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Ask a Travel Agent: Volunteering on Holiday

I’ve recently started volunteering in my local community, mostly with animals and wildlife. I’m really interested in working with more exotic wildlife – do you know of anywhere I can do this on holiday? And would I need to have a work visa or specific qualifications to do so? I’m open to ideas, I’d just like to do some good on my next trip!

A new regular feature from Charitable Traveller Magazine, our team of experts answer your travel queries. In the hot seat this month is Melissa Tilling, founder of Charitable Travel

I've recently started volunteering in my local community, mostly with animals and wildlife. I'm really interested in working with exotic wildlife - do you know of anywhere I can do this on holiday? And would I need to have a work visa or specific qualifications to do so? I'm open to ideas, I'd just like to do some good on my next trip!

Verity Jones

Melissa:  For volunteering with exotic wildlife on your holiday, it’s essential to choose programmes that prioritise the welfare of animals and have a positive impact on conservation efforts. Charitable Travel has a clear policy on proper engagement with wildlife which means, among other points, no contact so please be mindful of that. Destinations such as Costa Rica, South Africa, India and Thailand offer opportunities to work nearby wildlife under carefully guided conditions. Requirements vary by programme; some may require specific skills, while others provide training on-site.

 A work visa might not be necessary for volunteer work, but this depends on the destination’s regulations.
Always check visa requirements and the credentials of the volunteering programme to ensure it aligns with ethical and sustainable practices. Charitable Travel has a range of volunteering opportunities for while you’re on holiday

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This is a feature from Issue 21 of Charitable Traveller.
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