Volunteer Abroad Conservation journey in Australia

Discover the Great Ocean Road

Nature Travel in Down Under

As a participant in this unique programme you combine a coastal trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road – one of the most popular and beautiful travel routes in Down Under – with your voluntary commitment in conservation projects serving to protect Australia’s wonderful nature.

As part of this five-day to four-week journey you dedicate yourself to supporting conservation activities in diverse coastal and inland locations: Environments you help protect and restore include wetlands, coastal sand dunes, woodlands or other areas of important wildlife habitat. This way, you do not only get the chance to explore Australia’s impressive natural landscapes from up close but might also be able to spot fascinating wild animals like emus, koalas and kangaroos.

In addition to visiting different national parks and iconic natural wonders like the Twelve Apostles, the London Arch or the Loch Ard Gorge, you will also be able to learn more about the Aboriginal culture and lifestyle.

Join this extraordinary conservation trip and experience the Great Ocean Road’s highlights while becoming active as a volunteer conserving Down Under’s unique natural areas.

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

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID V.AUS-002
5 Days 750 €
14 Days 1.460 €
21 Days 2.150 €
28 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

    Volunteer trip in Australia

    First of all, you fly to Melbourne. Make sure to arrive one day prior to the official start of the journey. After you’ve spent one night in a hotel/hostel in town, you make your way to the meeting location the next morning, the Docklands Ferry Terminal in Melbourne. Here you will meet your group – together you board a ferry to start your journey.

    Your time in the programme is a mix between exploring spectacular nature sites along the Great Ocean Road and supporting different conservation projects as a volunteer.

    For the first half of the day, you and your group usually dedicate yourselves to protecting and restoring Down Under’s natural areas as part of various conservation programmes. As you travel along the Great Ocean Road, these conservation activities will take place in different locations each day. In general, you’ll be involved in habitat restoration, tree planting, pest plant control, invasive weed control, native vegetation, animal habitat management and flora and fauna surveys in rare and special places.

     

    The second half of your day will be spent exploring the highlights of the Great Ocean Road. From the impressive rock formations of the Twelve Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge and the London Bridge to Otway National Park or the iconic surf destination Bells Beach – you will witness numerous famous nature and heritage locations before returning back to the vibrant city of Melbourne on the last day of the programme.


    Accommodation

    Accommodation during the nature travel programme

    During the programme you and the other programme participants will be accommodated in hostels along your travel route. You sleep in dormitories and use communal bathroom amenities. You’ll receive three meals per day. Meal-preparation is a shared responsibility, with all participants taking 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 in Down Under

    During the day you‘ll be busy supporting different conservation projects and exploring iconic destinations along the Great Ocean Road. In the evening you get some time for your own activities: Spend time with the other participants and discuss the events of the day, play games or discover the near-by area of your hostel. 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

      During your time in Australia you dedicate yourself to conservation activities in different areas along the Great Ocean Road, all of them with a significant ecological importance. For example, around 82% of the marine life in Port Phillip Bay cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Likewise, approx. 1300 different plant and animal species are endemic to this area. Therefore, rehabilitation and cleaning measures are essential for the protection of these species.

      These measures are also important for areas like the Serendip Sanctuary and various landscapes in south-west Victoria: The Southwest of the Australian state is characterized by agriculture. The result: lots of the existing remnant bushland areas are only small, isolated and sometimes under pressure from adjoining agricultural practices. Working together with farmers and local communities, volunteers support restoring these areas.

      The Serendip Sancturay has also been originally used for farming. Since the 1960ies, the region is a nature reserve and protected area for wildlife research, captive management and breeding for threatened species. Volunteers assist in establishing crucial grasslands to support these threatened species and, therefore, in maintaining this important protected wildlife habitat.

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