Placements that are looking for animal care volunteers.

Interested in helping our Placement Partners but have no formal training?

Many people feel empathy towards animals and would love the opportunity to work with them, but feel they lack sufficient training or experience. To participate in an AEI Experience, you need only have a passion for animals and a desire to help – we provide the rest! AEI Experiences are non-medical placements that provide you with the training and guidance that will have you volunteering directly with the animals. AEI’s Placement Partners provide real-world training that allows you to learn at your own pace. You will be responsible for cage enrichment, preparing diets, feeding the animals, and helping to keep them clean, while learning about the husbandry and natural history of the animals in your care. Build on the foundations of your education and past animal involvement, or develop new skills working with exciting species and projects. AEI Experiences are great for students and new graduates looking for additional experience to help in the job market or when applying to professional schools. Whether you would like to gain more animal experience in general or are interested in learning specific skills, AEI has the experience for you!

AEI Experiences are non-structured placements – built around your interests, your particular skill set and your schedule. AEI Experiences are project-based, working with Placement Partners that are well established in their communities. We can develop a placement for you that will allow you to contribute to a valuable project and provide you with the opportunity to travel and experience the country in which you are visiting.

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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Dogs in Bhaktapur Nepal.

Help street dogs.There are more than 20,000 street dogs in Kathmandu. Working with this Placement Partner will have you humanely treat the street dog problem through a community changing spay, neuter and release program. Medical, education and animal care positions are available. Help this placement partner create a city where cruelty towards animals is eliminated.

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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Dogs Rescue and Care in Kenya.

pokharaHumane care and socialisation so dogs can be adopted in Nairobi.This shelter doesn't just pick these animals up - they rescue them. All of the animals that have been brought to the centre will have the chance to be adopted in the community. To ensure these adoptions are successful, the staff and volunteers do everything they can to make these animals feel safe again.

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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Dogs in Mexico

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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Sea Turtle and Mangrove conservation in Guatemala.

volunteerWork directly with sea turtle eggs, hatchlings and adults in order to conserve their populations.Tragically, the Pacific leatherback turtle is nearing extinction with only 2000 individuals remaining in the entire Pacific ocean. Turtle populations are declining rapidly due to the industrial longline tuna and swordfish fisheries as well as unregulated egg poaching on nesting beaches. The conservation program operates successful sea turtle hatcheries, carries out research on sea turtles, and educates local communities about the need to conserve the natural resources on which they depend.

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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Bats and Flying Foxes in Australia.

Sick, injured and orphaned flying foxes and bat care in a hospital setting.Bats have long been the victims of negative public opinion, and this coupled with loss a habitat, are the root causes of many problems facing the conservation of bats. The hospital dedicates its efforts to rescuing sick, injured and orphaned bats and treats all four species of Australian flying foxes,and a few microbats such as Little Free-tailed bats and Becarrii’s Free-tailed bats.

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 in Australia.

Rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife in West Australia.This is an opportunity of a lifetime - working with native Australian wildlife in a quiet bushland setting, surrounded by gorgeous National Park. The main focus of this wildlife centre is a commitment to the protection and welfare of native wildlife. Participate in the rehabilitation, captive breeding and education programs at this Western Australia wildlife rehabilitation centre.

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 in Indonesia.

Participate in the care and rehabilitation of confiscated wildlife and primates from the illegal trade in Indonesia.Our partner’s mission is to support the government law enforcement agencies through conservation education and advocacy, facilitating the placement of confiscated wildlife, by treating and rehabilitating confiscated animals with the goal to release them back to the wild, providing long-term care for those animals that cannot be released and supporting the protection of wildlife and their habitats..

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Sea Turtles Conservation in Sri Lanka.

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 jewellery 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.

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.

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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Elephants in Thailand.

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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Wildlife in Guatemala.

Rehabilitate animals rescued from the animal trafficking trade. Volunteers at this rescue center help in feeding and caring for the animals at the center which include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, boa constrictors (pictured), coatimundis, tayras and kinkajous.  Nearly all of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention.

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.

 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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Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica.

 Collect sea turtle eggs and provide care for sick and injured hatchling sea turtles.You will volunteer on beaches which are nesting sites for many Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles who come to lay their eggs here. Without the help of this organization, 100% of the eggs laid by these magnificent creatures along the beach would be taken by poachers.

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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Dogs in Sierra Leone.

Humane animal population management.Already in poor health, it is common for these stray dogs to die from starvation and from lack of shelter. The feral dog population also poses a very serious health risk to the people of Sierra Leone through dog bite injuries and the transmission of rabies.

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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Adult Sea Turtle Care in Australia.

turtleProvide care to turtles who live in the Great Barrier Reef.This organization was formed in 2000 by concerned local marine biologists, veterinary health workers and scientists who recognized the need to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles. Together they come to the aid of sea turtles year round, addressing their medical problems, nursing them to health and when they are well, returning them once again to the ocean.

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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Dogs in Spain.

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 Conservation in Greece.

Greek Sea Turtles Turtles from all over Greece need your help.Help protect Loggerhead Turtles, Green Turtles and Leatherbacks along the coasts of Greece. Through patrolling the beach, identifying and then monitoring nest sites you can help ensure that the next generation of sea turtles makes it safely to the sea. Join this group as they work to educate the public, and actively protect the sea turtles of Greece.

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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