Volunteer & Professional Development Programs

Volunteer, join an Eco Tour, or go on a Professional Development Program!

Experience a vacation or training for a purpose with our conservation programs.  Global Conservation Force (GCF) offers several ways to get involved from our Eco Tours to our professional development programs that provide the opportunity to learn valuable conservation skills in the field while supporting critical conservation efforts.

All program participants are responsible for their international transportation, bringing their own cell phone services, equipment, and outdoor gear. By submitting an application, each applicant accepts to follow the terms, conditions, and protocols set forth by Global Conservation Force and any partners involved in the professional development programs. Interested individuals must submit an application to be considered.

Join us for an Eco Tour!

Are you looking to go on the trip of a lifetime to South Africa? You’ve found the right spot! Our Eco-Tours are custom curated conservation impact trips with a blend of behind the scenes and luxury accommodations! Meet one of our anti-poaching units, go on a wildlife veterinary procedure, and participate in a community based conservation program.

For more information and to submit your trip dates please CLICK HERE To Join Us For An Eco-Tour , or for trip related questions email n.frolander@globalconservationforce.org

a woman sitting at an outdoor table under a popup shelter surrounded by conservation bannersBecome a Volunteer

Are you looking to join our main team and help us move forward in our wildlife protection and conservation efforts? We are accepting applications for highly motivated individuals with skillsets from every background to join our volunteer core.

For more information, please see our volunteer application or email volunteer@globalconservationforce.org.







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Introduction to Anti Poaching Course (South Africa)

The GCF Introduction to Anti-Poaching training course is tailored to create and train competent, efficient, and effective wildlife protection and conservation professionals. Trainees for this course will endure a physically demanding and mentally challenging 5-week course aimed to serve the real needs of the wildlife protection field. This course is not for the faint of heart, and the preparation should be treated similar to a military or law enforcement boot camp.

Course Information & Application >>





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Anti-Poaching K9 Eco Tour (South Africa)

GCF has 9 Anti-Poaching K9s deployed on conservation and wildlife protection details in South Africa. This custom tour program is designed to get our guests behind-the-scenes with our K9s, the anti-poaching units, and reserves. Setup for a Max group size of 4, these tours are custom curated to each guests adventure style. Travel alongside the GCF K9 Anti-Poaching Units Project Coordinator, and possibly GCF Field Instructors, as they do assessments, training, and gear supply drops for our K9 rangers. Guests will have the opportunity to get hands on, train with and alongside or K9s, and participate in some patrol duties with our K9 crew. Additional opportunities include participating in wildlife veterinary procedures as part of the broader conservation efforts and goals of Global Conservation Force.

K9 Eco Tour Info & Application >>





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Horse Training, Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit  (South Africa)

The Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit Professional Development Program provides equestrians the opportunity to see what it’s like to train and manage the anti-poaching unit horses. This program is tailored to improve your horse training, anti-poaching, and conservation skillsets. Volunteers will find themselves in the daily throws of equine husbandry, conservation activities, and horseback riding, getting hands-on working with the GCF mounted anti-poaching horse trainer and rangers. This course will include accommodation, pickup/dropoff from the Port Elizabeth airport, hands-on conservation activities, horse care and training, horseback patrol duties, and has the potential for wildlife veterinary procedures and community-based conservation projects.

Mounted APU Information & Application >>


a man wearing a yellow shirt stands with his back to the camera in front of an elementary school classroomWildlife Education Outreach (Hanoi, Vietnam)

This program gives volunteers hands-on experience in multi-cultural education outreach with in-class learning, interpretation, and field trips. In partnership with Wildhand, we run an annual, 3 month-long, wildlife education program for youth. The course covers wildlife product demand reduction, illegal pet trade, recycling, wildlife rehabilitation, ecology and environments, endangered species, how to be a champion for wildlife, and ranger work in the national parks. Its focus is to create wildlife guardians every year in the heart of Vietnam’s busiest city.

Education Outreach Information & Application >>



Field Photo Journalist (Location Varies)

Global Conservation Force is proud to offer a professional development course focused on learning how to photograph, edit, document, and “follow the story” of field conservation efforts. Students, or current professionals, may apply to join our current Field Photo/Video Journalist, Robert Pike, to apprentice and learn the skills of the field. This professional development program gets participants behind the scenes access and hands-on skills to learn how to become an effective field photo/video journalist.

Photo Journalist Information & Application >>