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India Bear and Elephant Sanctuary

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India Bear and Elephant Sanctuary

Soak up all that India has to offer while making lifelong friends and memories, and working to save some of the country’s most recognisable and beloved inhabitants.

Prices from US$945

India, a land of remarkable diversity, plays host to ancient cultures,  breathtaking landscapes, vibrant colours and culinary creations which will ignite your curiosity and send your senses into overdrive! Few countries in the world carve such a deep and lasting impression on their visitors as India does, with every corner of the country ready to offer you something unique. 

India harbours some of the richest biodiversity in the world, comprising a fascinating variety of charismatic species, both large and small, such as the well known sloth bears. However these bears are under threat from human exploitation and the 'dancing bear' practice througout India. As well as this, the Indian elephant is also facing threats from poaching, habitat destruction and human enslavement, forcing these animals to perform for entertainment. 

The wildlife sanctuary in Agra makes it their mission to rescue and rehabilitate these animals. Volunteering on this project will enable you to gain firsthand experience and take action against animal cruelty, rescuing wildlife in distress, and working with communities to reduce human-wildlife conflicts and promote sustainable conservation.

Soak up all that India has to offer while making lifelong friends and memories, and working to save some of the country's most recognisable and beloved inhabitants. 



  • Work alongside Indian Sloth Bears and Elephants
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of this ancient country
  • Gain firsthand experience of wildlife care and rehabilitation


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Agra, India

Bear/Elephant feeding
Observing the bears and elephants for research
Constructing enrichment structures for the bears
General maintenance of enclosures and facilities
Plantation/nursery maintenance and development                                                                                                                                       Bathing and walking with the elephants 


Transport Volunteers must make their own way to the project site                                                                                                                                             Transportation to and from the centre and volunteer guest house included


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Volunteer guest house





Before you go Pre-departure support 
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The aim of the project is to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in distress in both urban and rural environments, with a large focus on the 'dancing bears' and Indian elephants rescued from circuses and other human-wildlife conflicts. These animals are often orphaned, injured and malnourished. The project aims to assist in their recovery and rehabilitation but where this is not possible, permanent homes are provided for the animals at the rescue facility. Volunteers will be able to make a major contribution to the welfare of these bears and elephants during this project, with the opportunity to work alongside some incredible animals and help to make a positive impact on their lives. 


Volunteers will spend 6 days a week working with the bears and elephants at the Rescue centre, between 9am - 5pm. On your first day you will receive an orientation session and any necessary training you may need whilst on the project.

Work will be varied and dependent on the needs of the centre at the time of arrival. Volunteer activities may include:

  • Constructing enrichment structures for sloth bears to play with
  • Assisting on daily drives through the bear sanctuary, distributing food for the bears
  • Bear and Elephant observations
  • General maintenance of enclosures and facilities 
  • Plantation/Nursery maintanence and development 
  • Those with an interest in volunteering with the elephants may also be able to assist in scrubbing, bathing and walking the elephants
  • Bear/Elephant kitchen work such as food prep

Please note that this programme focuses more on spending time with elephants rather than actual wildlife conservation work.

Volunteers will not only have the benefit of working with the animals, but also have the unique opportunity to work with the local community to reduce human-wildlife conflict and promote sustainable conservation efforts. 

The work undertaken by volunteers will be tiring and physical, however it will be extremely rewarding and you will be sure to leave the project with memories of an amazing and unique experience contributing to the welfare of bears and elephants in India. Not only this, but during your free time you will have the opportunity to explore Agra and some of the India's most treasured sites. This could include a trip to the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world), Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, as well as exploring the local street and food markets to get a real taste of Indian culture. 


Upon your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (DEL), you will need to make your own way to the project accommodation in Agra. You will need to arrange a taxi from the airport to the train station where you can then get a train to Agra. From here you will then need to get another taxi to your accommodation (this will work out at approximately INR 5000 rupees, about 70US$). Our partner organisation in India will be able to arrange the airport transfer for volunteers through a safe and reliable taxi service at an additional cost. As projects start on a Monday, volunteers should arrive on the Sunday in order to have time to make your way to the accommodation and settle in before beginning the project.


You will be staying in a volunteer guest house, with twin shared bedrooms and bathrooms. The house will be basic, but clean and comfortable. there is electricity available within the house 24/7, along with communal areas with a TV for volunteers to relax after a long day. Each room has its own bathroom, with western style toilets and there is also a kitchen and washing machine for volunteers to store food and wash their own clothes. 


You will be provided with three Indian vegetarian meals a day (including weekends). Lunch and dinner will be cooked for you by a house cook while breakfast will be provided for you to cook yourself. The food will be based around Indian cuisine, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the Indian lifestyle. Dishes could include vegetarian curries such as Aloo Gobi (cauliflower with potatoes and spices in curry), Roti and naan breads, rice dishes, and curries packed full of flavours, vegetables and spices. Any special dietry requirements will also be catered for throughout the project. If you don't want Indian Cuisine at any point then there is a great pizza delivery service, along with supermarkets nearby for those wishing to purchase any of their own foods which can be stored in the accommodation kitchen.

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In your free time, or after your placement has finished, you may have the opportunity to engage in a number of cultural and adventure activities.  Attend Bollywood festivals and theatre performances, explore remote villages and visit magnificent ancient temples, test your nerve as you rock climb high above coffee and tea plantations and spot tigers and monkeys as you trek through the jungle.


1 week US$1,045

2 weeks US$1,695

Longer durations are available upon request.

Departure Dates

Project starts weekly every Monday.


1 week +

What's Included

Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (DEL)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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