Volunteer for Wildlife — Different Kind of Safari Adventure

What do you think about your next holidays? Do you want to do something different? Have you considered the possibility that you could volunteer for the wildlife in Africa?

Typically, when you go on a safari vacation, you might spend up to 7-10 days surrounded by wildlife. Some travelers might think that it is not enough to fully explore the African wildlife.

One of the options available is to get involved with volunteering organizations. By doing so, you will get more out of your holiday. So, plan your next African holiday around volunteering!

Moreover, volunteering is not only a vacation option!

Here are a few reasons why people sign up to volunteer in Africa:

  • Volunteering is a way of life.
  • Use their skills to help others.
  • Make a difference in people’s lives.
  • Build up their CVs to get ahead in their careers.
  • Take a gap year.
Volunteer for wildlife — teaching assistant opportunities from goeco.
From GoEco

Regardless of the reasons why you decide to volunteer, it is a fulfilling experience. You will learn new things and spend more time around wildlife.

There are different volunteering projects available in Africa. The length of the projects ranges from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Who Can Volunteer?

There are many ways that you can volunteer in Africa. You could go by yourself or be part of a group (friends, college students, work colleagues).

Moreover, you can make it a family affair. There are projects available for family volunteering, specially designed for children and parents. Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to teach children the importance of helping others.

If you are looking to take a gap year, you can combine more than one volunteering project. Why not get involved in a wildlife conservation project with a humanitarian cause or a community project?

Also, volunteering is not only for youngsters! Many volunteer organizations are looking for individuals over 50 years old for their projects. They want mentors willing to share their experience and expertise with underprivileged children.

GoEco was founded in 2005 by Jonathan Gilben and Jonathan Tal. GoEco has different projects in the following countries in Africa:

  • South Africa.
  • Zimbabwe.
  • Tanzania.
  • Ghana.
  • Zambia.
  • Kenya.
  • Seychelles Islands.

There is a broad range of volunteering projects you can choose from.

Here are some of the projects available:

  • Wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Wildlife conservation of endangered species.
  • Humanitarian projects involve education and community development.

GoEco Volunteer Projects in Africa


The GoEco Wildlife Projects offer a broad range of activities. For instance, you might choose to volunteer at a wildlife orphanage. Help take care of injured, abandoned, or abused animals.

In Africa, elephants and humans have been fighting over the occupation of the territory for eons.

The main culprit is the expanding human population that encroaches on the elephant territory.

Volunteer for wildlife — wildlife rehabilitation project in africa.
From GoEco

Moreover, GoEco has a research project in South Africa in which you can be involved. The research project consists of gathering data by monitoring the movement of the elephants and their feeding patterns.

The purpose of this study is to understand the elephant’s behaviors and provide them with an adequate environment to ensure their survival.


A very enjoyable way to volunteer is through a wildlife photography project, especially if you are an avid photographer. GoEco has a few wildlife photography projects in Zimbabwe. You will photograph the wildlife of the Zambezi National Park and Victoria Falls.

The wildlife photography project serves a double purpose:

  • Educational tools to raise awareness in local communities about wildlife conservation.
  • Build a photographic database for animal identification.

GoEco has many volunteer projects in Africa about wildlife and environmental conservation.

In the Kruger National Park, there is a research project going on about the rhinoceros. As a volunteer, your task will be to collect data and monitor the rhinoceroses population.

Lions are now considered to be an endangered species. Their number has dramatically dropped over the last 30 years. Back in 1975, the lion population in Africa was estimated at 200,000.

Nowadays, the number of lions remaining in Africa is around 23,000 to 39,000. This corresponds to a decline of 80-90% of its population!

In South Africa and Zambia, there are projects in place to help restore the lion population. As a volunteer, you will be involved in gathering data about the lion’s behaviors.

For instance, collect data about the breeding and hunting habits of the lion. Also, you will go on night drives to gather information about their nocturnal activities.

Other GoEco’s projects are dedicated to marine wildlife conservation initiatives. One of the projects is in the Seychelles Islands. It is a diving adventure to monitor the coral reef and collect information about marine wildlife along the African coastline.

Volunteer for wildlife — coral reef conservation project.
From GoEco


Because of the overwhelming poverty throughout the Dark Continent, volunteering in Africa also includes humanitarian projects.

GoEco has projects targeting education, community development, and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

One of the principal scourges in Africa is without a doubt HIV/AIDS. Many projects are in place to raise awareness as well as to educate adults and children about HIV/AIDS.

You can also volunteer in orphanages, take care of children or teach kids English and Math.

Also, you can have a positive influence on the children’s life by sharing your life experience and giving them attention and care.

Volunteer for wildlife — goeco school teaching in africa.
From GoEco

Furthermore, you can use your skills to help improve the quality of life of the local community. Get involved in building, restoring, and repairing rundown facilities.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

Volunteering is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. There is a myriad of projects available. So, you will surely find something that appeals to you!

Volunteering is for all ages! No matter if you are a young professional looking to take a gap year or a retiree looking to share their life’s experience by being a mentor.

While on the African continent, you can make a difference in people’s lives and have fun at the same time.

Combine your volunteer work with some outdoor adventures to get the most out of your stay in Africa. Such activities include game drives, bush walks, and sightseeing of famous landmarks to only name a few!

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If you have any questions or would like to share your volunteering experiences, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

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Sonia Zannoni

My name is Sonia, a traveler enthusiast and the CEO of Wildlife Safari Adventures. My goal with Wildlife Safari Adventures is to provide insightful information to help you better plan your African travels. Are you ready to uncover the many facets of the Dark Continent?

6 thoughts on “Volunteer for Wildlife — Different Kind of Safari Adventure”

  1. Wow, this actually looks amazing!! Something I’d definitely be interested in – although I do tend to resent paying ridiculous amounts of money to do volunteer work!!

    Your site looks amazing, by the way!! I think Africa is such an amazing place to travel – I’ve only been to SA and Zambia, but I’ll definitely be ticking some more countries off in this beautiful continent at some point in the future – and will be sure to return to this site when I do!! =)


    • Even though you might not be willing to pay for doing volunteer work, you should see this from a different perspective, which is the following: usually, when we go on a vacation, we want to experience something different, take a break from our crazy life and the routine, and sometimes, you pay a great deal of money and might end up bored because you are thinking that you should be doing something useful?

      Well, in that case, why not combine a vacation with volunteering! You will feel good about yourself because you are making a difference and helping others. Also by combining it with a vacation will allow you to discover the breathtaking landscapes of Africa or go on an outdoor adventure while volunteering!

  2. Hi Sonia,
    What a great article. I’ve been playing with the idea of volunteering. Conservation of wildlife is my main concern, so this article provided me with very useful information. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome! I hope that you decide to volunteer, you won’t regret it! And GoEco is a great volunteer organization that you should definitely keep in mind for doing volunteer work for wildlife projects.

      Volunteering for the wildlife gives you an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those animals and is a more hands-on approach in helping to protect the wildlife.

  3. Hi Sonia,
    So interesting, something I never thought of. Not only do you get a “vacation,” but also the satisfaction of doing good and helping others. Great idea!!

    • Volunteering is a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. Planning your vacation around volunteering is an alternative to a more traditional holiday, in which you spend your time visiting landmarks or doing nothing… Except maybe relax under the sun! Many volunteers that I know, who are doing volunteer work regularly, told me that volunteering has had a positive impact on their personal lives and changed them for the better.


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