Volunteering with Animals

Volunteering for Animals Abroad is for anyone who’s passionate about wildlife

Are you passionate about wildlife and want to travel abroad?  Whether you’re a veterinarian, an aspiring vet or simply a passionate animal lover, volunteering overseas on animal welfare projects is an amazing experience, genuine help to people in developing communities and a great addition to any resume.

While volunteering overseas you’re likely to come in contact with exotic or unfamiliar animals that you are not used to in your home country.   For instance, snakes, elephants, kangaroos, large cats, monkey’s etc etc!

IVI have 1 week placements starting from US$335 + application fee.

Responsible Treatment of Wildlife is an importnat Consideration

We are very passionate about ensuring that our animal placements do not support cruel animal ‘tourism’ practises.   We would never recommend a project which is not aligned to our values in this area.  For example, the Elephant Adventure program’s purpose is to sustain tourism, it’s to sustain the elephant population and surrounding natural environment in a very remote region of Thailand well off the beaten tourist trail.   Caring for elephants is a very resource heavy process.   They eat a lot!   Volunteers assist the local people in caring for these animals in their natural habitat by gathering sugarcane and banana trees etc.   This alone makes a massive difference by supplementing existing resourcing which is heavily constrained by local economic issues.

Other projects such as sea turtle conservation Bali are located in non tourist areas and are designed primarily to support the local habitat and local community.  In many developing countries there is a much higher incident rate of animal neglect, and therefore also a great need for volunteer assistance.

Providing care advice for wildlife

Breeding normally happens in the spring which can be a dangerous time for native wildlife.   Hundreds of various species are killed or injured every year hit by cars tragically.   Others are maimed, injured or killed by cats and dogs domestically.  There are many ways to limit your impact on native wildlife.  
Whilst also making a real difference to your environment, overpopulation during Spring means the local wildlife services are inundated with litters of kittens and puppies.  Summer can also be dangerous for wildlife with the hgh temperatures, humidity as well as plenty of nasty tickswhich can cause paralysis and even death in some breeds.   There are plenty of  easy tips to help ensure that pets stay safe in the summer.
Foods such as garlic, onion, grapes, cooked bones, macadamia nuts and chocolate can be quite toxic and even fatal to some dogs.  IF you are going away on holiday and having someone at home to look after your dog or cat make sure to advise them of these important factors when considering ways to keep your pets safe.

Why would you choose IVI for an overseas adventure?

Based on over 27 years of experience in supporting global volunteer with animals abroad placements we have a careful selection of worthwhile, affordable wildlife projects in amazing destinations.   We’re a non-profit organisation with values deeply rooted in volunteerism and a proven track record of highly affordable quality projects.   Volunteering allows you to develop your own personal and professional skills while experiencing new cultures to expand your understanding of your place in this great world we share!

In all placements you’ll receive a supervisor who is responsible for ensuring you have the support necessary to carry out the well needed work.   Shadowing professionals is normally involved so you can gain hands-on experience and ask questions.

You may work in a vet surgery or animal centre or involvement in local community education programs or rehabilitation centres…   The placements are varied and worthwhile.

Who can apply to participate in these types of programs?

Veterinary interns are especially needed to work alongside professionals to develop new ways of thinking and to supplement local resourcing due to severe cost constraints found in developing countries.   Sadly, animal welfare is not always a significant concern in regions where human social & economical development issues exist.   For this reason, animal welfare in developing countries is particularly needed.

In most cases, no experience is required to be accepted into the projects.   Just a love of animals and a desire to work hard and do good for the local wildlife and community.

Have you ever wondered what programs would work for you?   Some of the available projects include;