Volunteering Abroad

Make a difference through community, environmental, wildlife & marine conservation volunteer projects around the world.

Our Countries to Volunteer Abroad

Costa Rica

Zimbabwe

South Africa

Peru

Zambia

Zanzibar

Mexico

Tanzania

Guatemala

Volunteering with Volunteer Encounter

Volunteer Encounter is dedicated to wildlife and environmental conservation as well as community development and commitment to making a difference in the world, leaving our mark one volunteer project at a time.

For us, true conservation and community empowerment go hand in hand and we believe they can only be achieved from a holistic approach tackling both at the same time. That is why we strive to benefit the community through wildlife and environmental education, not only to make a difference to their lives but to also ensure our conservation efforts will be successful, with the surrounding communities onboard. 

We have an extensive footprint across the world’s most magical continent, Africa, where we proudly offer amazing volunteer opportunities in conservation and community development since 2004! But over the past year, and with our 15 years of experience in the African continent, we have decided to spread our wings across the Atlantic and make an impact in Latin America, widely recognized as the most unequal continent in the world but also the most diverse and culturally rich and vibrant one! Latin America offers the opportunity to go MAD (make a difference) in community development, marine conservation, jaguar conservation, cultural exchange, jungle conservation and more. We are so excited to offer these opportunities to you!

From short term volunteering and gap year travel to internships and group travel, the time is now for you to explore your skillset, learn a new skill, benefit others around you, boost your CV with your new-found experience, all whilst making a long-lasting impact on those around you. What’s more? You will have an incredible, rewarding and insanely fun adventure, with the opportunity to also explore what’s on offer in your chosen country. Adventure and the experience of a lifetime begins here, just bring yourself! 

Renee

I completed three weeks of volunteering in Costa Rica and there is nothing I can say more than how amazing it was. The project was far away from the city in a poorer area. Everyone is incredibly warm and welcoming, it makes the transition into a foreign country that much easier. The children are the sweetest gems I’ve ever met and while the language barrier can be challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I also enjoyed free salsa classes and cooking classes which are great. One person I’ll never forget is my host mom, she is the kindest and sweetest soul. Always went out of her way to make sure we were well fed and comfortable. If you’re considering a trip like this definitely go for it!

Different Volunteer Project Categories

Wildlife & Conservation

Photography

Community Projects

Marine Conservation

Horse Volunteering

Environmental Conservation

Tourism & Hospitality

Combination Projects

Why Volunteer with us?

Our organization has been operating professional and sustainable volunteer projects at Antelope Park, Victoria Falls and Livingstone since 2004 and we are so proud of how our projects have developed and the difference they have already made in conservation and community development. Our projects have now grown across the continent and beyond from Cairo to Cape Town and Mexico to Peru in Latin America, where we continue to grow, offering new and exciting opportunities to our volunteers, while also making a difference worldwide.

We have a huge and permanent commitment both to the communities we work with and with all of our volunteers who choose us as their trusted agency to travel abroad with and make an impact. We always work with organization and community leaders to establish what their needs are and how we can help them achieve their goals. We never start projects without community buy-in and we are always looking to play a part in helping the community achieve their own goals. On the other hand, we are 100% committed to our volunteers and to ensure they have an amazing experience overseas, are always safe and supported by our professional team and make sure their ideas are heard and their time and money are put to good use ensuring they can also achieve their personal goals.

We live and breathe Africa and those are our roots and where it all started back in 2004! But we are ready to increase our footprint to Latin America, discovering new territories and working to make a bigger impact worldwide and that´s why we are also setting roots in this magical continent. And to do so we also work with knowledgable and professional members who are originally from this continent and have that first-hand knowledge on it, exactly as we do in Africa! We always employ local people in our projects looking to generate economic benefits to the host communities as well as taking in the vast wealth of knowledge they have on their own countries!

We provide 24/7 support to our volunteers from the moment they first enquire about joining one of our projects. We are always there for you and have teams on the ground made of professional members who will be there to help you enjoy this experience and answer any question or concerns that you may have! Most projects also see staff members living in the same property as you so they are there non-stop to guide you through your amazing volunteer experience!

Whether we run the projects ourselves or we partner with different organizations, we have a clear guide on ethical practices and how to run long-lasting, sustainable and impactful volunteer projects. Our partners, our volunteers and ourselves have to abide by a clear code of conduct as well as follow our child protection policy. We promote ethical and sustainable tourism by putting clear aims and goals together for each project and making them ‘SMART’ -Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and setting a Time period in which to achieve this. We ensure all of our volunteers go through an in-depth comprehensive induction upon arrival so to explain our aims and goals on the different projects, safety instructions and our code of conduct.

Our 6 most requested volunteer projects

Photography

Help us to raise awareness of our community and conservation efforts through the power of your lens, with stunning photo opportunities.

Location: Victoria Falls

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Marine Conservation

Discover the hype of Africa’s most exquisite destinations, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar, as you work towards increasing tourism to support the country & carry out vital research on the dolphin population. 

Location: Zanzibar

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Big 5 Project

Make a difference to South Africa’s big 5 volunteer project. Work to preserve the conservation for future generations. 

Location: Kruger National Park

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Teaching & Lion Conservation

Get involved in providing vital individualised teaching assistance to kids in local schools, while getting involved with our conservation efforts.

Location: Antelope Park

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

African Equestrian Volunteering

Discover incredible wildlife and scenery from the saddle, while taking part in vital stable mgt, with incredible horse activities on offer.

Location: Antelope Park

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Building & Construction

Get ready to make a difference in community development by helping to create infrastructures such as housing, schools, churches, and community centres.

Location: Cusco

Duration: 1 – 12 weeks

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