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 volunteers go diving as part of our Conservation Project in Thailand for teens
Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand for Teenagers

From $5145 USD

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Volunteer and work alongside our staff while you learn to dive, observe coral, and plant mangroves

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.
Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji

From $4215 USD

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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.
Marine Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

From $3220 USD

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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 Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Conservation Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands

From $2970 USD

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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
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.
Volunteer Conservation Work in the Himalayas in Nepal

From $2565 USD

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

From $3220 USD

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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
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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

From $2670 USD

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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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A rainforest conservation group volunteer searches for birds on a trip to Peru.
Rainforest Conservation Group Volunteer Trip to Peru

From $2970 USD

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Live and work in the Amazon Rainforest with a group and become part of vital conservation efforts

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer prepare for their ziplining experience through the Costa Rican forest
Conservation Service Learning in Costa Rica for Middle School Students

From $3870 USD

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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
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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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