once a month on a Thursday. Please see Start Dates under Work Content below.
3 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications required, but you should be
adaptable, enthusiastic and lots of initiative. Minimum
Full Price List
►Arranging your Program
►Full pre-departure support and assistance
►Payment Protection Insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required),
Food, Transport to and from
your project, Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
conservation and caring for animals and working with
Good if you want to learn about rescue and
rehabilitation of wildlife and care for animals
voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in or a short break
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
Australia and you'll learn about the Aborigine culture that makes
this country so fascinating!
The enormous satisfaction of helping animals and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Elements of work are diverse
- something to suit everyone. The organisation that is totally run by
volunteers dedicated to conserving Australia’s threatened wildlife and
ecosystems. Injured wildlife is brought into the centre from the general
public, veterinary clinics, wildlife centres, rangers and local
They have many animal species, like pelicans, kangaroos and even
at times penguins. Some of the wildlife has to stay at the
Centre for a long time before they can be released because
certain things have to be taken into account, such as the time
of year, if there is sufficient water around, bad or stormy
weather, release sites and habitat re-development Another
important aspect is the number of animals in the area and
whether the area can sustain them without risk of
The type of work is very varied,
depending on the time of year. The range of activities you may
- Caring for the animals and birds, including cleaning enclosures
- Preparing food and water for the animals.
- Filling the duck and swan pond.
- Checking the animal diet board to ensure that the sick or
injured animals are receiving the meals that have been specified for
- Cleaning the hospital boxes and tanks.
- Surveys and monitoring
- Ground maintenance: This includes tasks such as: checking the
upkeep of the animal enclosures; checking the hoses and fixing them
if required; checking the various pieces of equipment and reporting
which need replacing or repairing, in order to ensure things are
kept to the best standard possible
- Gardening and Laundry
- Animal welfare: the Center has the policy that the welbeing of
the animals, not the people, comes first! The Center admits native
animals that are in desperate need of help, so you should be
prepared for the fact that some of these injured or sick animals may
- You may also be able to assist with the various school groups
that come to the Center on educational outings. They usually have at
least one group a week.
Education and Training Programmes:
may also get involved in
the many different education and training programs that are open to the public.
They have a course suitable for any interested person, young or old. These
include general training in wildlife care, work experience, training for
vets and vet students in native animal care and handling, one-off tours and
talks for school groups
Hours can vary depending on the work which needs to be done, the time of
year, season etc. You will generally work 5 days a week, often with early
starts, but generally from around 8.00 to 3.00 or 9.00 to 4.00. Days may
include weekends but you will have two days off a week.
Please note that the
work that you'll be involved in depends on what is available at the time of
"'I absolutely loved my project!
Annette was wonderful!! She really made me feel like I had a
support system from the second I met her at the airport."
be a hands-on
person who loves
should be in good health and reasonably fit and able to work in a team.
be prepared for some hard physical work,
especially during the summer time when it can get extremely hot.
You must be
willing to get stuck in and get your
Also flexible and be prepared
to move around the City and be willing to go wherever
Very Important - you
will need to use your initiative and be very proactive, be patient and
Like most conservation
work, there are spiders and snakes in some locations, so you should
reconsider this project if you have a fear of these.
Lastly, self-reliance and independence
will help you make the most of
this wonderful opportunity!
This project will enable you to
contribute your time and skills to help the environment, broaden your life
experience and work with others
who share your love of nature! If you're looking for a broad
experience then this project is your answer.
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me arrange my project
in Perth. I had such an amazing time and left with an unforgettable
experience. I'll definitely advise 'Travellers' to anybody hoping for a
similar opportunity and experience! I'm already planning my return to
Australia after I finish University! Thank you again!"
to see a photo gallery of the Rehabilitation Center
Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western
Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station
and shopping district.
You'll live in a centrally
located lodge that is
friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You'll most
own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an
excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to
here to visit the Lodges' website for more information.
Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet
access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all
the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor
activities! You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD
transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to
Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!
