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In the field of Environment, we have volunteer opportunities in Tasmania at Big Ears Animal Sanctuary, in Western Australia at Nearer to Nature or in Queensland at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Information on these exciting volunteer opportunities is below!

Big Ears Animal Sanctuary

  • What’s the organisation? Big Ears Animal Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. Our purpose is to provide shelter, care, rehabilitation and in some cases onward re-homing to animals. In need, whether they be lost, abandoned or mistreated.
  • What will the volunteer do? The volunteer will: feed and water a variety of animals, cleaning and washing up, working with sick animals in the hospital, grooming animals, helping apply medications/creams etc to the animals. The volunteer will get to experience working with a large array of animals. The volunteer will also be a part of the Big Ears volunteer team which are an inclusive group of people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • What are the requirements? Initiative and ability to work unsupervised and with others. Further eligibility requirements can be found under the ‘Requirements’ section below.
  • Who will this suit? A person with a love and interest in animals.
  • Location? Longford, Tasmania (rural placement)
  • Duration? Semester or trimester
  • More information: www.bigearsanimalsanctuary.com

Nearer to Nature

  • What’s the organisation? Nearer to Nature provides the community with unique, enjoyable activities that help participants discover marvellous natural areas in and around Perth and the South West. Specially designed activities are offered for schools, holidays periods and the general public. For schools we provide excursions, incursions, professional learning and resources that meet requirements of the Australian Curriculum. During the school holidays, fun, hands-on activities bring kids of all ages up close and personal with our wonderful plants and animals in some very special places. Nearer to Nature’s overall aim is to increase the community’s environmental awareness, knowledge and skills, including the related heritage of Indigenous and European cultures.
  • What will the volunteer do? The volunteer will assist in the preparation, organisation and running of nature-based educational activities. The role is dynamic, with tasks varying from day to day, and the atmosphere around the Centre is always happy and fun.
  • What are the requirements? Good English, communication skills, desire to work with young children and interest/experience in science and education is preferred. Further eligibility requirements can be found under the ‘Requirements’ section below.
  • Who will this suit? Will suit an applicant who plans to go on to become a teacher or study science or the environment.
  • Location? The Perth Hills Discovery Centre is located approximately seven minutes drive from the township of Mundaring. Located 34 kilometres from the centre of Perth city, Mundaring is a vibrant community with shops, cafes and recreational facilities.
  • Duration? Semester program
  • More information: www.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

  • What’s the organisation? Only 12km from Brisbane City, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas.  Hold a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings.
  • What will the volunteer do? Experience what it is like to be a wildlife keeper, and assist our keepers in the daily care of our wildlife. Tasks include food preparation, cleaning exhibits, monitoring visitors, tidying around the sanctuary, interacting with visitors and assisting with enquiries. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with our koalas, macropods (kangaroos and wallabies), birds, mammals, and barnyard animals.
  • What are the requirements? Volunteers need to be responsible and reliable, friendly, hardworking and not mind getting dirty! For health and safety reasons, a good level of English comprehension is essential. Further eligibility requirements can be found under the ‘Requirements’ section below.
  • Who will this suit? An applicant with an interest in animals and their welfare.
  • Location? Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Duration? Trimester
  • More information: http://www.koala.net

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Volunteering
  • Location
  • Program for an individual or for a group
    Individual
  • Program highlights
    • Get off the beaten track and experience life in regional Australia
    • Make a meaningful contribution to a local community
    • Live with an Australian host family

What's included in your experience

  • Host Family Placement
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Meals
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Continuous Support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Domestic Transport
  • Medical Insurance
  • Community Service Placement

What you are responsible for

  • Airfare
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Stipend
  • Vaccinations