Help Change the World – Join a Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Abroad Program

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Do you love animals? Do you feel passionately that they have the right to live in safety? Would you like to make a difference to the future of endangered and targeted wildlife species? Are you looking for the best, safest, and most inexpensive wildlife conservation volunteer abroad opportunity to join during your holiday? If so you’re in the right place!

RCDP offers anyone with a keen interest in helping animals an exciting chance to take part in one of their incredibly awesome and budget-friendly volunteer projects. This once in a lifetime opportunity lets you combine travel, the chance to explore a completely different country and culture, and a meaningful experience on a volunteering abroad wildlife conservation project.

RCDP offers several safe and affordable wildlife conservation volunteering abroad projects in 19 countries across Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America. Your volunteer work is vital and valued, and very beneficial to the community and people you work with. Your program fees are paid directly to the project you are volunteering with too, so you know your help is not making a profit for middle men.

Sometime soon it could be you feeding, bathing and playing with elephants in Sri Lanka or Thailand, conserving marine life, including sea turtles in Costa Rica, or saving at-risk turtles lives in Mexico, and all the projects are this exciting and meaningful, and it’s all possible when you join a wildlife conservation volunteer abroad program. We can help turn your dream into reality!

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The volunteer experience was very eye-opening and I felt very much needed at the site. I would greatly recommend it.

Frances Yuan


The strong ties we built and the rewarding experiences that we made here were really very priceless.

Amelie Lim

- Australia

A lifetime experience, which has opened my eyes to so much, and impassioned me to pursue future volunteer trips.



Overall a great experience! I can't think of any reason why I shouldn't recommend the program to others!

Lena Gustke

- Germany

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Benefits Of Becoming A Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Abroad

Wondering what the benefits to wildlife conservation volunteering abroad are? There are boundless advantages of being a volunteer in wildlife conservation projects. Many animals are under serious threat, and facing extinction due to several harmful causes, so as a wildlife conservation volunteer, you can play an active role in the protection of these endangered animals while also observing them in their natural habitat.

Shape your career in the field of wildlife conservation: Being part of a wildlife conservation project and taking care of at-risk animals for their future survival not only gives you lifelong memories but it could also help shape your current or future career in wildlife conservation field. The experience gained through wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities are unmatched and priceless, and could help you advance in in the field of wildlife conservation.

Learn new skills and knowledge: Volunteering on wildlife conservation projects helps you learn new skills and knowledge which is essential for you to complete tasks successfully. As you work with passion and dedication during your volunteering period you will grow as a person and prove your dedication.

You learn to be focused on your goal: You will take a practical role as a volunteer, learning about conservation techniques in animals’ natural habitat, and working towards the ultimate goal - changing the conditions of endangered animals.

Accomplishment: You get to experience a rare sense of accomplishment while volunteering on a meaningful wildlife conservation project. In contrast to the unexciting, even mindless work that many people do, joining this project means you know your work is helping to improve the future for endangered animals.

Cultural sensitivity: As a wildlife conservation volunteer abroad you will learn about gestures, body language, conversational and conservational customs that may differ from your home country. These lessons you learn during your volunteering period are very interesting, and help you develop cultural sensitivity.

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RCDP’s Best Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Abroad projects

RCDP has an awesome collection of inexpensive, safe, reputable and well-organized wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities, with something to suit all different interests, budgets, time constraints, and personal volunteer and travel goals.

Sea turtle conservation project In Costa Rica (Caribbean Coast)

Are you thinking about volunteering on the sea turtle conservation project? RCDP invites you to join its sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, based on the scenic Caribbean Coast, where you have the chance to assist local staff in marine conservation tasks, including working on the sea turtle conservation project.

Sea turtles spend their most of the time in the water, as they swim with their front and back limbs, but they go ashore to lay their eggs in nests on land. However, before the eggs even have time to hatch they face several different dangers, including heavy rains, which can cause high tides to wash away whole nests, and animal predators, which attack the nests looking for food.

This sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica is focused on strengthening turtle populations by protecting them and supporting their breeding efforts. As a volunteer you will help keep the beach pollution free, and help protect both the unhatched eggs and baby turtles.

When you join this project you will be working together with local conservation staff to offer protection and care to the marine life in Costa Rica. During your volunteer work, you will also get to learn about other marine life, including sharks, turtles, and crocodiles.

