Exotic Wildlife Caretaker Assistant

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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Aloha! Pack your bags, bring your swim gear and become a volunteer now by joining an Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Hawaii! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Pack your bags and travel to Hawaii where you can become a volunteer at our Exotic Animals Sanctuary! Here you get the chance of a lifetime to work alongside an amazing team of staff and amazing animals! This project gives you the best of both worlds the perfect solution in case you are having a hard time deciding between a nice long holiday at the beach or would like to get a meaningful experience and volunteer with wildlife!

Can’t decide if you want to volunteer with wildlife? Ever wanted to work with exotic animals in an island paradise? How about to help care for These amazing animals at the Exotic Animal Sanctuary! This volunteer project is home to a wide variety of exotic and native Hawaiian species. Working with wildlife & exotics at the wildlife center is rewarding but physically demanding, and it is by no means an ’easy holiday option’! You do have several hours of time off each day plus two days a week to enjoy all the Big Island has to offer!

Typical day

This is a fast paced, intense, and physically demanding environment. 8-hour shifts with enough break time pass quickly due to regular feedings that must be kept on schedule and endless cleaning duties. Volunteers help with bottle feeding young mammals and hand feeding young birds, preparing diets for self-feeding animals, cleaning and enriching animal cages, and general cleaning around the facility such as dishes, laundry, and wash pad. Volunteers that are handy with tools may also help fix or build cages and other structures. Volunteers work both individually and as a team to complete the required tasks.

  • Educate visitors and locals about Hawaii’s fragile island ecology and animal behavior
  • Care for injured wildlife and returning them to the wild in optimal condition
  • Care for resident exotic and non-releasable wildlife in optimal settings
  • build and maintain animal’s enclosures

Free-time activities

On days off volunteers have the chance to go sightseeing like visiting the Volcanoes or take some time to visit the breathtaking beaches and waters where you have the opportunity to go surfing, snorkeling, diving and so much more!

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 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

  • Airport Pick up & Transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Use of car (driver’s license required)
  • Mail-holding service
  • Ongoing service
  • Tours
  • 24/7 Emergency contact

Airport Pickup at Kona International Airport at Keahole

You will arrive in the beautiful island of Hawaii from where you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the project.


  • One private room with bath or semi-private flat depending on number of volunteers. 
  • Wifi available for use
  • TV is also available for use and is at your disposal.
  • 3 meals a day provided
  • Swimming pool
  • Laundry facility 

Food & Beverages

Three meals a day provided throughout your entire stay!

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 Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) in Kailua-Kona. 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

This project has no specific start dates. Spots are available year-round however, try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement. Please take into consideration that the project prefers applicants start on a Monday!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,018 /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 Wildlife Caretaker Assistant

Aloha! Pack your bags, bring your swim gear and become a volunteer now by joining an Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Hawaii!


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