Volunteer Abroad Volunteer journey in Australia – Rainforest Conservation

Help conserve the breathtaking Gondwanan rainforest

Rainforest conservation in Australia

As a participant of this volunteer journey in Australia you combine exploring the natural landscapes of southeast Queensland and your voluntary contribution to protecting and conserving the mighty Gondwanan rainforest of Springbrook.

Springbrook is located in the Gold Coast hinterland of Australia’s state Queensland, almost 80 kilometres south of Brisbane. The area is part of the of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. It is home to some of the oldest trees in the world as well as numerous partly threatened plant and animal species.

As part of this five-day to four-week journey you and your team actively contribute to conserving this unique habitat and dedicate yourself to planting new trees, removing invasive plants and wildlife monitoring.

But not only during your volunteer units you immerse yourself into Australia’s natural landscapes – furthermore, daily excursions take you to extraordinary natural sites and allow you to discover Queensland’s tropical southwest and its fascinating flora and fauna in a very special way.

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 – Springbrook

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID V.AUS-004
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 journey in Australia

    You arrive at Brisbane Airport, one day prior to the official start of the trip. After your arrival at the airport you’ll make your way to a guest accommodation in town where you spend the following night. The next morning you will meet your group in Norman Park/Brisbane from where you will start your journey together.

    The unique combination of exploring Down Under’s southeast Queensland and your voluntary commitment in projects that are dedicated to protecting the majestic Springbrook rainforest is what characterizes this travel adventure.

    You and your team usually spend the first half of the day conducting different renaturation tasks in order to conserve Springbrook National Park. By planting new trees, removing invasive weed and wildlife monitoring you help protect this pristine habitat.

     

    During the second half of your day you will explore nature and wildlife of Springbrook National Park and its surroundings. Nature walks for observing the local flora and fauna, visits to unique nature reserves as well as talks about conservation measures in Springbrook provide important background knowledge and leave you with unforgettable memories.


    Accommodation

    Accommodation in Springbrook

    Your accommodation during the programme will be ranger’s quarters with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. You will share a room with at least one other participant. Three meals per day and snacks will be provided. Preparation of your daily meals 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 your contribution to different conservation tasks and exploring unique nature sites of the Springbrook area, the evening hours provide some time for your own activities: Relax together with the others and talk about the events of the day, play games or read books. If you will stay in the programme for more than five days, you can also use the weekend(s) for own activities.


    Background

      Project background

      Subtropical and tropical rainforests belong to the most threatened ecosystems on our planet. In Australia, they are listed as critically endangered throughout the entire continent. The Gondwanan rainforest of Springbrook actually marks one of the last intact rainforests. The low-lying subtropical rainforest ecosystem in southeast Queensland has been reduced to less than 1% of its former range. As these areas are extremely fragmented, they are now at risk of deterioration through introduced pest species as well as the effects of climate change. Removing invasive plant species and planting new trees is critical to ensure the survival of these pristine rainforest areas – therefore, the helping hands of dedicated conservation volunteers are of utmost importance.

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