Exotic & Domestic Animal Caretaker

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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Work with not only domestic animals but wild and exotic animals as well!
Experience beautiful Florida!
Meet like minded-people and form deep friendships!
Work along side other international volunteers and local experienced staff!
Take part in numerous leisure activities on your days off!
This program takes in injured, abused and abandoned exotic and domestic animals and gives them a new home where they can live out the rest of their days! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Interested in Volunteering? Come now and take part in this amazing volunteering opportunity at our Wildlife Survival Sanctuary located south east of Tampa, Florida. The sanctuary is 1.5 from Tampa and 2 hours drive from Orlando.

This is a unique opportunity offered at the sanctuary allowing you to work with not only domestic animals but wild and exotic animals as well! All animals at the sanctuary originated from situations where the animals needed a new home because their owners could no longer care for them. When you participate in this project, your main goal is to support the care of these wild animals in captivity and the conservation of their wild counterparts! This is an all-volunteer animal sanctuary, there is no paid staff. Time, energy and donations garnered from volunteers both domestic and international allows the sanctuary to provide comfortable, large natural habitats to the animals to live out their lives peacefully. The work with the wildlife on the center is physically demanding and it is by no means an ‘easy holiday option’ therefore, volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks and learn about the many issues that face these wild animals in captivity and get a better understanding about what it takes to care for them on a daily basis. Provide help, care and nurturing to these animal so that they me be able to fully live out their lives! 

Volunteers will work along side other international volunteers and local experienced staff who will guide you during your stay. No special skill or equipment requirements necessary. 

There is plenty of opportunity to explore beautiful Florida. This project has only started for over a year currently and will grow and take more animals in the near future. The animals you will mainly be responsible for currently are Lemurs, Giant tortoises, Iguana, goats, White tail dear, vultures, bobcats, leopard, Emu's cats and domestic cattle. 
During your time at the project you will be supervised by one of the sanctuary staff members. The work can be hard and strenuous at times but is very gratifying as you are making a difference in the lives of these animals. A sense of responsibility and a serious commitment to abide by our sanctuary safety rules is key in any activity because you will be too close to dangerous wild animals. The projects daily tasks and special projects will determine your schedule but you will also be allowed time for having fun and relaxing on or off property.

Typical day

This project is not a tourist program! It is a project that is in need of volunteers who want to actively participate in the activities of proper care and maintenance of our animals. The sanctuary staff tries to accommodate all volunteers that do not have transportation and will make every attempt to take volunteers on trips into town for shopping or other off-site activities. However, volunteers must be prepared to spend quiet evenings or afternoons (due to extreme heat) alone, but computer access and television is available in the rooms for that reason. SYou will actively participate in the daily routine of the sanctuary by participating in the following activities:
  • Clean animal habitats and their surrounding areas
  • To prepare and distribute the food for the animals;
  • Clean the food preparation areas before and after feeding;
  • Assist in animal enrichment activities;
  • Assist in operant conditioning;
  • Construction and maintenance of animal habitats;
  • Assist in the general grounds maintenance of the sanctuary.
Your daily schedule depends on the time of year, the number of volunteers at the sanctuary and the species of animals at the project. 

For more information regarding your typical day please contact us.

Free-time activities

Volunteers can take part in numerous leisure activities on their days off. Although rural, there are many stores, restaurants and densely populated areas nearby. The Sanctuary is located about 1.5 hour South east of Tampa Florida. This area is great for its many outdoor and nature activities!

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and signed Policies and Liability Form (provided during application process)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The fees include:

  • Accommodation: You will be living in a private in the main sanctuary residence. 
  • Meals: Food is provided at the sanctuary and included in the fee. 
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Tampa International Airport

You will be picked up from the nearest airport and transported to your accommodation at the project. 


You live in a private room in the main sanctuary residence. Beds are single beds. All rooms have keys and they can be locked. Hot shower and laundry facilities are at your disposal. Facilities to relax after working hours are available. You will have access to WIFI. Washrooms at times have to be shared with other volunteers.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Meals will be provided at the sanctuary. Full kitchen privileges are available for your use, special arrangements such as vegan or vegetarian food can be made. The food offered is not vegetarian unless you specify your special dietary needs before you arrive, this includes special dietary needs for medical conditions.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Tampa. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United States provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in United States you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

There are no specific start/arrival dates for this project, however, we recommend that you arrive on a Monday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$287 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Exotic & Domestic Animal Caretaker

This program takes in injured, abused and abandoned exotic and domestic animals and gives them a new home where they can live out the rest of their days!


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