Volunteer in Australia
wildlife conservation volunteering in Australia
Volunteer in Australia with GapXperience and join the wildlife conservation program!
Go on a journey into the wilderness of Australia to take part in this wonderful wildlife conservation initiative.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 weeks
Start Dates 2018 : 16 April, 7 May, 21 May, 4 June, 18 June, 2 July, 16 July, 6 August, 20 August, 3 September, 17 September, 1 October, 15 October, 5 November, 19 November, 3 December
Pickup : Sydney train station on Sunday 08.00 to 20.00
Age: From 18 years old
About the Program in Australia at the Wildlife Sanctuary
With your assistance, you play a meaningful and active role in preserving and increasing populations of rare and endangered Australian flora and fauna. This program provides you the opportunity to help by contributing your time and efforts in helping a wildlife sanctuary on their day to day tasks who house some of Australian fauna who are facing extinction or are a threatened species.
Australia has some of the world’s most unique wildlife, with many species found only in this country. This makes wildlife conservation in Australia incredibly important. In this program, you will make a real contribution to the conservation of Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife as you work alongside the rangers at a local sanctuary.
This sanctuary also provides a refuge for rehabilitated but un-releasable injured and orphaned animals. It also protects an ancient Aboriginal landscape where you can see Aboriginal sites that show evidence of Australia’s original people, including hand-stenciled caves and sandstone engravings.
In this program, the participants will assist the park rangers with general animal care. They will help with crucial maintenance of the fox-proof fence to keep the animals safe from introduced predators, and bush care and regeneration work to preserve healthy habitat for the animals and to save endangered plant species, are just some of the environmental projects that they get involved with. Mending fences and maintaining enclosures takes on a magical aspect when you’re accompanied by free-ranging trusting inquisitive wildlife.
Much of the animal care work involves cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and their natural bush habitat, pulling weeds, and collecting litter.
Aims & Objectives
By joining this program participants will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to help saving Australian wildlife from extinction, and to protect the animals’ natural home and care for the dependent and wild animals that live in the sanctuary. And you will gain a valuable experience on learning how to operate and manage a national park by working as a mini ranger in the sanctuary.
Monday to Friday
After having breakfast at the Center, you will travel to the park by train to the Sanctuary. You will engage in your daily tasks at the project and packed lunch will be provided for you to have at the project. After completing your day’s work, you will return to your Center in Beecroft by train for a well deserved rest.
Your daily tasks will include,
assisting the park rangers with general animal care
helping with crucial maintenance of the fox-proof fence to keep the animals safe and regeneration work to preserve healthy habitat for the animals and to save endangered plant species
joining activities such as hand pulling of weeds and collecting litter
cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and their natural bush habitat
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
All participants are required to bring a photocopy of the passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to physical work which will include light construction and other ‘hands on’ duties like hand weeding, clearing debris, rubbish removal, removal of invasive non-native tree species etc. This program will not suit participants who are afraid of wild fauna and insects or don’t wish to do physical work.
All participants will need to undergo compulsory training over 1-2 days before working on the project. Training will be included during the first week and may be ongoing as new tasks arise.
All placements must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before starting date, after this period placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis only and extra charges may apply.
Arrival details must be informed at least 2 week prior to the date of arrival, otherwise they will have to make their way to the Center on their own.
Certificates will be issued for the completion of this training and program participation only after placements have been successfully completed.
Due to Australia’s strict visa regulations, we are unfortunately unable to help to secure visas. Participants coming from western/ European countries can easily get visas online.
Maximum duration is 4 weeks.
This program is strictly monitored, and participants will have to leave Australia at the end of the program duration.
Participants below 18 years require parental consent, and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the program.
Participants will be required to sign House rules, code of conduct and other documents before starting their program.
The below list of things are essential for you to start the program. Participants will not be allowed to take part in the program if they do not have the required gear.
Long loose-fitting comfortable work pants, made out of either canvas, cotton or denim
T-shirts with short or long sleeves – shirt neckline must be high enough and length must be long enough so when the participant is stretching up or leaning over to work, they do not expose their stomach or back or chest
Hiking boots or other very supportive closed footwear
Thick hiking socks
Hat or cap
Rain jacket that is waterproof and covers down to mid-thigh, or shorter rain jacket with rain pants
Strong gardening or work gloves
No singlets or hot shorts to be worn while working at the park
Lockable luggages / locks
Beach wear during free time (you might need it during your free time)
Plug for Australia standard or Travel Charger/converter
Medication you may require
When working, participants are not permitted to wear or use:
Stretch ‘leggings’ or other tight trousers of pants
T-shirts with no sleeves (“vests”)
Shirts that allow the chest or midriff/stomach/back to be exposed when working
Open sandals or non-supportive shoes
Sydney is Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most liveable and beautiful cities. Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney also has some of Australia’s most famous surf beaches like Coogee and Bondi Beach, beautiful coastline scenery and easy access to Royal National Park, the world’s second national park. Beyond the beautiful coastline Sydney’s ethnically diverse streets are full of action, and home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the world’s most iconic structures.
Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Beecroft in Northern Suburbs in Sydney 25 km from the Sydney central business district (25 to 30 minutes drive). You will be staying in the residential area where you can easily reach all the services and facilities such as supermarkets, ATMs, banks, shopping malls, and restaurants. There are many tourist destinations which can be reached within 25 – 45 mins drive from the House Center. Among them there are white sandy beaches where you can spend your free time, such as Bondi Beach, Manly beach, Coogee beach, and places of interest such as Sydney opera house, Darling harbour and many more.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
Your Center is located in Beecroft, Greater Sydney, where you will be staying in comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The center has a well equipped kitchen which you can use to store your food and make your own meals as per your wishes. And there is also cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants, watch movies and spend time.
Three meals during weekdays and no meals on the weekends. Breakfast and dinner is self prepared and packed lunch will be given at the project.
In this location, breakfast and dinner have to be self prepared and packed lunch will be provided during your project days. You can change the breakfast and dinner menu according to your wishes and share with the other participants and cook together.
During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available at the kitchen if you wish you stay at the center during the weekends.
The cooking facility will be available for you to prepare breakfast from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and for dinner from 6 pm to 8 pm only.
Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store your personal food and beverages.
Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available within 15 mins walk.
Part time coordinator support will be available during your stay. However, you are required to be independent to travel to the project on your own, prepare your own meals and clean the centre twice a week
Prices of the Program
Prices in Pounds
2 weeks : 1535 Pounds
Prices in US$
2 weeks : 2110 US$
Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 1725 Euro
What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, a 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment.
Why book with GapXperience
How to Book your Program
Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.