Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is Malawi’s only wildife sanctuary – widely reputed as one of the best facilities in Africa for its high standards of animal welfare. The Centre is the only sanctuary in the world to have obtained accreditations from the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the Born Free Foundation PAW scheme.

Every single animal that comes into our care – whether as a result of abuse, illegal activity or human-wildlife conflict – receives a carefully tailored programme of support from our team of experts. Where possible, we aim to rehabilitate and return animals to the wild. Those that cannot be released are cared for in the safety of the sanctuary. Volunteering at the Centre will give you a powerful insight into the life-changing and life-saving work of wildlife rehabilitation.


2-12 weeks


Lilongwe Wildlife Centre




Work covers the whole wildlife rehabilitation spectrum. Expect to get your hands dirty, work hard and sleep well! Duties include animal husbandry (cleaning, sanitation, feeding and enrichment), orphan care, vet clinic support, observations, integrations and reintroductions. You’ll also get the chance to learn about specialist areas of work such as enrichment, observation and rehabilitation techniques.

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Please note that we will be updating our prices from 1 April 2024.

Price includes: accommodation, vegetarian meals (except Sundays), unlimited water, tea and coffee, airport transfers from Lilongwe (provided your arrival is on a Tuesday), all work-related transport, an induction to our sanctuary and wider work, a tour of Lilongwe city, a local SIM card and T-shirt.

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.

Please also note BSc, MRes, MSC and PhD students working on non-LWT projects must also self-fund costs that fall out of existing operations (fuel, equipment, etc).