In this program, you will have an opportunity to undo some of this damage and make a real contribution to the conservation of Australia’s native wildlife by supporting a local sanctuary that provides a refuge for Australia’s threatened species. Set amongst 170 acres of natural bushland, with 80 acres protected by state of the art feral-predator proof fence. This is the largest feral-free natural bushland in New South Wales which provides a safe habitat for over 180 species of mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles. This sanctuary also provides refuge for rehabilitated injured and orphaned animals, treated and raised by professional caretakers. Due to various reasons they are unable to be re-released into the wild. Along with providing a refuge for wildlife, the sanctuary is also home to ancient aboriginal sites, including cave paintings and middens.
Your role as a volunteer
Project fee from EUR 1,870
Short Term Impact
Animal care work is a daily priority. The sanctuary has a team of rangers taking care of the animals every singe day, but there is usually more work than there are hands and hours in the day, and this is the reason you are so important and your help is always appreciated.
You are needed to assist the rangers with animal care. However, there is an element of ‘non-animal care’ tasks which is also really important as the park is a public place. The upkeep of the park grounds is important because visitors come to visit the park and it must always be aesthetically pleasing to show that not only the animals are well looked after but so is the park itself. Having the park maintained keeps public members wanting to come back which is crucial as teaching the public about the issues that Australian animals are facing due to habitat loss. While helping with the maintenances of the park grounds, the friendly wildlife is always hanging around enjoying the attention of your presence.
Medium Term Impact
Some of the animals are kept in camps (either for their own protection, or for the protection of other animals). It is important that these camps retain the natural features that the particular species needs. It is also important that the animals in restricted environments are constantly challenged to retain their wild behaviors and to ensure their mental and physical wellbeing.
You will be called on to assist with enclosure building, maintenance and re-furnishing to ensure an enriched environment for these animals.
The Sanctuary relies on visitor entry fees to fund their work. To keep visitors visiting, it is important that the places within the sanctuary are easily and safely accessible. The weather and termites take a huge toll on the path surfaces, wooden edges and boardwalks. You will be called upon to repair the walking tracks.
Long Term Impact
Project tasks, especially those that assist with the long term security of the sanctuary, may sometimes seem repetitive – but your efforts will make a huge difference. Be prepared to spend time on activities such as hand pulling of weeds, planting, collecting litter, mending the fox-proof fence and building walking tracks. Even when involved with other ‘non animal tasks’, the friendly wildlife is always hanging around to enjoy your attention.
We do not expect you to be super-fit or super-strong, only that you commit yourself to tasks that best suit your ability. Enjoy the project locations, your fellow team members, the kangaroos and emus that will follow you about, and the fact that you are contributing to the conservation initiatives in Australia is something special and much appreciated.
The project aims
The project is a local organization that works with the conservation Tasmanian wildlife, cares for the ill, wounded and orphaned animals and to provide a safe and sustainable habitat for them, as well as educate and inform the society about the importance of a healthy wildlife.
By joining this program you will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to all species of Australian wildlife. The purpose of this program is to protect indigenous animals and plants through direct conservation activities such as Eucalyptus tree plantation, providing a longterm food supply for the koalas and native grasses for kangaroos and wallabies; building and repairing broken fences, gates, barriers and tracks that control visitor access to environmentally sensitive areas whilst protecting ancient Aboriginal sites; and making sure the bush habitat is protected so that animals can live safely and happily in their natural environment which is really important for their survival.
We work with a local partner dedicated to Australian wildlife and nature.
You will be picked up by a local coordinator at Central Station in Sydney and go directly to the accomodation facilities in Beecroft, where you will stay during the whole stay. On monday you will go to the project and get an introduction of the park, where you will gain much understanding of the park’s activities.
After the introduction you will continue to undergo training and also participate in the daily activities at the projectsite.
You will start the day in the volunteer house with a self serving breakfast. After that you will take the train to the project and help out with daily tasks, such as:
Helping to feed the animals
Maintaining the Sanctuary Grounds
Cleaning enclosures and their environment
Clearing paths and raking droppings and debris
Building new enclosures and fences
Maintaining nature trails
Supporting environmental education programs
Repairing animal educational displays
When you are done for the day you will take the train back to the accomodation where you will have time to rest and socialize with other volunteers.
Accommodation and food
You will stay in house with other volunteers in Beecroft, which is located 40 km outside of Sydney. This gives the opportunity to easily take the bus to Sydney on your free time or explore tourist attractions such as Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach, Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Food is also included. Breakfast and dinner is prepared by the volunteers at home and lunch will be packed and brought to the project.
In Sydney there will be a a lot to explore. You are going to work Monday to Friday and have the weekends to explore the surroundings of Sydney.
Australia is a very big country, larger than Europe and nearly as large as the United States. Arriving in Sydney followed by a programme in Australian nationalpark is the perfect way of starting your Australia adventure. If you have more time make sure to travel the East Coast in order to experience rainforests, Frasier Island, The Great Barrier Reef and little sleepy villages where surfers are enjoing life. Combine this with metropolitan cities like Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Also there is interesting ancient history to learn more from in Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the home of crocodiles in the Northern territories to explore. Don’t miss out on experiencing Australia!
Flight tickets are not included in the price. You should book your ticket so that you arrive in Sydney on Sunday, the day before the start of the project between 8 am to 5 pm. Your last working day will be a Friday, after the amount of weeks that you choose to volunteer. If you are planning to go home right after the end of the project, you should book your return ticket on the next day that is Saturday. Make sure to doublecheck that the arrival and the departure dates are correct according to your time at the project.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Make sure to contact a vaccinations office in order to find out if there are any vaccinations required/recommended for your trip.