Programmes start every Thursday, all year round – you
choose your start and finish dates.
12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications needed, just lots of enthusiasm
and initiative. You should have reasonable English and
enjoy talking to people. Minimum age 18.
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
Weekend in Perth, including 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
FREE WEEKEND IN PERTH DURING YOUR PLACEMENT:
Explore this delightful city! You'll stay in a Backpackers in
the heart of Perth, on the doorstep of vibrant North Bridge, famous for
its bars, clubs and restaurants.
You'll be met at the coach station and taken to the Backpackers, then
you're free to explore the city. You'll return to Bunbury by coach on Sunday
afternoon, ready for work on Monday.
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!
The mission of the Park is
to provide a partnership with the community, promoting understanding of
the animals and plant life of the South West and an integrated resource
center promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability. The Park attracts visitors
from all over the world, so by hosting international volunteers they
hope to provide an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and awareness
of cultural differences, exchange ideas and, in turn, make the place
more culturally sensitive and an enjoyable environment in which to work
The Park also participates in a variety of
structured workplace learning programmes including disability services and
other community work programmes.
Work hands-on with some of Australia's wonderfully unique and
diverse native birds and mammal species. Other work activities that you can get
involved with include Grounds-keeping, which involves the hands-on care and
maintenance of hundreds of native trees and plants. You can also get involved in
Retail & Tourism if you want to. This last activity is entirely optional, but is
available if you'd like to get tourism experience.
Your main responsibility will fall into one or more of the following three areas
at the Park:
Tourism experience (optional).
This revolves around the daily care and maintenance of the animals
and their enclosures, including cleaning, feeding, feed preparation,
enclosure maintenance, behaviour observation and environmental
role is to assist the Wildlife carers
employed by the Park with their daily tasks. On a typical day you could
do cleaning and maintenance of the animal enclosures and surrounding
grounds of the park in the mornings, then stop for lunch at around
midday, In the afternoon you'll prepare the food for the animals by
cutting up fruit and vegetables, and then you'll feed the animals.
This involves the maintenance of the Wildlife Park grounds and
facilities, including planting, mulching, repairs and general
grounds-keeping duties. Instructions are given to volunteers daily,
depending on what is required for that day. This activity is ideal for
you if you really like to get stuck into things.
Retail / Tourism
If you'd like to gain some experience in Retail & Tourism while on
your project, you'll get the chance to improve communication skills;
meet people and gain skills in retail sales as well as basic food
preparation and service.
The Park is very happy when some volunteers choose to get
involved in all areas of running the park, because this not only helps
them to sustain their work, it also gives you a broad spectrum of
experience and knowledge in what it takes to manage the facility. Thus
you can also gain experience in dealing with retail sales, customer
liaison, restocking of items, maintenance of the shop area, answering
customer queries, answering the telephone and helping with a vast
multitude of daily functions required to keep the Park functioning
efficiently and well.
You'll be a part of the Park team and they are particularly keen to
listen to and discuss any ideas you may have, especially if you have
specific skills or experience that might help them, such as in marketing
or education, for example.
"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!"
You'll live in a backpackers conveniently located in the heart of the city.
We team up with two different hostels that are very similar in the
facilities they provide and in their excellent location that is close to
everything! You'll have the beach, the City Center and lots of other
attractions all within two minutes walk and you’ll be able to explore the
nearby forests, national parks, beautiful waterways, historic towns, many
vineyards and the incredibly beautiful coast-line on your days off.
In the town there is a colourful street of sidewalk cafes called the
"Cappuccino Strip" that buzzes all day. There are lots of sidewalk cafes and
a variety of waterside dining options offer numerous opportunities to taste
the wonders of the local produce. These cafes and the award-winning
restaurants, as well as atmospheric historic pubs, ensure the town hums. The
city also offers plenty of Entertainment Centres, Art Galleries and cinemas.
You'll stay in a dorm room with access to many facilities in the
Backpackers. There is a kitchen where you can cook and an excellent BBQ and
outdoor area that is very popular. Other facilities that you'll have free
use of include a pool table, table tennis, board games, sporting equipment
and off-street parking. you'll also be given a unique City Visitor's Guide
and you'll have free access to tea and coffee.
There are fast-speed internet facilities at the Backpackers which you can
use for a nominal charge, so you'll be able to keep up with emails with
friends and family back home.
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:
TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL ARRANGEMENTS
You will fly into Perth airport (Perth is the capital city of Western Australia)
where you will be welcomed by our Australian Volunteer Liaison Officer or
another one of our staff. They will then transport you to a city backpackers
where you will stay for one night to give you time to catch your breath and
relax after your flight.
be met by us again the following day and given an orientation. After the orientation you will be taken to the
Esplanade bus station, located in the Central Business District, where you will be transferred onto a
South West coach. The drive down to your project location takes 2-3 hours, mostly along
the coastal road and you'll be driving through some beautiful land- and
seascapes. When you arrive, a staff member from
the Backpackers will meet you at the bus station
and take you back to the hostel.
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.
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!
Photo right: The Pinnacles
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The Lonely Planet guide named Western Australia's
South West region as one of the TOP TEN most desirable vacation
destinations in the world for 2010 saying, "it offers variety in
spades!” And it does ... the sheer size, amazing
natural wealth, awesome scenery and huge variety of plant and animal
life make Australia an essential destination for anyone with a passion
for nature and wildlife.
LOCATION - SOUTH WEST COAST
This program is located in the stunning south west coast in
Bunbury, the third
largest city in Western Australia. The city is small but a major
commercial center in Western Australia and acts as a hub to the local
area about 2˝ hrs drive south of Perth. Described as the real Australia.
It lies on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of
the Indian Ocean, a bay and an inlet. A vibrant port city with a strong
maritime history, the area is renowned for its quality lifestyle and
unique blend of nature, and top quality facilities.
The area's other features include
mangroves, rare basaltic rock and nearby Tuart Forest. A colourful
"cappuccino strip" of sidewalk cafes and a variety of waterside dining
options offer numerous opportunities to taste the wonders of the local
produce. The award-winning restaurants and historic pubs
ensure the atmosphere hums! The city is surrounded by forests, national
parks, waterways, historic towns and hundreds of vineyards,
not to mention the incredible coast-line.
The area has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and cool
winters. Rainfall is during winter
but the weather is rather pleasant for the rest of the year. In summer
(December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an
average minimum temperature of 14°C. In winter (June to August),
it's 19°C with an average minimum
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. Western Australia is locally known as the
'state of excitement!'
Some of its' 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. At weekends
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 is now 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.
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arrive in your new country, please
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The Perth Ferry