Volunteer at Africa's top wildlife sanctuary



Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Central Region:


The award-winning Lilongwe Wildlife Centre - part of world-renowned wildlife conservation charity Lilongwe Wildlife Trust - is Malawi's only wildlife sanctuary and is home to around 200 animals, including servals, hyenas, antelope, baboons, monkeys and crocodiles. Due to the Centre's extremely high welfare standards, it is the only sanctuary in the world to have obtained all three accreditations from the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and the Born Free Foundation's PAW scheme. Last year there were 89 animals rescued, 67 released, 190 veterinary procedures performed and 286 animals under rehabilitation.

Volunteers will get involved in animal husbandry, orphan care, vet clinic support, observations, pre-release health checks, integrations, releases and reserve maintenance. There is also the opportunity to help with the community outreach and education programmes and, new for 2018, volunteers can also choose to undertake elephant or samango monkey research at one of two beautiful bush camps in Malawi's national parks.

While those with relevant skills and past experience are very helpful, it is volunteers with enthusiasm, a positive attitude, flexibility and a good work ethic who leave the biggest mark. Your placement is tailored to your skills and experience and full orientation and on-the-job training is provided. Volunteers of all nationalities and ages (18+) are welcome.

Accommodation, food, airport transfers and all work-related transport are included in the price. The volunteer house is located in the centre of the sanctuary, with dorm-style accommodation, a common area, garden, kitchen and bathroom with hot showers. Upgrades to chalet-style accommodation are available. Three vegetarian meals a day are provided by an on-site chef.

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • International Volunteers