Malawi’s incredible wildlife is facing a number of threats, from deforestation and biodiversity loss to human-wildlife conflict and the illegal trades in products such as ivory and bushmeat. LWT’s wildlife research is designed to improve conservation knowledge and practice and include issues such as biodiversity monitoring, one health and wildlife management. This means that volunteers not only have the opportunity to spend time out in the field learning new skills but also contribute to research that makes a real difference to the knowledge and health of animal populations.


Our wildlife research projects cover a range of topics and locations. The type of work you do will depend on the research station you join. As we run multiple research projects from each station, there will be a chance to get involved in a variety of different activities. 

Joining a particular station will depend on your specific skills and interests, the time of year and the needs of the various projects. It’s best to get in touch and have a chat with our team to explore the right fit for you.

Bookings for our Biodiversity Monitoring Placements – in collaboration with African Parks – are now open! Based in beautiful Liwonde National Park, you’ll work with iconic species such as lions, cheetahs and elephants, collecting data that is crucial to conservation.

Email for more information and to reserve a space, or check out our current research themes below.

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Research volunteer£1,370£1,775£2,235£2,575£2,885£3,180£3,450£3,705£3,930£4,150£4,350

Accommodation and vegetarian meals as well as unlimited water, tea and coffee are all included in this price. As are airport transfers from Lilongwe provided your arrival is on a Tuesday. All work-related transport, an orientation on the charity and our sanctuary and a supply tour of Lilongwe, as well as a local sim card and T-shirt are also included.

All other expenses will be your responsibility. This includes: flights, visas, vaccinations, a TB scan, and any excursions, souvenirs, nights outs, snacks and other personal expenses you might have.