We record our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database to track the positive impact of our projects. The database is secure and anonymous, and we use it to identify specific areas of need. We also use the database to monitor individual projects to track their development.


Projects that make a difference


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.

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