There is no ‘right time’ in life to be engaged in conservation and environmental volunteering, or to follow your passion for working with animals. Skills and experience are not necessarily prerequisites; rather you should have energy and a passion for your work, whether that is volunteering on marine conservation studies, working in the rainforest with indigenous people, saving turtles on the beach or helping manage the stray urban cats and dogs of a developing city.
Conservation and wildlife projects are rarely the priority for a community that has much bigger needs, but often the issues are interlinked and the support and interest of international volunteers helps generate new solutions to parallel problems. For example, poverty created by no work can be turned around by engagement in conservation activity that attracts tourists.
Volunteering opportunities for those interested in the environment, wildlife and conservation are available in: