your chance to make a difference

Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is Malawi’s leading conservation charity with an international reputation for high impact and world-class standards. 

From sanctuary work to veterinary medicine and wildlife research, a placement with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust offers the chance to get involved in conservation and wildlife rehabilitation in a beautiful and fascinating context. Whether you’re a budding conservationist, a vet student or a simply a wildlife enthusiast, our placement programme has something special for you! Get in touch to learn more now. 

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

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The research volunteer placement was more than I could have imagined. I felt part of the team and that I was making a small but very real contribution to conservation efforts in Malawi. Plus, I learned a huge amount about the wildlife of Liwonde, and the threats to wildlife and habitats throughout the country. I loved every single day there and didn’t want to leave. Every small thing is a reward for your efforts, and the payoff is immense. If you are unsure about whether this placement is for you, I would urge you to do it. It is an experience like nothing else and is sure to leave an impression on your soul.

Maxine Beech, research volunteer

My volunteer experience was truly life changing for me. I was able to learn an abundance of new skills in conservation, research, and animal care, meet many incredible staff members and volunteers who I will continue to stay in touch with, and gain some direction for my future career path. I was so grateful for the opportunity to spend this time in Malawi and to be a part of such a conscientious organisation – I hope to be back soon!

Halle Hangen, sanctuary and research volunteer

I would have extended my stay because I liked it so much! For me, it didn’t really feel like work – it is very exciting because you never know what will happen the next day. I was not just doing veterinary work as I know it – I had the opportunity to experience related fields like integration, enrichment, research. You will work with so many different animals but all of it would just be half of the fun if the people weren’t that nice. All of them were so friendly and will help you whenever you need it. It is an amazing experience and totally worth it.

Julia Volk, vet extern

I am now a lot more fearless in pursuing my personal goals, and this experience has reawakened a dream I had as a child to work with wildlife. My placement went far beyond my expectations, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The feeling of having an animal you helped with finally being released back into the wild is unparalleled.

Annette Kasulo Msowoya, sanctuary volunteer

We welcome volunteers from Malawi and all over the world. Click ‘Apply now’ to start your application.