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WWF expedition team with WWF Malaysia staff and volunteers. Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia. 27 June 2009 
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Apply to the WWF Young Adult Volunteer and Internship Programme

The WWF recruits young adults, aged 19 to 27, for volunteer and intern assignments located in Africa, Asia/Pacific & Latin America, as well as at WWF International offices around the Globe. Since 2005, the WWF Young Adult Volunteer & Internship Programme has hosted over 350 volunteers & interns, representing over 49 nationalities since the programme’s launch. Whether you want to get out into the field or engaged in one of WWF's priority conservation programmes in such areas as policy & advocacy, communications, fundraising etc. WWF will invest its time, energy and resources to enable you to experience first hand what conservation work is all about.

If you want to join the WWF Young Adult Volunteer & Internship Programme, we request you adhere to our values and behavioural compentencies, which are: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, and Innovate Fearlessly.

All WWF volunteer and internship opportunities are posted on our current openings page, along with any ‘virtual’ volunteer opportunities. Openings are posted as soon as they become available. 
  1. Fill in and submit your WWF Volunteer and Intern Programme application form
  2. If your application is accepted, an email will be sent asking you to submit supporting documents: CV, employer & personal references, writing samples. (WWF templates can be downloaded on this page)
  3. Following the review of supporting documents, the next stage is an interview on skype, zoom, or google hangouts. This is organized and carried out by the hosting office.
  4. If you are accepted into the WWF Volunteer programme, you'll be sent all relevant information regarding your assignment, and what you'll need to get done in the meantime.
  5. DON'T GIVE UP! If you don't make it the first time round, don't give up. If there is one quality that we admire, it will be the fact that you don't give up. How will you know when new positions will be open so you can re-apply? The best way to stay informed is to check the openings page on a regular basis. Openings are also listed on WWF's LinkedIn career page and job Tweets.
Apply to the WWF Volunteer and Intern Programme today by filling out the application form below.

Before You Apply

  • Please carefully read the tasks involved and ensure you meet the requirements (i.e. skills and competencies). For assignments in Madagascar & Cameroon, it is essential you have a good level of French. Likewise, Spanish is required for Latin America.
  • Please download and read the Background Information/Application Preamble below to find out the benefits if you are selected for an assignment.
  • Our advice would be to construct your answers in a word document, then copy & paste them into this form. It also means you will have a backup copy.  You may also email your application to yvp@wwfint.org.

WWF Volunteer & Internship Application Form

  • Financial obligations

  • Are you able to afford, upon acceptance to the programme, your roundtrip airfare, visa, vaccinations, food and personal items? This could come to approx. Euro 2,500 depending on location & duration of the assignment

    If your answer is "No" your application will be reviewed, but all candidates are encouraged to actively seek sponsorship. WWF covers accommodation, local transport, medical insurance, coaching, logistics & coordination of the programme.
  • Identification

    A few facts about yourself...

    Please do not use initials or abbreviations.

  • (year, month, day)
  • Are you

  • Contact Information

  • Please ensure you include your postal code.
  • (include any applicable country, area, city codes, extensions)
  • (include any applicable country, area, city codes, extensions)
  • Languages & Locations

    Please be aware you need to speak French to apply for openings in Cameroon, Madagascar & Senegal. Likewise Spanish for assignments in Latin America.

  • What's your French like?

  • What's your Spanish like?

  • Please indicate for which opening you are applying for. Please note the requirements of the placement (language, skill sets)
  • Current status

  • I am a...

  • Education

    Please tell us about your current or most relevant education...

  • Tell us more about what the course involved.
  • Relevant Paid Work and Volunteer Experience

    Tell us about the most relevant experience that you have had (now or in the past) that you feel would help your application.

  • Type

  • What tasks or duties did you have to carry out.
  • Lifestyle and Motivation Questions

  • Say you get offered the chance to go, what do you think it will be like, what do you see yourself doing, and what do you hope to achieve? This isn't a trick question, it's just so that - if you are chosen - we can properly orientate you to what it is going to be like, and what you are likely to get out of it.
  • Recap, checklist and references...

    If your application is taken forward, WWF will ask you to have one each of the employer's and personal reference forms completed. Family members cannot provide references. You may also be required to provide a copy of your passport biodata.

    Good luck!

  • OK - have you answered all the questions and completed all the relevant fields above?

    Just double check, because once you click "send" below, there is no going back.
  • * Required information

Need Help?

If you have any questions about this application, encountered any issues, or have a comment, you can email yvp@wwfint.org.

If you are having internet connectivity issues, please download the WWF Volunteer & Intership Application form in the word document below, and email to yvp@wwfint.org.

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