The conservation project in Australia will give you an excellent chance to spend time amidst nature and do something to stop the adverse effects of pollution and deforestation. The project is spread across different cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra etc and participants will get to travel extensively while being a part of the project. Australia is a gorgeous country with intense geographical diversity and explore this island while volunteering would definitely be a beautiful journey.
There's only 1 project - the Conservation Volunteering Program, and the minimum duration to be a part of any project is 1 week to a maximum of 18 weeks. Although there's no fixed time to apply for the projects, we would suggest you to apply as soon as you decide to volunteer. You must apply at least 45 days before traveling abroad to join your project. The procedure to apply is very simple. You simply have to create an account, and then Login to your 'My Account' to update the details as required and pay your Program Fee.
The program is available throughout the year and one can choose the duration from 1 week to 8 weeks, depending on their convenience. The Conservation Program is meant for those who love to spend time amidst nature and want to connect with nature in the most meaningful manner.
Volunteers must book flights to their respective volunteering destinations. All major Australian airports are well connected to the rest of the world. The recommended airlines are: QANTAS Airways, British Airways, Thai Airways, Emirates, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia.
Volunteers traveling to Australia need to have a valid visa prior to their travel to Australia.
Considering the fact that Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. The months of December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter, and September to November is spring. However, you can visit the country at any time of the year. The coastal areas are usually pleasant throughout the year.
Australia is a tourist-friendly destination and hundreds of people from several parts of the world have landed up in the country in last few years. However, you have to use your prudence to stay safe. For example, stay in a group or with the fellow volunteers, especially when you want to hit the bar or go to grab a drink. Inform your coordinator if you have plans to explore the city alone, keep your emergency contact details always with you. Your pre-departure guidebook will be a good source of information for you and you must read that diligently.
Before you travel to Australia, you must consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We generally suggest our volunteers to take the Yellow Fever Vaccine (Required if travelling from a YFV infected country), Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also carry your regular medicines along with you, in case you need them.
You need to get a Travel and Medical Insurance before setting out for a volunteering trip. VolSol also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
Projects normally run for 5 days per week, with one or two days free per week for relaxing or sightseeing. Project hours are from 8am – 4pm daily, although this can vary on some projects when required by seasonal conditions or project activities.
Volunteers travel to a different project location every week or two. This means that in a 6-week Conservation Experience, volunteers will generally visit at least 3 different project locations, and will usually undertake 2 or 3 different types of project activities, depending on conservation needs and project availability at the time. We incorporate as much variety into our program as possible, while focussing on essential conservation as the main outcome.
The evenings would be relaxing, and volunteers can head out to explore the local markets, or stay at the accommodation and get to know their peers better.
Projects normally run for 5 days per week, with one or two days free per week for relaxing or sightseeing. Project hours are from 8am – 4pm daily, although this can vary on some projects when required by seasonal conditions or project activities. Australia has lot to offer and during the weekends you can head out and explore different areas. Your project team leader can also give you some suggestions while on the trip.
During the Conservation Program volunteers are usually placed in teams of between 6 and 10 people. A Conservation Project Team Leader manages each team. The Team Leader provides all training required on-site, explains the conservation aims of the project to the volunteers, and is responsible for the safe conduct and management of each project.
Volunteering Solutions is a world leader in global volunteer placement abroad. We strive to maintain our credibility and trust people put in us. In an effort to provide efficient services, we choose our accommodation and other aspects of the project so as to provide best of volunteering experiences to our volunteers.
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we facilitate on ‘first come first serve’ basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $225 + bank charges. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments, however, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting date of the program. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Australian volunteer programs?
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Australian volunteer projects :
– The minimum age requirement for the volunteers is 18 years and above.
– Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
– The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
– Participant must be in good health.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 6+ years, we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for student groups- college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as group of colleagues.
Visit Group Volunteering page for more information.
Volunteering Solutions provides placement to volunteers in different cities of Australia. The preference of the city should be specified in the application form. The available program locations are:
– Sydney (as first gateway city only)
Yes – many volunteers choose to make bookings from two or more starting locations. If you choose this option, you’ll need to arrange and pay for your own travel between starting locations. You should either leave a week in between your bookings, or arrange to rejoin at your new starting location on Monday morning as we cannot accommodate volunteers arriving on weekends.
All volunteers are required to arrive in the nearest airports at their preferred location in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney.
You will be provided with the official address in your preferred city. You will have to report there by 11 AM for the Orientation session. After your Orientation, you will meet the other volunteers and our team members. You will then be transferred near your project location where you will start with your project on Monday.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fees is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame. If you decide to volunteer in separate programs in multiple countries, you will need to fill separate applications.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
Volunteers traveling to Australia need to have a valid visa. We provide with the necessary supporting documents for your VISA application processing.
More information shall be provided after you become a Volunteering Solutions enrolled participant.
All the major cities in Australia have connectivity with all major airlines around the world. The recommended airlines are :
Australia is a tourist friendly destination. The country welcomes you with open arms. However, you have to use your prudence to stay out of the harm’s way. For example, stay in a group or with the fellow volunteers, especially when you want to hit the bar or go grab a drink. Inform your coordinator if you have plans to explore the city alone, keep your emergency contact details always with you. Your pre-departure booklet is a good source of information for you and you must read that diligently.
We recommend you to consult your physician or travel doctor before travelling to Australia.
Generally the following vaccinations are recommended for travellers going to Australia :
– Yellow Fever (Required if travelling from a YFV infected country)
– Hepatitis A and B
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
You will need to make your own way to the office which is your starting point. All our offices are at central locations, and we will provide directions to help you get there.
You need to plan accordingly, in order to arrive at the office by 11am on Friday morning, and be ready to start your program.
A member of the in-country coordinating team will take you to your placement and introduce you to your project after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.
You will be briefed about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport as well.
Accommodation will vary according to each project location. Typical accommodation includes volunteer houses, caravans, hostels, bunkhouses and camping (we supply the tents). Volunteers are allotted accommodation on sharing basis.
For breakfast, we usually provide cereals, bread or toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is normally a self-made sandwich and fruit; in the evening we enjoy a meal prepared by the group, typically something like pasta, roast or a vegetarian option. Volunteers help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up of dishes, plus some domestic duties as required. We rely on every volunteer to participate fully in the program, and the evening meal is a popular part of the day.
Yes, however you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Your program fee covers your Accommodation, Food and In country Support. You will need to cover your personal expenses, such as local transport, telephone, internet, shopping, weekend trips etc.
However, you should carry around $70-80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on weekend sightseeing tours.
Plenty of money exchange counters and ATMs are available at the airport as well in most the Australian cities.
Volunteers usually work for 7 to 8 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off, so you can travel on weekends.
However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions Australia program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
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