Wild West WilDlife

Arizona, USA



The Experience

The Old Wild west, Grand Canyon, first nations communities, Phoenix, deserts are a few of the things that directly come to mind when imagining Arizona! Volunteer abroad and explore this beautiful state while helping a wildlife rescue & Rehabilitation center for a experience of a lifetime!

Always wanted to travel to USA view the remains of the old Wild West? Why not combine it with the amazing opportunity to help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife? This center takes of birds, reptile and mammals which are in need for help all year round! Travel now to the beautiful state of Arizona in the USA to participate in this great volunteer opportunity!  The work with the wildlife on the centre is physically demanding and it is by no means an’ easy holiday option’! This project is for mature volunteers who can be independent and who have a love of all animals and especially birds. The minimum and maximum duration of stay is 8 weeks. This gives the animals a chance to get to know and trust you, and it requires a little time to learn their routine.


This Is Why

  • Help, rescue and rehabilitate birds of prey, waterfowl, songbids, reptiles and in some cases mammals in the beautiful wild west state of Arizona!
  • Live in the very nice metropole of Phoenix in a homestay with a American family in nice urban neighbourhood close to nature!
  • Learn about the care and habits of many different and in some cases endangered animals.

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    Year Round (however try to book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement)
  • Volunteer duration
    8 weeks
  • Average Work hours
    On average 5 -6 days per week 40 hours or more per week (up to 12 hours per day).There may be weekend days required for applicants to work based on the project's event needs.  Of course, you would have time off during the week to compensate for that.
  • Number of Volunteers
    2 - 4
  • Volunteer accommodation
  • Housing Type
    Homestay with a American Family nearby the project
  • Internet Access
    Wireless internet included at the homestay
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores.  We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: USA

Where? North America, USA

Country Size: 9,826,675 km2
3,794,101 sq mi 

Population density? 33.7/km2
87.4/sq mi

Country Famous for? Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Old West, Rocky Mountains, Hamburgers & Hotdogs, Everglades, Alligators, Hawaii, Vulcano's, New York, Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas, Hollywood

When to visit: All year round, many activities all year round with great mixture culture and nature!

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Wild West Wildlife
    • Airport Pickup

      We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your Homestay accommodation nearby the project.
    • Accommodation
      A Private room with a American homestay family nearby the volunteer project
    • Meals
      Breakfast and dinner Included (possible catering available for vegetarians)
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in the USA after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Vancouver you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights, Insurance, lunches

    Package Price:
    08 weeks: $2,795 US

    The project has a few paid staff and many volunteers who are involved in every aspect of husbandry and care.  Trained volunteers (assist with clinic care, but all volunteers are involved in assisting with medical procedures, as well as cleaning and feeding of the birds in the clinic.  Volunteers are also responsible for the cleaning and feeding of the resident birds and other animals, starting with ‘rounds’ at the beginning of every shift to make sure each bird is safe, looks healthy, is perched in its usual places for that time of the day, has eaten, has clean bathing water, etc.  Getting to know the birds and their habits quickly is essential.  Learning how to ‘be’ in the cages with the birds, reading their body language, understanding their individual personalities, histories, needs is also important – and very rewarding.  Volunteers are also involved in maintaining the facility, inside and out, greeting visitors, helping to staff off-site booths, or assisting at on-site events.  Some of your main responsibilties:
    • Feed and care for different kind of animals including birds, reptiles and in some cases Mammals
    • Build and maintain animal enclosures
    • Assist with capture and release
    • Educate the public

    Animal care volunteers are at the center from 7:00 am til 8:00 pm, in four shifts each day, seven days a week.  Each shift has slightly varying responsibilities – but the morning shift generally assists in the clinic, weighs babies or birds that have been on live prey before release, feeds rehabilitation birds, cleans chicken brooders and checks mouse cages, and cleans outside aviaries.  Afternoon shift cleans more aviaries, organizes food for handlers and feeds those diurnal resident birds that are not in training, and any rehabilitation birds that have an afternoon schedule.  Evening shift waters gardens or runs perimeter sprinklers (during the summer, fire months), cleans mouse cages and chicken brooders, feeds resident owls that are not in training, feeds rehabilitation owls, assists in the clinic (many medications are given twice a day), cleans hospital cages, gets food ready for the next day, cleans the clinic.

  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks
    • Dedication to the work, purpose, mission, and philosophy of the organization
    • Willingness and ability to keep your commitments; to be focused and paying attention to the birds at all times; to use common sense and thinking ability; to demonstrate initiative and yet be willing to ask questions when appropriate; to work independently, with minimal supervision or direction; to demonstrate good decision-making skills; to put the birds first; to learn each resident bird, with their names, species, personal history, disability, and at least their general natural history
    • Commitment to the principles of honest and direct communica¬tion including
    • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property outside of a vehicle during fire season.  Otherwise, smoking is permitted only in designated areas, outside of the view of the public.  Butts must be picked up and disposed of immediately.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.  
    • Age: 18 and older
    • No animal allergies
    • Must love animals and have good communication skills with people
    • Must have tetanus vaccination and health insurance
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • The opportunity to work with wild birds and other animals and learn the many aspects involved.
    • The opportunity to work with a great team of staff and other volunteers
    • The opportunity to explore the old west in the amazing state of Arizona
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    • Area Famous For
      Grand Canyon, Road Runners, Coyotes, Phoenix, Desert, Little rain, Cactus, Old Wild West
    • When to visit
      Great weather all year roud however winters can be much colder than you would expect!
    • Wildlife viewing
      Good oppertunties to see desert widllfie species like Amadillo's, Lizards, Rattle Snakes, Peccarries, hawks, tortoises and Coyotes
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Arizona;
    You will arrive in the beautiful state of Arizona where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your homestay accommodation near the project.
    or 8 weeks - Help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals!
    For the coming 8 weeks you will have a great time working directly with many different kind of animals while you will be living in the beautiful city of Phoenix
    Your last day -
    you will transfer back to the airport to take a flight back home. Of course it is possible to extend your stay in and travel around; we can help you with trips and/or accommodation you would like to arrange.

  • Accommodation

    Your Homestay accommodation will be arranged by FRONTEERING near the volunteer project.
    Homestay: live with a American family and includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet, cable TV and breafast and dinner. Of course you can also make use of the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a great way to get to know the real Arizona and improve your English.

  • Things to bring from home

    • Clothes for cold temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Make sure to bring gloves, a toque and warm socks with you.
    • Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and you should also pack a raincoat and some sun block
    • Linen and towels will be provided.


    You will be provided with Breakfast and dinner every day, specific catering available on request only.


    The project is located in the metropolitan area of Phoenix where you will be able to do all your normal city life activities. Lots outdoor activities are available as well, from outdoor concerts to festivals; great bicycling and hiking.  

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