At a glance
- Help protect vulnerable animals in Nepal, contributing to ongoing conservation efforts
- Collect data on greater one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, vultures, and so much more
- Work with the community to learn about and spread awareness of wildlife conservation
- Live with other volunteers surrounded by nature in Chitwan National Park
16 or over
Help protect the greater one-horned rhino
Nepal is home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife, not least the greater one-horned rhino. With the help of conservation experts, you’ll track these powerful creatures. Help preserve the Community Forest, which creates a safe space for rhinos to roam free.
You’ll collect data that supports the work of environmental scientists in Nepal. The last census reveals that just 694 rhinos remain in Chitwan. Their survival depends on the hard work of volunteers and local community members.
By spotting rhinos, tracking their footprints, and using camera traps, you’ll collect valuable data. This will be compiled into an annual report to be shared with local conservation organisations.
Conduct butterfly and bird surveys
Chitwan is a hotspot of biodiversity, meaning there’s a variety of wildlife to protect. In Nepal, you’ll discover the interconnectedness of all life, from the delicate butterfly to the mighty rhino.
By conducting butterfly and bird surveys, you’ll help monitor their populations. Learn to identify incredible birds that you may not have seen before. Marvel at the vibrant beauty of the great hornbill, enjoy the charisma of the lesser adjutant, and feel the power of the mighty vulture.
Contribute to Bengal tiger conservation work
The Bengal tiger: perhaps Nepal’s most mysterious and beloved animal. One of the world’s largest cats, it's a powerful symbol across the world. As an apex predator, its existence is crucial to the balance of the ecosystem.
With just 128 remaining in Chitwan National Park, you won’t spot any tigers in the flesh - nor should you want to! Instead, you’ll help maintain the buffer zone that protects tigers from unwanted human activity.
Although you won’t meet a tiger, your work will help ensure their protection. You’ll blaze a trail as you become among the first to place camera traps in Chitwan National Park. These will allow you to track tiger populations and study their behaviour.
Preserve the natural environment
You’ll be based at Chitwan’s Community Forest. This is a special area, designed for the benefit of both animals and humans. It acts as a buffer zone between the National Park and the surrounding villages. This means that animals remain undisturbed and humans have controlled access to local wildlife.
Maintaining the Community Forest means improving conditions for local people while protecting animals. Expect to engage in practical maintenance tasks, including:
- Controlling erosion
- Removing alien plants
- Clearing roads
- Creating educational signs
- Building viewing hides
- Renovating the visitor centre
- Joining local residents on anti-poaching patrols
We believe that protecting animals should benefit residents in rural areas. By preserving the habitat of vulnerable animals, you’re also improving the local community.
Develop wildlife education programmes
You’ll become part of a long-term strategy to protect the planet’s biodiversity. Help leave a lasting impact by raising awareness of environmental issues. Be part of leading a cultural shift towards a state of harmony between humans and animals in Nepal.
Help local children become passionate about wildlife protection. You can achieve this by:
- Creating a Nature Conservation syllabus for all schools
- Giving a presentation on wildlife protection
- Inventing conservation-focused games
- Leading classes on painting local wildlife
- Field trips into the Community Forest
Inspire the next generation to continue the good work that you’ll complete while in Nepal.
Where in Nepal will I work?
You’ll work just outside the wilderness of Chitwan National Park. Specifically, your placement will be at Namuna, Shantikunja, and Krishnasaar Community Forests. These Community Forests form a buffer zone between the park and bordering villages.
This area prevents conflict between humans and animals, keeping them both safe. Dedicated to wildlife protection, it's where Nepal’s greatest conservation experts gather. It’s also where Nepal’s most majestic animals, including the greater one-horned rhino and Bengal tiger, roam free.
You'll live in a nearby village, within walking distance of the Community Forest. You’ll be immersed in the rural side of Nepali culture, living with other passionate wildlife volunteers.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering with animals in Nepal is a chance to discover the incredible nature of this region. We'll arrange activities for your free time, so you can make the most of this unique opportunity.
Enjoy scenic hikes up nearby mountains, safari tours, and temple trips to explore the spirituality of Nepal.
We’ll strive to provide an immersive experience in Nepal, broadening your horizons. Local guides will lead excursions, ensuring you can see more of Chitwan in a way that is easy and hassle-free.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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