One day prior to the official start of the trip you need to arrive in Brisbane. After your arrival you will spend one night in a guest accommodation in town that you have booked before. The next morning you will meet your group in Norman Park/Brisbane from where you will start your journey together.
During your koala conservation journey in Down Under you dedicate yourself to exploring magnificent nature sites in the Australia’s Southeast Queensland and, at the same time, contribute to conserving pristine natural areas to help protect threatened koalas.
For the first half of the day, you and your international team will usually be involved in protecting and restoring koala habitat in Southeast Queensland such as eucalypt woodlands and tropical rainforests. In general, your tasks will be planting trees, removing invasive weed and mulching.
The second half of your day you will explore Southeast Queensland’s natural beauty and biodiversity. National parks, nature reserves as well as educational institutions and rescue centres – you will join lots of fascinating nature and wildlife excursions before returning back to Brisbane on the last day of the programme.
Your accommodation depends on your location: In Lacey’s Creek you will be accommodated in a yurt, in Woodstock you will accommodated in a cabin and in Crohamhurst you will be accommodated in a kind of “granny flat”. In each case you need to share your room with at least one other participant. Moreover, bathroom and kitchen amenities are always communal. Daily snacks as well as three meals per day will always be provided. Meal-preparation is a shared responsibility – all participants take turns helping to manage the meal preparation and clean-up.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
After you’ve contributed to koala conservation tasks and enjoyed spectacular nature sites of southeastern Australia, you’ll have time for your own activities in the evening: Spend time with your fellow group members and talk about the events of the day, play games or read a book. If you decide to stay in the programme for more than five days, you can also use the weekend(s) for your own activities.
The koala was once common and widespread throughout Eastern Australia’s eucalypt woodlands and forests. But factors like habitat clearing, hunting, natural disasters and disease have led to a substantial population as well as distribution decline since European settlers arrived in Down Under. In three large Australian regions – Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory – the koala is now listed as vulnerable to facing extinction with numerous populations persisting in isolated or fragmented habitats. Habitat loss, modification and fragmentation, vehicle collisions, disease, burns and wildfires, droughts and climate change pose a growing threat to this iconic animal. By assisting with hands-on seasonal conservation projects, volunteers contribute to increasing koala habitat in the area which, in turn, will help improve the population status of this fascinating species.