Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Rajasthan India
Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Rajasthan India
How would you like to help out at a wildlife sanctuary, looking after a whole host of fluffy (and not so fluffy) creatures? Our Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer project in Rajasthan, India, houses 61 species and is a safe haven for animals born in captivity. Here, you’ll find many animals which have been injured, are in breeding programs or simply lack the skills to survive in the wild. Importantly, you will gain first- hand experience of caring for rescued animals, as well as helping to improve wildlife data collection and research. In short, this is a great project for would-be vets, or simply those who have a big heart for creatures great and small!
Learn how to Care for Rescued Animals in Picturesque Rajasthan
While Rajasthan is famous for its deserts and palaces, it’s also known for its work in preserving many endangered species. And our Menagerie for Education on Wildlife and Habitat Preservation programme is where it all happens! Here, you will be feeding and bathing animals, cleaning their enclosures, and recording their behavioural patterns. However, you will also work on park activities, from weeding to analysis of visitor behaviour, and even redesigning enclosures. A very varied bag of tasks!
Work with the wider Community on this Exciting Project!
This project is something you can really get your teeth into, as it goes far beyond the realms of its animal enclosures. In fact, your daily activities might extend to helping out with awareness programmes, signboard preparation and maintenance activities. Further, you will assist with exhibitions and even lectures for school groups. And if you’re quite handy, you can also contribute with some physical grafting! Choose to help out with local settlements by building sanitation facilities, or medical health awareness and immunisation camps.
Why be a Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Rajasthan, India?
- Learn about native species of the Aravalli ecosystem
- Improve your understanding of animal care and protection
- Work with a great team of dedicated animal lovers and vet professionals
- Enjoy staying at our comfortable accommodation with great indoor/outdoor spaces
- Discover authentic Indian cuisine with all meals included in the programme
On your Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer project in Rajastan, you will be busy, so take the Sunday of your arrival to relax and refresh before the week begins.
Mandatory Orientation Schedule
On your first day of the program, you will have an orientation, to better understand your new environment and programme. Further, you’ll attend an energetic Rajasthani cultural dance concert, and visit the local market, close to our centre. Thereafter, you can use your free time to exchange your currency or shop for anything you might need during your stay.
On the second day of your first week, we will introduce you to the project site. Our coordinators will also provide you with an overview of the project activities so as to introduce you to the project in a step-by-step manner.
Wednesday to Friday
Your time on the project will commence on Wednesday.
You will be working along with the staff and the forest guards on various activities as per the requirement from 9:00 to 12:00. Return to our centre for lunch and for relaxation. Then depart again at 14:00 and continue with other activities scheduled for the day.
Places to Visit
Unsurprisingly, Rajasthan offers many wonderful places to visit, with its many temples, and historical buildings. In fact, you’ll struggle to choose what to visit whilst you are here!
Jaisalmer, a gigantic sandcastle that remains inhabited and has mesmerized people from all over the world. With ninety-nine bastions, the castle encircles shops, a palace and more.
Pushkar, a Hindu pilgrimage town that is home to one of the few Brahma temples, over fifty bathing ghats and over 400 temples. The main street is a long bazaar, where you can find any souvenir you can think of to bring back home.
Jodhpur, dubbed “The Blue City” for its blue-tinted edifices, Jodhpur is considered an architectural masterpiece. Visit its ever-photogenic streets and Mehrangarh, a magnificent fort that towers over the town.
Jaipur, a colourful and flamboyant city made famous by the Hawa Mahal, a pink-toned building that towers over the main bazaar. It was historically built for royal women to be able to see festivals without being on the streets.
Ajmer, famous for its Islamic heritage and for containing one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centres. In Ajmer, you’ll find examples of Muslim architecture such as the Jain golden temples.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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About the Accommodation
Our accommodation makes for a very comfortable stay! There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow volunteers. Rooms are shared on a single-gender basis of 4-8 people per room. Further, there is an option to reserve a private room – however, this is subject to availability, and must be requested before booking at an additional cost.
Get a taste of authentic Indian cuisine with meals included in the programme. However, if you are a little picky, don’t worry – we offer a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. That said, you can expect to have a chicken dish twice per week, although vegetarian dishes are always available. Alternatively, you can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants if you prefer. Lastly, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.
Our house is located 5km away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need. Conveniently, the nearest ATM and supermarket are located a pleasant 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.
Trip Country Info
Capital: New Delhi
Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30
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Please Note TRU are not currently able to accept any volunteers in India due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. We will be sure to update you when it is safe to travel and restrictions ease in India.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance