Trip Details

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 distinct 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. You will help with the 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. Mending fences and maintaining enclosures takes on a magical aspect when you’re accompanied by wildlife which is free-ranging, trusting and inquisitive.

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 to save Australian wildlife from extinction and to protect the animals’ natural home and care for wild animals that live in the sanctuary. You will gain a valuable experience in learning how to operate and manage a national park by working as a mini ranger in the sanctuary.

 

Trip Itinerary

After having breakfast at the Centre, you will be driven by your coordinator to the wildlife park and picked up in the evenings after a hard day’s work.

You will engage in your daily tasks at the project. You can have the lunch that you have prepared and packed for yourself from the centre. After completing your day’s work, you will return to your Centre 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 a 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

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Australia 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

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 the Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest 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 Australia’s most iconic structures.

Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Beecroft in the Northern Suburbs of 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 a 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 the Sydney Opera House, Darling harbour and many more.

Accommodation & Food

Your Centre is located in Beecroft, Greater Sydney, where you will be staying in a comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The centre 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 cosy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants, watch movies and spend time.

Food Arrangements
Get excited and roll up your sleeves to prepare a large varieties of meals and bring out that little master-chef inside you. You will be provided with enough staple food ingredients. Prepare different menus of breakfast, lunch and dinner by yourself and share with the other participants. The cooking facility will be available for you to prepare breakfast from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and 6 pm to 8 pm for dinner.

During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available at the kitchen if you wish to stay at the centre during the weekends. Furthermore, you are welcome to use the refrigerator to store your personal food and beverages.

Facilities
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

Trip Country Info

Australia

Australia is the most popular gap year holiday & travel destination in the world with a number of diverse locations where Australia gap year adventures, volunteer work and road trips can be undertaken.  It is an island continent and the world’s sixth largest country, with a population of roughly 22.7 million people. Lying between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the country is approximately 4,000 km from east to west and 3,200 km from north to south, with a coastline 36,735 km long.  There are some stunning natural wonders you can take in when enjoying a gap year holiday in Australia such as The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock) as well as some man made ones like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Australia’s first inhabitants, the Aboriginal people, are believed to have migrated from some unknown point in Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country’s landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in Australia, working whilst travelling or are considering volunteer work in Australia have a look at our latest gap experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

All participants are required to bring a photocopy of the passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
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.
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.
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.

Additional Requirements

All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to do 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.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa