Animal & Wildlife Conservation
Fuel your passion for animal care by working to protect threatened animals, their habitats and the people that depend on them.
Stand Up for Animals In-Need
Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of animals?
- Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding animal & wildlife conservation
- Spend time up-close and personal with elephants, giant tortoises, or rescue animals such as cats and dogs
- Work side-by-side with your teen animal volunteer team as you help find homes for animals who have been injured or abandoned
- Contribute to sustainable habitat projects that will help these animals to flourish
GLA Animal & Wildlife Conservation Programs
On this program, students will discover the two crown jewels of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon jungle. Students will spend one week in Rio de Janerio, volunteering within the local community, visiting famous beaches, and seeing iconic landmarks. For the two weeks in the Amazon jungle, students will participate in jaguar conservation efforts, climb high above the jungle canopy, and truly experience life off the grid.
Cats and dogs are loved and cared for by people all around the world. But sometimes they're neglected or abandoned by these same people. Students on this program will do hands-on volunteer work alongside veterinarians and animal experts to help rehabilitate these animals in need. Observe the intake, surgery and postoperative procedures, and help repair critical infrastructure and provide positive social interaction with the animals that bring comfort to their lives.
On this program, take your compassion for animals and the environment to the next level. You'll help an organization that is protecting the endangered wild Thai elephant population by providing a safe corridor to water for the elephants. Learn about the plight of both the wild and the domestic elephant, and discuss the complexities of elephant tourism and human-wild elephant conflict. Students will travel and volunteer in several regions of Thailand - making this program a true expedition in every sense of the word!
On this program, you'll live and work on the beautiful coast of Costa Rica, assisting a turtle conservation organization with critical efforts to preserve the natural areas where this endangered species lives. Ensuring that the turtle population will thrive for generations depends largely on our ability to educate the local community and protect the places where turtles nest. With the right timing and luck, you might be rewarded with the sight of turtles hatching.
The Galapagos is world-famous for the diversity of its plants and animals. On this program, be immersed in it all as you volunteer at a tortoise refuge center, digging up invasive plants, helping with groundwork and preparing habitat for the tortoises. Elsewhere, dig up rocks and plant trees to help protect endemic species and restore the natural habitat of local wildlife. You may also work on a physical project to benefit members of the local community.
On this program, you'll experience life on a game reserve. You'll shadow wildlife conservationists in the South African bush and join them on game drives to observe animals and learn modern methods of sustainably preserving the region’s endangered species. You'll also help the conservation team eradicate an invasive plant species, learn about anti-poaching, undertake a snare patrol to identify leopards, and learn from passionate wildlife protectors about their personal experiences fighting poachers.
On this program, students will split their time between working with gentle Asian elephants and teaching English to children. You'll spend one week volunteering at an elephant sanctuary, where you'll help by harvesting organic elephant food, feeding the animals and helping with daily tasks of the sanctuary. For the other week of the program, you'll volunteer at a local primary school teaching English to enthusiastic students who have had limited exposure to foreigners.