Pod Volunteer

Animal and Conservation Volunteering Placements

Job description

In this time of uncertainty during the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are monitoring the global situation closely in conjunction with the UK FCO and our local teams on the ground. The health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern and we will only restart placements when it’s safe to do so. It’s not yet clear when this will be but we aren’t accepting new bookings for placements before 1 August 2020.
We want to reassure volunteers that you can feel confident booking an overseas volunteering placement with us and we have introduced extra flexibility to help with this.

Flexible payment terms

We are giving added flexibility on payments. Normally we ask for final payment by eight weeks before start date, but we are reducing this to one month before start date for placements with start dates in 2020. This takes some pressure off volunteers and allows us to see how the situation evolves over the coming months.

Flexible date changes
If any of our volunteers want or need to reschedule (regardless of whether it is related to Coronavirus or not!), we are happy to reschedule for up to 18 months. You just need to let us know one month or more before your placement date and it can be open ended if you aren’t sure when you want to reschedule to. We are keeping this free of charge for maximum flexibility.

Booking flights – wait for now
We normally recommend that volunteers book flights as soon as possible after their placement is confirmed to secure the best deals, but with the current uncertainty, it’s best to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and the airlines can confirm their schedules before booking flights and making other arrangements.

We’d love to help organise your next volunteer adventure, ready for when the world has returned to some kind of normality.

We are looking for volunteers to join our projects for one week plus to support the following projects:

  • Elephant care and conservation
  • Marine and reef conservation
  • Horse rehabilitation
  • Jungle research
  • Wildlife rescue
  • Dog and cat rescue
  • Wildlife centre
  • African wildlife conservation

If you are looking at working with animals or studying a role such as Zoology or Animal Management then you could consider our Animal Care volunteer placements – these placements are set in some amazing travel destinations around the world such as the exotic Caribbean, vibrant India and tropical islands and Thailand.

Students with a passion in conservation research, ecology or marine biology could consider joining our Conservation volunteer projects located in the stunning countries of Belize, Costa Rica, Namibia, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Volunteering overseas is a great way to enhance your CV since volunteering overseas shows potential employees that you are not afraid of working hard, taking on new experiences and working in challenging environments.

What we are looking for


You do not need to have specific qualifications or experience to join our placements as relevant training will be offered whilst at the project.

Our volunteer placements are open to volunteers ages 18 years + and we also run special lead volunteer placements for 16 and 17 year old volunteers each year.

You can contact the Pod team to help you find the right project for you on 01242 241 181.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Number of vacancies
500 plus
Costa Rica
South Africa
Sri Lanka

Contract, dates and working times


Full-time · Part-time

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 25 September 2020

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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