There are a lot of volunteering opportunities out there and it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. It is important that you fully research your shortlist, check their website and social media or attend an event. It is good to chat to previous volunteers to get the inside story. It is important that you are clear on what activities you will be involved in, how often and over what time...

It is always more fun when volunteers help you with the more stinky jobs of your project. We created a scent trail for the brown hyaenas to follow by dragging a smelly piece of meat on a wire along the road so we could photograph individuals at our waiting camera traps. As scavengers brown hyaenas have an excellent sense of smell so for us the smellier the drag the better! 

Joining a research expedition, giving your time, can be a great way to contribute to conservation efforts, meet like minded people and explore new areas.

I was a scientific team leader for 4 years as part of my brown hyaena research. Volunteers would join the project throughout the year. This allowed me to quickly collect data that alone would have taken considerably longer. Their much needed finan...

Knowing where to start to build a career in conservation can sometimes feel a bit daunting as there many different routes and choices.

I decided that volunteering on a conservation expedition would be the best way forward. Before heading to university, I went to Southern Tanzania for three months during which I would get involved in a variety of different survey techniques from vegetation and small...

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