FAQS for ACE Wildlife Volunteering



Do I need to be a student?

No, we sometimes refer to our wildlife conservation travellers as students because when you are on a placement you will be a “student of conservation”.

What is the age range?

Our wildlife conservation travellers are aged from 16 + There’s no upper age limit to be a wildlife enthusiast! You can find out more in our Who Fits Conservation Travel section.

What are the dates?

Most projects run throughout the year and do not have set start dates, so it’s pretty flexible, but we usually organise our transfers Tuesdays – Tuesday. The start dates for the wildlife courses and expeditions can be found on each of the individual webpages.

How long can I go for?

Anything between 2 and 12 weeks.


What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation varies from project to project, but is usually shared rooms with separate shared ablutions and a living/eating area. There is always an outside space where you can sit by the fire under the stars!


Can the projects cater for vegetarians?

Yes of course – the projects are all able to provide a vegetarian option. However, most projects find it more difficult to cater for more specialist dietary requirements. Please let us know in your application form and you can talk to a member of the office team about which projects may be able to cater for you.


Does it matter where I live to apply?

No, we have conservation travellers from all over the world and provide a strong support structure for you, no matter where you live.

Can I book the placement without flights?

Yes, that is no problem, we can arrange any of our projects with or without flights from London, UK. We will reduce the cost of your placement accordingly.


What injections do I need?

As we are not qualified to give medical advice, please contact your doctor or a travel clinic, or MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Traveller Abroad). You may be recommended to have a rabies injection, which is optional. Questions about vaccines and preparations for your trip are also answered in our safety in Africa section.


How much will it cost?

You can find out more about how the placement cost works on the costs and fundraising webpage, and get a good idea of the project costs on each individual project page. Once you have an idea about which project you are interested in and how long you want to go for, contact us and we can give you an exact cost.


Can I go with a friend?

Of course – you can be placed together on the projects and will also be able to fly out together. But you’ll meet some great people out there, so we also ask that you make sure you are part of the group too while at the project.


As you browse through the wildlife conservation projects you’ll find a “Rhino Rating” for each, showing a little “crash of rhino” (our favourite collective term for wildlife!). The rhino rating is there to give you an indication of how challenging a placement at each wildlife conservation project would be. It is designed to help you choose the right project for you: You don’t need to be able to participate in the Iron Man or have travelled the world already – Projects vary in how physical the work is or how remote their location. As long as you bring a bit of an open mind, you will be able to find a project where you fit right in.


The scale below gives rough guidelines of what each rhino rating means in terms of physical demands and overall comfort levels. Since things aren’t always that black or white though, you’ll find additional explanation of the rating chosen under the “rhino rating” tab on each individual project listing.

1 rhino = This project is suitable for all levels of fitness and physical ability. The work is not physically demanding and accommodation and facilities are comfortable (though not luxurious)

2 rhino = This project is suitable for all levels of fitness and physical ability.The work is not overly physically demanding, but you can expect to be on your feet for several hours a day. Accommodation and facilities are basic but comfortable.

3 rhino = This project is suitable for anyone with average levels of fitness and physical ability. You should be able to walk for up to 2 hours, lift weights of up to 10 kg and be physically active throughout the day. Accommodation and facilities are variable – Hot water and electricity can be intermittent / limited.

4 rhino = This project is suitable for participants with good health and fitness. You should be able to walk for several hours in uneven terrain / hot climate, run short distances, be physically active throughout the day and lift weights of 10 kg. Accommodation and facilities might be basic and remote, with limited or no supply of electricity or hot water.

5 rhino = This project is only suitable for participants with strong fitness levels and excellent health. The activities will be physically demanding, with long hours being the norm. Facilities and accommodation are likely to be very basic and remote, without regular access to electricity and running water.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre 2
Care for Wild Africa 4
Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage & Research Project 3
Phinda Wildlife Research Project 2
Naankuse Namibia Predator Research 4
Mangetti Wild Dog & Elephant Protection 4
Elephant & Predator Study & Okavango Experience 3
Hanchi Horseback Conservation 3
Wildlife Capture Team 4
Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience 2
African Wildlife Vets & Capture Experience 3
Coastal Conservation & Education Project 2
Game Ranger Experience 3
African Predator Course 2
Focus on Rhino 3
Okavango Wildlife & Wilderness Expedition 3


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