The city center
boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or you can head over to Northbridge for
more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus,
which stops outside your accommodation.
is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that
a good guide would be a weekly budget
of around AUD$70
Got any questions? Please email us:
ABOUT THE WILDLIFE CENTRE:
The Center we work with is a volunteer non-profit
organisation set up in 1989 and is run by a registered CALM wildlife carer.
In November 1998, land adjacent to the Cockburn Wetland Education Center was
leased and developed to provide a natural setting for the treatment and
rehabilitation of all types of animals, birds and reptiles, either brought
to the center or collected by a Center volunteer.
It is also an ideal location to release many of the
animals when fully recovered. Many of the animals are injured while others
are sick, distressed or exhausted (particularly big sea birds such as giant
petrels blown off course by storms).
The aim of of the Center is to rehabilitate sick, injured
or orphaned wild life back into their natural environment as soon as
possible. Unfortunately some of the animals cannot be returned to the wild
because of their injuries. In these cases, they are retained for educational
purposes and for breeding. Some of these animals also become foster parents
to young injured animals.
The Center is unfunded and relies on donations and a
small core of dedicated volunteers. There is little funding available for
the care of wildlife, but food and medication still has to be supplied. The
Center works in conjunction with local vets, rangers, CALM, RSPCA, and
Murdoch University Vet School. The adjacent Cockburn Wetlands Education
Center and Yonga Aboriginal Education Center, together with school groups
and young adults on work experience provide the center with a steady source
of students. The project
aims are all based on achieving
real conservation results around Perth
Australia is home to more biodiversity than any other developed nation on
Earth. In fact Australia is one of the six most bio-diverse nations on the planet
- over 80% of its mammals, flowering plants and reptiles are only found in
Australia! The flora and fauna is so unique you’ll continually be amazed.
HOW THE CENTRE BEGAN - A brief history by the Karen, the Director
"People often ask how [the Center] came about and the
answer really stems back to the day I took my family to Bibra Lake one
Sunday for my daughter’s birthday 17 years ago.
We were walking around the front of the lake when we
spotted a swan just lying on the bank without movement, mouth open and
weak. It was a hot day and we thought it was dehydrated, so not knowing
any better we placed it in the water for a drink. This is when we knew
it was in trouble because it started to drown. We removed it from the
water and I told my husband I was going to take it home and help. He
suggested we report it to someone else and let him or her deal with it.
Back home, I started to call around for help but,
being a Sunday, everywhere was closed. I knew I wouldn’t rest knowing
that the bird needed help and I couldn’t just leave it there. I went
back to the lake, found it in the same place and took it home.
This is when I decided this was not right. Animals
don’t get sick "nine to five" Mondays to Fridays. I again started
calling around for help and this time I located a lady named Helen in
Willetton who was knowledgeable on water birds. She was able to give me
some information over the phone on how to care for the swan. The
following day I met Helen and she explained the bird was suffering from
botulism, caused by contaminated water, and she showed me how to treat
it properly. She also said there were a few carers who looked after
animals in their own back yards.
I went to the lake all week, removed some dead birds
and took the sick ones home. In a week I was looking after two swans,
three sea gulls and two coots. Unfortunately one sea gull and a coot
died but I now realised I could help the sick birds in a small way. The
other birds survived and I had great reward in seeing them released back
into the wild.
And the rest, as they say, is history. Today we
receive over 3000 wild life a year and help with thousands of phone
calls for advice. We receive animals from vets, CALM, RSPCA, council
rangers and the general public. The center now has over 45 volunteers,
who help with the daily cleaning, feeding, pick-ups from vets, rescues
of injured wildlife and treatment. We also have work experience students
from schools colleges and TAFE working at the center."
THE IMPORTANCE OF
CONSERVATION IN AUSTRALIA:
Australia's geographical isolation has resulted in the evolution of
many delicate ecological relationships that are sensitive to foreign
invaders and in many instances provided no natural predators for many of
the species subsequently introduced.
