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Animals cannot help themselves – they must depend on people who care to fight for them. HSI represents more than 10 million people around the world who care.

Join them.

PO Box 439 AVALON NSW 2107
(61) (2) 9973 1728



Where would HSI be without our volunteers? These passionate individuals help us on a daily basis and generously offer their time, energy and positive outlook to support our work and the animals they care so deeply about.  There are not enough ways to say thank you to these individuals. 


HSI has many volunteers who help us with a variety of office work including mail-outs, writing receipts, filing and typing. Our only office within Australia is located in Avalon, on the northern beaches of Sydney, NSW. If you live locally and can spare some time we would love to hear from you.


HSI has many volunteers throughout Australia who help our campaigners by completing research and/or writing nominations to increase legal recognition and protection of our precious species and ecological communities. To help in this regard you need to have completed an undergraduate science or related degree and have access to a computer and the internet. For more information, please email admin@hsi.org.au


HSI does not have any projects within Australia where we can provide volunteers with "hands-on" animal care/protection work.

For those who are interested in this type of volunteer work, please click here to view our information on how you may help other groups in Australia, in this way.

Additionally, a number of our program partners offer opportunties to assist them with hands on work and they organise this directly themselves.  You can find out more about our partner programs here


As a volunteer, you will work with the bears at Agra, building hammocks for Sloth bears to rest in, constructing enrichment structures for them to play with and escorting the keepers on daily drives through the bear sanctuary distributing the bears’ afternoon food. Apart from the bears, during your stay at Agra you will also enjoy the opportunity to visit the elephants and help with either their feeding or with giving them a bath.  On your first day at the centre you will receive an orientation session including how the centre works, information on the different types of bears and a full tour of the centre. You will be trained and supervised by the experienced animal keepers at the centre as well as the volunteer coordinator. Click here for full details.

Lake Victoria, Kenya - Tourism Hub Project

The Lake Victoria tourism hub project is a community based conservation and development project based out of Homa Bay, on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. The goals of the project are to improve the welfare of the people and biodiversity living in this unique region of our planet. The project is designed and lead by Michael Odula, a well-known Kenyan conservationist, who was awarded the prestigious United Nations Environment Program's Global 500 Award of Honour in 1990. For more information on volunteering opportunities for this unique project please click here


If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, please contact Wendi or Michelle on (02) 9973 1728 or email admin@hsi.org.au for further information.


A great privilege – being a volunteer  by Rosa Hall



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