Volunteer program

Volunteer program

Get ‘hands on’ in conservation and work with some of the rarest species in the world. At our rescue center in beautiful Cuc Phuong National Park, we look after pangolins and small carnivores that we rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Join us and help our team with their daily work to give the animals the best chance to be released back to the wild.

Our volunteer program offers an intimate experience (we only take a few volunteers at time) for those who want to get their hands dirty in real conservation work. At Save Vietnam’s Wildlife you will play a part in the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated pangolins, binturongs, leopard cats and several species of palm civets.

Volunteer requirements
  • 16 years of age or older
  • current on your tetanus and rabies vaccination
  • physically fit
  • minimum commitment of 1 week
  • ability to speak basic English
  • good sense of humor
Volunteering at svw

As a volunteer at Save Vietnam’s Wildlife you will play a part in the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated carnivores and pangolins from the illegal hunting and wildlife trade. You will:

  • Get a rare opportunity to see and work with some of the rarest species in Asia
  • Take part in all aspects of life at SVW with a team of people who are making a difference for wildlife
  • Learn basic husbandry skills to care for pangolin and small carnivores
  • Gain an insight into conservation issues faced in Vietnam, and what’s being done to save our wildlife

You can download more information on accommodation, meals, transport and facilities here:  VolunteerSVWinfo2018

Applying for the program

If you interested and would love to volunteer, please send an email to with a completely filled out ‘Volunteer application form’. We only reply to request with a completely filled out application form, thank you!

We will get back to you about your request as soon as possible. Please be aware we can only take on a limited number of volunteers at any one time. If you are planning to come in April/May (butterfly season), June or July, you are advised to contact us early as places fill up quickly.

How much will it cost and where does that money go?

All volunteers are required to pay for their time here. The money covers your accommodation and food costs. All meals will be covered at a local restaurants. You will have a room to yourself at Cuc Phuong National Park. Any money left over from your stay is used for materials for enclosure upgrades, food for the animals and materials for the captive program. It is ensured that all volunteer donations go directly back into the wellbeing of the rescued animals.

All prices in are in US dollars and are per person per week
– 1 – 2 weeks: $400/week
– 3 – 6 weeks: $350/week
– more than 7 weeks: $300/week