Hawaii Wildlife Sanctuary Project

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Hawaii Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project
Passionate about animals and wildlife? Take a trip to beautiful Hawaii – we have the perfect volunteer project for you!

At a glance:

Volunteering with exotic wildlife at a sanctuary Accommodation: Family ranch with swimming pool
Accommodation: Family ranch with swimming pool
Meals: 3 meals a day included
Dates: Most weeks but books out fast
Minimum stay: 4 weeks
What animals will I look after?
This volunteer project features wildlife and exotic animals so it’s perfect if you are wanting exotic and wildlife practical experience for your studies, or just for your own enjoyment!
About the Hawaii Wildlife Sanctuary:
Pack your bags, bring your togs and sandals and join this amazing Wildlife Sanctuary and rescue centre in Hawaii! If you love helping animals and love the idea of warm weather and Hawaii, this will be right up your street.
This allows you to have the best of both worlds if you are having trouble deciding between a relaxing time at the beach and making a difference with animals.
This exciting wonderful volunteer project is home to a wide variety of exotic and native Hawaiian species. It’s located on The project is a private sanctuary, located on five acres above the town of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The owners had a lifelong dream to work with animals and founded the Hawaii
Wildlife Sanctuary in 1998.
As a true sanctuary, the facility will never be open to the general public. Their goal is to keep the animals in an environment as free from stress and hazards as possible. However, they try to share these animals with our community through teaching programs for school children, community lectures, private tours and an educational pavilion which they bring to community events.
Some of the topics they share include:
  • The difference between wild and domestic animals (and which make good pets)
  • What animals belong in Hawaii?
  • How we communicate with animals without even speaking
  • EXTINCT means gone FOREVER
  • Now that these animals are here, how do we care for them?
  • Our school program starts in the classroom with several teaching sessions and then follows-up with a field trip to the sanctuary.
  • We are also fortunate to have offers from a number of other animal experts who are willing to participate in the teaching program as guest speakers from time to time.

What will I be doing at the project?

  • You will help care for our exotic animals on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • The project is located closely to a paradise vacation village
  • The centre is situated between the mountains and the oceans, so there is something for everyone
  • There will be loads of photo opportunities!
  • You’ll get to live and volunteer alongside other volunteers from around the world plus local Hawaiians, a great opportunity to learn culturally.
  • Working with wildlife & exotics at the wildlife sanctuary is rewarding but physically demanding, and it is by no means an ’easy holiday option’!.
  • The accommodation is on a beautiful ranch with ocean view and a swimming pool!
  • You will live on site of the project with the family and includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, internet and TV.
  • There are usually 2 other international volunteers with you at a time.
  • 3 meals included perday
Activities and Time off
  • You have several hours of time off each day plus two days a week to enjoy all the Big Island has to offer – hit the beach and top up that tan!
Things to note:
  • You’ll also be collected from the local airport.
  • Please note: For the the shorter (3 week) vet student summer block (filled for 2018), meals aren’t included but you will be cooked about 5 dinners a week.
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