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Conservation Volunteer For Endangered Animals
Conservation Volunteer For Endangered Animals

Gladstone, Australia

Conservation Volunteer For Endangered Animals

Trip Highlights

  • A chance to take care of native animals like the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby and Northern and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats
  • Provide medical care for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife through its rescue and rehabilitation program
  • Learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy natural environment to ensure the well-being of Australian native species
  • Meet new friends from around the world and create an enriching experience for yourself
  • Gain first-hand work experience while working with a professional wildlife carer who consults to the government

Overview

Overview

The Program in Australia is meant for all those animal-loving souls who are keen to volunteer abroad for a meaningful cause and contribute effectively towards the wellbeing of the native animals. The project is situated near Mount Larcom, a rural town in northern Australia. Being a volunteer, you'll get to work at a rescue center and shelter home, which has an abundance of animals in temporary or permanent care at any given time. Apart from the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby and Northern and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats, you may care for wildlife such as sugar gliders, lizards, non-venomous snakes, koalas, and native birds.

It’ll be a great opportunity for you to work closely with professional conservationists. The program provides medical care for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife through its rescue and rehabilitation program. Animals are nursed back to health with the goal of being well enough to be released back into the wild. The wildlife carer also delivers a range of wildlife education programs that highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy natural environment to ensure the well-being of Australian native species.


Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Every volunteer is required to show proof of Tetanus vaccination prior to joining the program. The program is suitable for those with a keen interest in animal and wildlife conservation. However, the program is open to all and you do not need the necessary qualifications to join the program. Participants should be prepared to work outdoors and should be fit and healthy.


Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

As a volunteer for this program, your daily activities may consist of:

  • Preparing food for the animals
  • Feeding the animals
  • Cleaning the animal enclosures
  • Providing enrichment for the animals
  • Laundry duties
  • Keeping the project grounds clean and tidy 

Other activities may include:

  • Maintenance activities, including building enclosures
  • Harvesting/collecting food for the animals
  • Planting trees
  • Attending animal rescues
  • Attending animal releases
  • Catching Nailtail Wallabies for the 3 monthly health check
  • Fundraising activities e.g. stalls or handing out leaflets
  • Involvement in community education event

Volunteers must note that this is a hands-off the project and you are not allowed to touch animals unless given specific permission and shown how.


Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteer Work Schedule

It is important that volunteers must be willing to work and show initiative as there are specific tasks that need to be completed each day prior to all of the volunteers leaving for the day. 

The majority of your time is spent cleaning and feeding animals and their enclosures.

5.15 AM - Breakfast
5.30 AM - Cleaning enclosures/feeding animals
10.30 AM – 10.45 AM - Morning tea
10.45 AM-12.00 PM - Cleaning enclosures/feeding animals
12 PM – 2.00 PM - Lunch and Rest 
2.00 PM onwards - Afternoon feeding 
Evenings are mostly free, and dinner is served.
Note: This routine is provided as a guide only. The routine can depend on which season you visit. 


Living

Living

Arrival Info

Volunteers need to book their flights to arrive at Gladstone Airport (Airport Code: GLT) after taking a connecting flight from Brisbane. Make sure you book your flights to arrive at Gladstone between 9 am to 4 pm. Alternatively, you also take a bus or train from Brisbane to Gladstone. Volunteers may be picked up from Gladstone Airport or they can take a train or bus to the local town for pick up. The project is located near Mount Larcom (35 km west of Gladstone).in Queensland. Volunteers can be picked up from Gladstone or can come directly to Mount Larcom by train or bus. Upon arrival, volunteers are collected and transported to the project site.

Orientation

Volunteers will be oriented and guided about the work to do. The first week involves lots of on the job training as each volunteer learns the different tasks involved in caring for the animals and the different jobs that need to be carried out to support the animals and the maintenance of the project. 

Accommodation

Volunteers stay on-site at the project in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There are laundry facilities located on-site.

Meals

Main meals and morning/afternoon tea are supplied at the project; vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request. Volunteers should bring their own supply of snacks and there is a weekly trip into Gladstone to stock up on supplies. Volunteers have access to a communal kitchen and are expected to prepare their own meals and snacks. 

During Your Free Time

Volunteers will not get any free time during their stay, however, they may choose to spend time in Gladstone or embark upon some of the interesting things to do in the surrounding areas, either before or after the project. The Great Barrier Reef is on your doorstep so take a tour to explore, do a dive course or a liveaboard. Only minutes from the project location is Gladstone's most prominent natural landmark – Mount Larcom. Mount Larcom is commonly referred to as the ‘lion mountain’ because it resembles a lion and lioness facing each other. At the heart of the city is Goondoon Street, perfect for shoppers and tourists. You can explore the Library Square, the site of the city’s monthly produce and arts and crafts market.


Dates

Dates

2024

January

08

15

22

29

February

05

12

19

26

March

04

11

18

25

April

01

08

15

22

29

May

06

13

20

27

June

03

10

17

24

July

01

08

15

22

29

August

05

12

19

26

September

02

09

16

23

30

October

07

14

21

28

November

04

11

18

25

December

02

09

16

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Costs

Costs

2 Weeks $1150
3 Weeks $1550
4 Weeks $1950
5 Weeks $2350
6 Weeks $2750
Extra Week $495

Please Note: -An application fee of $229 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 5% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfers from the local town to the project (depending upon availability)
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24-hour in-country support
    • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Visas

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