What we are working with

Updated on 09.03.2019

We collaborate with people to serve the animals and environment around the world. We specialise in five key issues. Within each key issue, there are different areas revealing how we work in the field with each issue and how we solve problems in ways that reflects our vision.

Our key issues

Volunteer life can be a jungle to navigate and many volunteers get inaccurate information from some NGO websites, resulting in bad experiences and discouraging the volunteer from trying again. That was the inspiration behind Tanja Andersen’s, the founder of Serve Global Wildlife, creation of this platform steering potential volunteers through a process of choosing ethical NGOs that are the leaders in volunteer life and animal welfare.

Here is a brief description of our key issues. To find out more, please click the link under each issue.

The volunteer life

Too many volunteers take on an assignment thinking that they are headed to a party or a sunny holiday, or looking to escape daily pressures at home. They are often unaware of what they are getting into as a volunteer working with wildlife and the environment. Most don’t realize that a big part of their work will involve cleaning and that they are often not in contact with the animals. They are also often surprised by the changes they encounter in their new surroundings. Something as simple as the weather can all of s sudden be a challenge. This can result in a bad experience for both the volunteer and the NGO they signed on with.

Among the things we focus on is educating future volunteers so that they are well-prepared to go into the field. Our volunteers are ambassadors for Serve Global Wildlife who donate their time to our NGO partners, and are an example to other volunteers on how to best serve animals.

We encounter many NGOs who lack transparency. Volunteers tell stories of poor treatment, overpayment for services and broken promises. Some NGOs may find it hard to get media attention and attract volunteers if the volunteers lack funds, are too scared to travel on their own or nervous about an NGOs being credibility.

Part of our focus is on the teamwork we believe is vital if threats to wildlife are to be stopped. We have created a database for NGOs, in the hope that it will inspire strong collaborations and relationships resulting in shared knowledge, experience and support. We provide up-to-the-minute, credible information about the world’s leading NGOs.

Read more about our different areas of focus, and how we work to address problems.

Wild animals

The idea of holding or getting close to a wild animal is one many people dream of. Our desire to get close to a wild animal is often selfish and almost never what is best for the animal. But how can we know what is best for the animal if we have not been properly informed or do not know what is best for ourselves? Unconsciously, the largest part of the population lives in denial.

Part of our focus is to educate mankind in the traditions of animal welfare and how to serve animals in their natural habitat and how to have respect for other living creatures that we may be in direct contact with. We also want to be an example of how to have the courage to talk about the suppressed pain we often deny.

Climate and the environment

Our daily choices are often damaging to Mother Earth. Most people should be aware of the damage we are doing, because that information is everywhere on television, radio and social media. Many people just block it out and pay no attention. They ignore it and continue to make a mess of the planet, because, hey, everyone else does it and change is hard, right?

Part of our focus is to teach people how to make the small, individual changes that can have a huge effect in the long run. Be it helping to clear rubbish from the beaches or choosing palm oil-free products and minimising their use of plastics. It all helps!

Tourism

Tourism is the greatest cause of animals being kidnapped from the wild and forced to live out the rest of their lives in shows, zoos, parks and circuses, all for man’s selfish needs. When spirits are high on bright, sunny days, tourists too often buy a nice cold drink and perhaps head to the beach for a massage from a baby elephant or a cell phone photo with a lion cub. It all sounds great for the human, but what about the animal?

Part of our focus is to raise awareness and teach humanity how to be responsible tourists. Just say no to the abuse of trapped animals. No to phots, massages or any show that traps animals in cages or intrudes on their natural habitats.