In the last 200 years, since European
settlement, many plants have been introduced that have caused widespread
problems, such as lantana and the prickly pear bush. The introduction
and spread of animals such as the cane toad or rabbit can disrupt the
existing balances between populations and develop into environmental
problems. The introduction of cattle into Australia, and to a lesser
extant the dingo, are other examples of species that have changed the
landscape. In some cases the introduction of new species can lead to
plagues and the extinction of endemic species.
Australia has seen the loss of 70% of her
native vegetation, including 75% of her rainforests. Loss of species
goes hand in hand with loss of habitat and 23% of mammals
have become extinct - the worst mammal extinction rate in the world.
Around 20% of Australia's remaining mammals species are now threatened
with extinction. Nine percent of birds and 16% of amphibians are
either already extinct or extremely vulnerable. These alarming figures indicate how vital the
conservation of native Australian wildlife really is.
Australia supports a significant
proportion of the world's biodiversity - over 80% of its mammals,
flowering plants and reptiles are only found in Australia. The
destruction and fragmentation of habitat, particularly as a result of
clearance of vegetation for agriculture, and the impact of feral animals
and invasive weeds, has had a substantial impact on Australia's
Read about the various
Australian animals under threat.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
A successful release back into the wild!
Three birds fortunate to be rescued
Cormorant and Pelican eyeing each other
A young kangaroo basking in the sun
Friendly Bobtail Lizard
While on your placements, you can also book some
Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Australia, or
you could even do a second project in a different region of the country - or
perhaps New Zealand - thus
doubling your adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The best advice you'll get from us
is to try to see some of the country while you're
there. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting
and very, very beautiful.
A little about Perth: Perth was built on the
banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city
rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums.
The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with
clear skies and a sunny climate. Western Australia is locally known as the
'state of excitement!'
Some of its more famous attractions include
Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River.
Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is
rich in history. At weekends you will find
entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes to laze in.
restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is of course the
great Australian BBQ. Barbeque facilities are abundant in local parks - take
your own food and cook up a feast, Australian style! For meals in local
restaurants, a trip to Perth's inner city center is well worth the effort -
it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants.
THE BEST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Courtesy of Western Australia Tourism -
Fremantle - Spend a few days in Fremantle is an absolute must. Just
a 30 minute drive from Perth's city center. Freo, as it's known by
locals is a vibrant port city you can't miss.
Rottnest Island - Just offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island is where
the locals go to swim at white-sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise water
over shipwrecks, or kick back and go fishing. Rotto, as it's called
locally, is a car-free zone, which adds to its relaxed feel.
Margaret River - No trip to Western Australia is complete
without a pit stop at Margaret River. Originally a chilled out
surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate
smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery - just a
three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth.
Albany - Prepare to be blown away by Albany's dramatic convict
history, set against a backdrop of rugged granite coastline, green seas
and a wild beauty that tugs at the heartstrings. Step back in time and
explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers' cottages
and grand National Trust homes in beautifully landscaped grounds.
Denmark - You'll fall in love with Denmark - where towering tall
trees meet the ocean. The town has a relaxed village atmosphere,
romantic timber milling history and incredible coastal scenery.
Ningaloo Reef - Take a dive with hundreds of tropical fish,
amazing coral formations and the world's biggest fish, the whale shark,
at unspoilt Ningaloo Reef.
Monkey Mia - Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's most famous
dolphin watching destinations.
- The Shark Bay World Heritage Area was Western Australia's first World
Heritage Listed site and one of only 16 Australia wide that fit all four
selection criteria. Shark Bay's wilderness and natural wonders make for
a unique vacation.
The Pinnacles - The extraordinary ancient rock formations that
make up the Pinnacles are located about a three-hour drive north of
Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes.
Kalgoorlie - Get ready for a heady trip to Kalgoorlie, Western
Australia's largest goldfields town famed for its fascinating gold rush
history, fabulous old buildings and old gold miners' ghost towns.
Esperance - For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten
track and bunking down under the stars, head south to Esperance. This
place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach.
The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury, just two hours drive south of Perth,
is located on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the
Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet.
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arrive in your new country, please
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