Groups that are particularly interested in environmental conservation and wildlife are a great fit for these programs. Whether it’s learning about caring for elephants from a mahout in Thailand or lending a hand on a giant panda conservation in China, these programs not only allow students to learn about the issues affecting wildlife around the world, but also gain practical experience with experts in the field.
Thailand – Thai Elephant Conservation:
Live and work at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, the largest elephant conservation center in Southeast Asia. Learn about the ancient bond between elephants and their mahouts, or elephant keepers, in the tranquil forested mountains of northern Thailand. Work with restoration ecologists from Chiang Mai University who are developing methods to quickly and sustainably restore the forests.
China – Giant Panda Conservation Project:
Spend time with adorable giant pandas in this incredible adventure that’s perfect for animal lovers or students with an interest in animal conservation. Get hands-on experience working with this endangered species by helping staff at the CPC Wolong Nature Center in Sichuan. Monitor the pandas’ diet, clean and maintain their living spaces, and contribute to ongoing research
Australia – You, a ‘Roo and Australia Zoo:
Volunteer at Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo, located in Queensland! Go behind the scenes and perform zoo tasks in various animal departments. Learn from the zookeepers as you assist them with their duties and participate in conservation workshops. Get up close and personal with wombats, wallabies, echidnas, and kangaroos. Then use your new skills to help at a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center.