Volunteer Abroad Volunteer trip in Australia – Koala Conservation

Help protect threatened koalas

Koala conservation in Down Under

Help protect and create habitat for one of Australia’s most iconic species: the koala! When joining this fascinating programme, you experience the combination of exploring the natural landscapes of Australia’s North Queensland and supporting different conservation projects dedicated to protecting Down Under’s threatened koalas.

Depending on the start date you choose, you will either be located in Lacey’s Creek, Woodstock or Crohamhurst – all of them less than two hours driving time from the vibrant city of Brisbane.

As part of your five-day to four-week journey you dedicate yourself to conserving the unique environment of these regions: By planting new trees and removing invasive plants you help create and protect critical habitat for koalas and lots of other wildlife like wallabies, possums and kangaroos. Among your voluntary commitment you will have the chance to get to know Queensland’s rainforests and wild animals as part of regular excursions to national parks and educational centres.

Take part in this extraordinary conservation trip and experience an off-the-beaten-track adventure while making an active contribution to koala conservation.

Services Our Services at a Glance

Included

  • Placement in the project
  • All meals during the project – volunteers help to cook
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Project-related equipment
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Project-related transport
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Excursions
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Accommodation during the project incl. off days
  • 24/7 support throughout the project

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals on the weekend
  • Travel insurance
  • Breakfast on the first day of the programme
  • Visa fees
  • Dinner on the last day of the programme
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions

Australia – Lacey's Creek

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID V.AUS-003
5 Days 750 €
12 Days 1.460 €
19 Days 2.150 €
26 Days 2.750 €

The programme always starts on a Monday and ends on Friday. If you stay in the programme for more than five days, accommodation on the weekend (which is always free) is included; meals on the weekend, however, are excluded.

Australia – Woodstock

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID V.AUS-003
5 Days 750 €
12 Days 1.460 €
19 Days 2.150 €
26 Days 2.750 €

The programme always starts on a Monday and ends on Friday. If you stay in the programme for more than five days, accommodation on the weekend (which is always free) is included; meals on the weekend, however, are excluded.

Australia – Crohamhurst

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID V.AUS-003
5 Days 750 €
12 Days 1.460 €
19 Days 2.150 €
26 Days 2.750 €

The programme always starts on a Monday and ends on Friday. If you stay in the programme for more than five days, accommodation on the weekend (which is always free) is included; meals on the weekend, however, are excluded.

Requirements

Requirements

As a participant in this project you must be at least 18 years old and have good English skills. It is also important to be physically fit as you’ll be involved in physical work as a conservation volunteer. This is why we ask you to hand in a doctor’s certificate confirming that you are healthy and fit. Apart from being physically fit it is important to have the necessary motivation and commitment to be part of serious conservation projects. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team, be open-minded, flexible and passionate about nature.

Details Conservation and Travel in Australia

Details
Country Information

    Conservation trip in Australia

    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.


    Accommodation

    Accommodation in Southeast Queensland

    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.


    Leisure time

    Leisure time as a volunteer in Australia

    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.


    Background

      Project background

      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.

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