Volunteer Jobs with International Animal Welfare Organisations











Listed below are  opportunities to Volunteer with Animals abroad.


The following organisations run various animal welfare projects worldwide that offer voluntary and work experience placements working with animals. As our courses can be studied online from anywhere in the world, many students combine their studies with volunteering.

Animal Volunteer Work with International Animal Welfare Charities


Below are just some of the animal volunteer work opportunities working with animals worldwide that are offered in the Animal Courses Direct ebook.

For hundreds more opportunities in many Animal Welfare Organisations worldwide, please refer to the Volunteering with Animals Ebook available to purchase via this website or Amazon.

Our accredited and recognised courses and Ofqual regulated Qualifications enhance employment prospects and are also suitable for volunteers wanting to gain a relevant animal care qualification.

International Voluntary Animal Welfare Organisations 

Born Free Foundation:

An international wildlife charity working with compassion to prevent cruelty, alleviate suffering and encourage everyone to treat all individual animals with respect. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and is dedicated to the conservation of rare species in their natural habitat, and the phasing out of traditional zoos. They don’t offer volunteer roles directly on their conservation projects. However, they ask for assistance with general office duties in their UK office as well as with their Zoo check project. A part of their site acts as a notice board for other conservation/animal jobs voluntary vacancies and assists anyone wanting to volunteer with animals.

Brooke Hospital for Animals:

Helps millions of working horses, donkeys and mules and the countless people who depend upon them. Brooke operates in Egypt, India, Jordan and Pakistan, and in Afghanistan, Kenya and Guatemala and aims to deliver a unique blend of direct and very practical veterinary and welfare services through a network of mobile teams and field clinics. With more than 500 staff working in the field, the Brooke is by far the largest charity of its kind. Brooke asks volunteers to assist with any one of its 23 supporter groups around the UK. The groups organise fundraising events, etc. They also request help at their offices in London and the Netherlands with communications, finance, IT, etc. They only request that professionally trained vets volunteer directly with the animals.

Cheetah Conservation Fund Worldwide (CCF):

Aims to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems. CCF works to: create and manage long-term conservation strategies, develop and improve livestock management practices, eliminate the need for ranchers to kill cheetah, conduct conservation education programs for local villagers, ranchers and school children and continue intensive scientific research in cheetah genetics, biology and species survival. CCF has operations in the UK, Namibia, USA, Canada, Kenya, Holland, Japan and South Africa. CCF has programs for general volunteers (working guests), student internships (including Masters & Ph.D. students) and zookeepers. All their volunteer programs require a mandatory donation. However, discounted/subsidized fees are available for student interns and zookeepers, and also for Namibian, South African and Kenyan citizens.

Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary:

Has offices in South Africa and the USA. The Sanctuary encompasses over 10,000 acres and strives to preserve natural habitat while reintroducing indigenous wildlife onto land they once naturally roamed. Enkosini provides sanctuary and protection for a myriad of African wildlife, many of which would be destroyed if adequate habitat and facilities for their rehabilitation were not available. Volunteers are encouraged to for a minimum of 3 weeks; duties include a variety of tasks in the wildlife sanctuary.

Eleaid Endangered Asian Elephant Conservation Charity:T

he EleAid Trustees and management met while visiting an elephant conservation project in Thailand. They were all deeply moved by their experiences and resolved to work together to increase awareness of the plight of Asia's elephants and to help save the Asian elephant both from extinction and from the appalling conditions in which some of the domesticated elephants live. Contact to assist as a volunteer.

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More Information about Volunteering 









Volunteering is a great way to obtain hands on experience and a better understanding of the many different career options open to those wishing to work with animals. Whether you are a school leaver seeking a career change, or are undecided about whether working in the animal care sector is for you, then voluntary work is a great way to find out.



If you are seeking a career change, volunteering can be an excellent way of landing your perfect job, as it is common for volunteers to be offered permanent positions. By signing up as a volunteer you will gain an invaluable understanding of the work involved. 



There are many organisations in the UK and around the world, that work tirelessly to help animals in need. To achieve this, most rely on voluntary help. Some charities welcome volunteers who can only spare a few hours on weekends, other organisations prefer to have volunteers commit to a specific project with a set volunteer job description.



Through volunteering you will gain many new skills that will benefit you with applying for vacancies or course placements. It is advisable for anyone wanting to work with animals, from would-be veterinary surgeons to animal care assistant, to first embark on some sort of voluntary work with animals before beginning their career. 

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