What’s a Work with Animals gap year?

Work with animals around the world. Tigers in Asia , Elephants in Africa or Turtles in Mexico … It’s a once in a lifetime experience!

Working with animals for a few months or a whole gap year means you get to work overseas whilst working with Animals from across the world. Year13 will have you placed in a program so you can start your work with Animals ASAP. We find the right placement for you and hook you up with everything you need to get there.

Is it made for me?

You don’t need to have formal qualifications for this kind of work, but you do need to have a passion for animals. Once you’re away you will be taught everything you need to know, and have plenty of opportunity to develop your new skills. This won’t be a site seeing trip, you’ll be faced to face with Animals, learning and living with them. Its a an adventure in it’s rawest form.

What will I do with myself?

You can work in a number of different conservation programs, such as: Sea turtles in the Caribbean, re-develeop Giant pandas communities in China, work in an Elephant sanctuary in Thailand, save orangutangs in Africa, and even work with Kola’s in our own back yard. You’ll mainly be working in groups with people from all around the world helping protect and develop the Animals on your program.
Where can I do it?
You can work all around the world. Our programs start in Australia, the U.S.A, South America, Europe and South Africa. Basically, most countries in the world! but  Australia, The Caribbean, Africa and Asia and South America are some of the more popular places to do it in.

If you don’t want to go overseas, but still want a gap year, doing a conservation gap year at home in Australia !

What will I experience working with Animals?

Putting all your own hard work and training into practice feels great! You will have the satisfaction of seeing the development and the growth of the animals you work with. You will experience, learn, and take the most amazing experience out of working with these creatures. You’ll create life long friends, and never want the year to stop!

How is this good for my career?

Students hoping to gain a place on very competitive programs, such as veterinary medicine, use participation in projects like Conservation Gaps to make their university applications stand out. Not everyone has ear-notched a rhino or done a pregnancy test on a Sable antelope after all!

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