Nature Lovers, Volunteer At These Places To Live Free Of Cost And Make A Difference

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Always wanted to travel while making a difference? You can, with this list of wildlife societies/ forests you can volunteer at.

Bhimashankar Sanctuary

A joint program between Indian Wildlife Club and the Forest Department, Pune, they require volunteers to contribute at least one week of their time to patrol at Bhimashankar Sanctuary. You will stay with the Forest Guards in forest quarters and don’t expect a butler service here, for it will be a very basic quarter. You will be selected by the officials for it requires you patrolling the forest, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea. You can call them and get in touch to apply.

More info here.

Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra

SNM gives you a range of options to put your area of expertise to use. Whether you are a film maker who can help them make short films, or someone who can arrange tours, conduct lectures in schools and organise awareness campaigns in villages for their projects on Marine Turtle Conservation and Vulture Conservation- you are all welcome. Contact them here.


A pan-India initiative that stands for “Working Weekends on Organic Farms” – WWOOF is a network that allows volunteers to live and learn on organic properties and farms across the country. They have a few spots in Maharashtra as well that you can explore. You’ll need to pay USD 40 {INR 2,500 approx.} as membership fee which lets you have access to all their programs across the country.

Visit their website here.

Sadhana Village

Sadhana Village has been working since 1994 in the villages of Pune district – with communities who have been suffering from perennial vulnerabilities in terms of land holding, incomes, children’s education and employment. They need volunteers for the empowerment of women, rural schooling and more.

Visit their website here.

Satpuda Foundation

Satpuda Foundation works towards protecting the wilderness of central Indian highlands. You can work towards wildlife protection, nature conservation, nature education and more.

Visit their website here.


You’ll need to contact each of the organisations separately to be able to get an idea about the open positions. Most of them are smaller setups with no online registration process. We recommend you get in touch with them directly over phone or email.