WWF Volunteer Programme - what's it all about?

Learn how WWF addresses conservation issues

The WWF Youth Volunteer/Internship Programme enables committed and outstanding young people, aged 20-27, to have 3-6 month volunteer experiences working with WWF in such countries as Madagascar, Senegal, Paraguay, South Pacific and Bhutan.
The goal of the volunteer/internship programme is to provide you with a powerful, direct experience of the unique challenges developing nations face in protecting their environment and its assets.

The aim is also to enable you to effectively communicate your experiences to others (there's more on this below and under The Deal is This).

Overall, WWF wants to provide you with an insight into the world of conservation work on the ground, in the field. This could be an assignment with a WWF project in an extremely rural and isolated community or it could be with a local WWF office combining visits to the field. Whatever the context, WWF hopes and believes that you will be inspired and motivated by what you see and what you do, and that you will carry this through the rest of your life.

Qualifying
Volunteers will be drawn from a vast range of backgrounds and, while you must have previously demonstrated some type of commitment to the goals of WWF, you are not required to be pursuing a career in conservation.

Currently, we are able to offer a placement to approximately 30-35 young people each year.

What work will be done?
During your placement, you will be integrated into a WWF team to work on conservation initiatives in line with the objectives of the project or programme you are engaged with.

An example of such a project is the establishment of a new protected area where you'll be involved with a range of activities such as the collection of field data, consultations with local communities, building infrastructure support.

What is wanted in return
The volunteer programme is designed to have an impact far beyond the individual young people who are directly involved.

How?
If selected, you will be asked to create compelling stories, pictures and possibly videos and other digital communications about your experiences.

WWF hopes that your inspiration and talent at communicating what you see and experience can help others like yourself gain insight and inspiration from your achievements.

Find out more on what the deal is...

Malagasy people taught me that it's possible to face adversity with strength and optimism, as well as to make the most out of every situation... basic human values are the same all over the world, no matter your ethnic group, social status, gender, or culture. More importantly [it] showed me the way forward for conservation efforts, making me realize that it is all about people, their personal situation, and their ties with nature.

Carolina from Ecuador

 / ©: WWF / Nicole Harari
Helen filming Atlantic Forest documentary in Paraguay, 2009
© WWF / Nicole Harari

Sponsorship camera&video equipment

WWF would like to thank Canon Europe for kindly sponsoring the photo & video equipment used by volunteers in Cambodia, Paraguay, Madagascar & Fiji

Don't be fooled

What you'll be getting yourself into are real-life conservation project situations.

This means you'll need to be in good physical condition and be willing, in some cases, to put up with some pretty basic living conditions.

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