Embarking on this Marine Project In Costa Rica and being part of the conservation project gives you an experience of a lifetime. Apart from volunteering of course you will have time to experience the vibrant local cultures and traditions.

Turtle Conservation Project In Mexico

The turtle population in Mexico has been decreasing over the past few decades due to unsustainable and harmful fishing practices, devastating human impacts, habitat destruction and so on. Mexico is home to many sea turtle nesting beaches, as well as feeding and mating grounds for several species of sea turtles, yet now these sea turtles are facing extinction, and they need your help and protection more than ever.

As a volunteer on the turtle conservation project in Mexico, you will work in collaboration with local staff to save the sea turtles of Mexico in a number of impactful ways. You will help keep the beach pollution free, protect the eggs and baby turtles, collect and relocate eggs and hatchlings, assist locals with valuable research and data collection, and also providing marine conservation to the local communities.

This volunteer with turtles in Mexico project provides you with an experience of a lifetime, and the amazing feeling of knowing your work has helped to save these vulnerable marine animals for future generations to appreciate and benefit from.

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Marine Project In Costa Rica

The marine project in Costa Rica is one of RCDP’s best wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities as you are based  in the scenic beach resort of Puntarenas in Costa Rica, and have the chance to help local staff in vital marine conservation work.

Costa Rica is rich in its bio-diversity, marine life and natural beauty, however, ongoing construction work and tourism have seriously threatened its marine life and pristine nature.  Several marine species, including sea turtles, are in danger, and need people with determination and a real commitment to protecting them to increase their numbers and secure their future once again.

As a volunteer on this program you will be working together with local conservation staff, offering protection and care to the marine life in Costa Rica. During your volunteer work, you will also get to learn about other marine life, including sharks, turtles, crocodiles and many others.

Getting involves in this marine project in Costa Rica and being part of the conservation project gives you an experience of a lifetime. When you are not volunteering there are plenty of things to do locally, and the chance to enjoy local customs, food and shopping.

Elephant Project in Thailand

Do you enjoy getting up close and personal with the largest land mammals? If so, volunteering on the elephant project in Thailand, one of RCDP’s best wildlife conservation volunteering abroad projects, is what you need to do.

Surin in Thailand is home to more than 400 elephants, and the area is known as the elephant’s province. These elephants used to serve as farming machinery, however since logging was outlawed these elephants had no use, and taking care of them is extremely expensive. Sadly this means many have been abandoned or forced to carry tourists around even though this damages their backs.

Though several non-profit organizations and government agencies are trying to take care of these elephants, they are unable to provide adequate support and care due to the lack of sufficient resources and manpower. Thus, these elephants in Thailand are facing tragic situations these days.

When you join this elephant project in Thailand as a volunteer you will take part in feeding, grooming and caring for these elephants. If you have previous veterinary experience then you can also provide medical treatment with the help of local veterinary personals.

Walking side-by-side with, and being a friend too these giant animals is an amazing experience, and together with the chance to explore Thailand’s fascinating history, culture, natural beauty and delicious cuisine provides you with an experience of a lifetime.

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Elephant Conservation Project in Sri Lanka (Kegalle)

Are you interested in spending time with elephants, including adults, their sick and their young? If so, this elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka is the best wildlife conservation volunteer abroad opportunity for you. RCDP offers a rare opportunity to join a project where you spend your days with these massive animals while also caring for the sick and the young charming elephants. Many elephants living in this sanctuary are old, wounded and sick, and are seeking your help desperately.

As a volunteer on this project you will help these elephants bathe, walk with them to the swimming pools, and feed them every day.  You can check up and provide medical treatment to the elephant with the help of a local veterinary if you have some knowledge of veterinary science. Your assistance and care will help these helpless elephants spend their rest of their days in peace and comfort.

This project consists of three parts: Elephant Conservation, Eco Farming and a Teaching Project., and your roles and responsibilities vary for each. On the eco farming project you will help grow vegetables, fruits and herbs, while on the teaching project you will teach English or other subjects to underprivileged Sri Lankan children.

RCDP has lots of  wildlife conservation volunteer abroad  all over the world. Aside from these volunteer opportunities there are even programs that fall under more specialized categories such as medical student volunteer abroad opportunities, nursing student volunteer abroad opportunities, adventure trips for college students, animal conservation volunteering abroad programs, and so much more. Contact RCDP today to learn more about the places and projects that interest you the most.

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