Charities and Partners

Born Free

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care. Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. Working together with the Born Free Foundation, Worldwide Experience volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to conservation by providing first-hand assistance to maintain the sanctuary. Every little helps and you can expect to get involved with anything from eradication of alien plant forms, to assisting the veterinary surgeon.

Helping Rhinos

Helping Rhinos is a UK based charitable organisation dedicated to preventing the rhinoceros from becoming extinct. They aim to achieve this by focusing on two key areas, best summarised by our mission statement:

‘Creating awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raising funds to help protect them for future generations’

Since 2008 the number of rhinos killed by poachers has increased by around 50% year on year. If this trend continues an animal which has walked on this planet for 50 million years will become extinct within the next 15 years. Helping Rhinos is committed to working in partnership with key strategic field projects that will make a difference in the fight against the poachers and ensuring all species of rhino can be enjoyed in their natural habitat by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

For more information on the work of Helping Rhinos and to find out how you can make a difference in the fight to protect the rhino from slipping towards extinction, please visit their website


Twenty years ago Africa was in the midst of a poaching crisis. Black rhino were on the brink of extinction (just 2,000 remained) and the African elephant population was being slaughtered at a rate of 100,000 each year, just for their ivory. Drastic times required urgent action. Tusk was established in response to an urgent need to halt the decline in Africa’s natural heritage and find a way to combine the interests of people and wildlife alike. Tusk promotes the conservation of all African wildlife and particularly the protection of endangered species. Tusks holistic approach to conservation also recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependent on sustainable human development. At the end of 2005 Prince William announced his Royal Patronage to the charity.

Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation forms part of a global network whose main aim is to protect wilderness areas. Recognising that the protection and sustainability of South Africa’s unique wilderness areas and natural heritage is dependent on socio-political and economic conditions within society, the Wilderness Foundation takes a holistic approach to implementing its mandate for conservation. Focusing on four main programme areas (Conservation; Social Intervention; Experiential Education and Advocacy & Awareness), the Foundation creates opportunities to encourage, plan and protect wild lands and wilderness, uplift the knowledge and lives of citizens and stimulate an environmental ethos among current and future leaders

The Colobus Trust

The Colobus Trust is a conservation organization which works to promote conservation, preservation and protection of primates like the highly-endangered Angolan black-and-white Colobus monkey, and other primates in the area. The Trust also seeks to preserve and protect the Colobus monkeys habitat on the South Coast of Kenya, pursuing biological and ecological research, forest protection and enrichment, public awareness, community education and various aspect of primate welfare.

Save The Rhino

Save the Rhino International is committed to ensuring the survival of the rhinoceros species in the wild. The charity works in close consultation with managers and communities in wildlife areas and provides direct support for rhino and community projects in Africa and Asia. We recognise that the future of wildlife is inextricably linked to the communities that share its habitat.


greenpop-logo-squareGreenpop is an award-winning non-profit organisation on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. Greenpop plant trees, grow food, educate people and have fun doing it! Greenpop work on urban greening, reforestation, and food growing projects, and educate people through practical workshops. Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 70 000 trees at schools and other urban sites as well as forests and farms across South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania.

Worldwide Experience pledges to plant a tree for every volunteer that travels with us every year. Our volunteers can also pledge to plant trees, or you are able to make a donation* to our tree-planting charity partner, GreenPop, and join the #Treevolution!

For more information on Greenpop’s work, please visit

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF)

DSWF supports anti-poaching and conservation projects throughout Africa and Asia making a real difference to the survival of critically endangered mammals. It is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field. Projects include sending undercover agents into the field to investigate illegal wildlife crime, training and supplying anti-poaching patrols, establishing nature reserves and other protected areas, educating wildlife consumers about the plight of the animals they ‘use’ and teaching young people about endangered wildlife through art and school projects.

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Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign with around 300 travel industry partners aimed to educate and ensure British travellers stay safe and healthy abroad. The campaign was launched in 2001 to promote key messages including adequate travel insurance, country travel advice and more as well as a checklist full of practical trips for having a safe and enjoyable time.

Freewalker Adventure Travel 

Freewalker Adventure Travel has been a fully registered and insured CC since 2009 and is focused on the Adventure Travel sector in South Africa and African Travel destinations. Freewalker offer our volunteers and students adventure weekends and full day trips over allocated weekends/leisure time. The adventure trips are combined with activities in each area, incredible scenery, hidden secrets, photographic opportunities, local knowledge and interactions. Freewalker Adventure Travel have a unique outlook on life and what we want to show our clients, places we want to visit and activities we have to do.

Student Universe & is a social network and travel advice website committed to providing you with everything you need to know about taking a gap year. We were created by backpackers, for backpackers, and offer expert advice on travelling, volunteering and working abroad, all tied together with inspirational ideas, opportunities and products.