Placements with all ages volunteering.

Some of our placements can only accept volunteers once they are 18 years or older. However, there are a few who will accept volunteers of all ages. Some look for parental or guardian consent and others look for the under age volunteers to have an older volunteer with them. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety

AEI is committed to ensuring our volunteers find an Experience that will be a good match for them. To better assess your expectations and determine what Experience – both animal and cultural – would be best for you, consider taking our AEI Personal Assessment (we are currently developing our AEI Personal Assessment). To help you find your perfect Experience, we have assessed the needs of each Placement Partner and listed the type of volunteer Experience that each offers.  To better understand our terminology, please refer to this table that breaks down what each Experience is looking for in an AEI client. 

Medical Placements
Entry
Advanced
Specialized
Suitable for anyone having received AEI training.

May include: handling the animals, collecting samples (such as hair, fecal samples), feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, working with orphaned animals.
Suitable for Veterinary Technicians/Nurses and Veterinary Science (including Veterinary Technician and Nursing) Students.

May include: blood collection, lab work, IV catheter placement, anesthetic monitoring, administering medication, tube feeding, assisting with dentistry, assisting with x-rays.
Suitable for Veterinarians.

May include: Physical exams and assessments, diagnostic testing, medical treatments, sample collection, emergency medicine, anesthesia, surgery, euthanasia, dentistry, radiography, necropsy.
Standard Placements
Entry
Advanced
SpecializeD
Suitable for anyone having received AEI training.

May include: Data entry, cage construction, facility maintenance, help with fundraising activities.
Suitable for students specializing in a particular field who have experience in areas that would benefit AEI partner organizations.

May include: graphic design, writing and editing, fundraising, enclosure design.
Suitable for professionals in their field who want to aid animal sanctuaries by volunteering their expertise, whether it be through consultation, services or teaching.

May include: lawyers, engineers, teachers, business administrators, fundraisers, photographers.

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Dolphins in Croatia. Clients must be 16 years or older.

Greek Sea TurtlesConservation, Education and Monitoring of European Dolphins.Conservation and research volunteers are needed right now to help protect the last resident Bottlenose Dolphins in the north-eastern Adriatic Sea. By working closely with marine biologists, volunteers become “citizen scientists” directly involved with dolphin monitoring. Monitoring the number of dolphins remaining in this area will let people learn more about the plight of the dolphins.

This placement is suitable for many volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Standard volunteer.

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Dogs in Mexico. Clients must be 15 years or older. 

Humane dog and cat population management and education.Their mission is to reduce the pet overpopulation problem through an ethical and humane program. This organization focuses their efforts on three main objectives. Their educational campaign promotes responsible pet ownership and targets school-aged children and the general public. Their spay and neuter clinics offer low cost pet sterilization to members of the community.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer. Educators are needed to have a good grasp on the Spanish language. Spanish lessons are available while in Aguascalientes.

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Dogs in Spain. Family programs available. Individual clients must be 16 years or older.

SpainGalgo rescue, care and adoption in the south of Spain.As “hunting dogs” these dogs are not seen as companion animals and often have difficult lives filled with neglect and abuse. Falling under the category of agricultural animals, they are not protected by Spanish law or given the same level of care that other house animals receive. Travelling all over Spain, this group rescues abandoned and abused Galgos from horrific situations.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer.

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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation in Costa Rica. Family volunteering available- no age minimum. Individual clients must be 16 years or older.

 Provide care for sick and injured adults sea turtles.You will volunteer on a project in the Osa Peninsula which offers volunteers a unique opportunity to help with a scientific study involving Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Volunteers assist with in water research and conservation projects to assess the threats that sea turtles are exposed to in the area.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer.

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Elephants in Thailand. Clients must be 16 years or older.

Elephant care and handling in a sanctuary. Elephants have no laws to protect them from abuse or mistreatment. The mission of this elephant rescue centre is to stop the suffering of these magnificent creatures. They do this by providing a sanctuary for neglected and mistreated elephants that would otherwise be living on the streets of Bangkok or other large cities. Volunteers take part in every part of the elephant's care at this sanctuary. Everything from bathing to feeding to harvesting the elephants food.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer.

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Sea Turtles Conservation in Sri Lanka. Family programs available. Individual clients must be 16 years or older.

sri lanka Conservation, Education and Rehabilitation of sea turtles in Sri Lanka.The boxing day Tsunami affected Kosgoda, Sri Lanka tremendously. It wasn't just the turtle population but also the human population. Hundreds of metres of beach were lost and so were people's livelihoods. Fishing was compromised and even the local tourism industry saw a dramatic decline. Many people are now dependent on the selling of turtle eggs and jewelry made from the shells of Hawksbill turtles.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer.

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Wildlife and Primates in Thailand. Clients must be 16 years or older.

Wildlife and primate care in a sanctuary.Wild animals in Thailand are experiencing pressures from many sources – loss of habitat, hunting, the illegal pet trade, use of animals by the entertainment industry, and cruelty and abuse by people. In an attempt to help native wildlife this organization runs several projects including hands-on wildlife rescue, medical care, wildlife rehabilitation, community education and research.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer.

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Sea Turtles in Greece. Clients must be 16 years or older.

Greek Sea Turtles Turtles from all over Greece need your help.For thousands of years fishermen, fish and sea turtles have lived in balance along the coasts of Greece. But during the last decades this situation has changed dramatically and all species of sea turtles in Greece are now threatened with extinction. In response to this crisis, our partner organization opened one of the first sea turtle rescue centres in the Mediterranean, where injured sea turtles can be brought for medical treatment and rehabilitation. This placement has hands hands on tasks with the turtles every day.

This placement is suitable for all volunteers. Tasks can be changed to better suit the needs for any Medical or Standard volunteer.

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We are in the development stages of our AEI Personal Assessment for our clients. We want to place you in the best Experience possible! Until then visit our search page.