Many animal advocates search for ways to help improve animal welfare. At ACE, we recommend primarily supporting charities reducing farmed animal suffering, for example by pushing for improved welfare standards and supporting the development, production, and use of alternatives to farmed animal products, as these areas provide an opportunity to have a large impact.
Other causes ACE considers high impact and recommends are reducing wild animal suffering and capacity building, for instance by conducting research to find effective advocacy interventions.
In the sections below, we suggest volunteer options for each of these three cause areas.
Volunteer for Farmed Animals
If you are interested in volunteering for an organization that focuses on reducing farmed animal suffering, we encourage you to volunteer with the following recommended charities.
Albert Schweitzer Foundation (Top Charity)
The Albert Schweitzer Foundation maintains a network of local volunteers based in Germany. Volunteering activities include workshops, tabling events, public protests, virtual reality campaigns, and online activism.
The Good Food Institute (Top Charity)
The Good Food Institute (GFI) sometimes offers internships in various departments. To see their current openings, check their jobs page.
Their Alt Protein Project also offers volunteer opportunities to students across its six university chapters: Wageningen University, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, CU Boulder, UNC Chapel Hill, and Tel Aviv University. They encourage students in these and other universities to reach out to GFI or their student chapters for volunteer opportunities.
The Humane League (Top Charity)
The Humane League offers several meaningful ways to get involved with their programs. Volunteer opportunities range from online activism, community organizing, campaign actions, fundraising, research, and events.
Anima International (Standout Charity)
Anima International is always looking for volunteers to join their team. Information on how to volunteer with their national organizations is available in English, Estonian, Russian, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Danish, Ukrainian and Polish. Additionally, they provide resources on how to start an organization or campaign.
Compassion in World Farming USA (Standout Charity)
Compassion in World Farming USA currently offers fundraising, community events, and campaigning volunteer positions.
Essere Animali (Standout Charity)
Essere Animali currently recruits volunteers to take part in their Action Center and support their campaigns with online actions.
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) (Standout Charity)
In addition to applying for their Animal Activist program, FIAPO offers a variety of volunteering opportunities year-round.
The Good Food Fund (Standout Charity)
The Good Food Fund, CBCGDF, invites you to apply your writing, translating, fundraising, training, community building, strategizing, campaigning skills to help advance good food in China. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Sinergia Animal (Standout Charity)
Sinergia Animal recruits both local and online volunteers to support their work. Activities range from virtual campaigns to local protests and other forms of animal advocacy. Information on how to volunteer is available in English, Spanish, Thai, Bahasa and Portuguese.
Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira (Standout Charity)
The Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira looks for volunteers to help promote plant-based diets in Brazil. Volunteering activities include academic research, recipe research, campaigning, and translation, as well as graphic design, videography, and photography.
Vegetarianos Hoy (Standout Charity)
Vegetarianos Hoy recruits both local and online volunteers in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Volunteering activities include promotion and mentoring in the VeggieChallenge.org, academic research, supermarkets research, legal advocacy, translations, graphic design, recipe research, and videography.
Volunteer for Research
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ACE offers research internships which are usually paid, with the exceptions of some countries we are unable to hire staff in. Mentored by an ACE researcher or other staff member deeply involved in ACE’s research, our Research Interns design and execute original projects that suit their interests as well as ACE’s needs. Previous interns have designed and conducted surveys, investigated the animal advocacy movement in various countries, conducted literature searches, and reviewed the latest animal advocacy research.
Faunalytics (Standout Charity)
Faunalytics lists a number of volunteer opportunities on their website and currently welcomes library writers and editors, statisticians and research support (especially R experts), graphic designers, and Adwords or SEO professionals. Volunteers are welcome year-round.
Volunteer for Wild Animal Welfare
Wild Animal Initiative (Top Charity)
Wild Animal Initiative is seeking collaborations with researchers in fields relevant to wild animal welfare, such as biology, conservation, and veterinary medicine. They are also looking for driven students in the sciences to organize wild animal welfare discussions or other activities at their universities. Researchers and students can email email@example.com to express interest or learn more.