- Do I need specific requirements or abilities to apply for this project?
To be able to join our Great Ocean Road programme, you need to be 18 years or older and have sufficient English skills. Since you will be outdoors a lot and sometimes working under high temperatures, this project requires you to be physically fit. That’s why we ask you for a doctor’s certificate confirming your state of health and physical fitness. You should be motivated to be part of a nature conservation project, which relies on hard working volunteers. Living and working in a team should not be a problem for you, but you should also be able to work independently. Depending on your nationality you might need a visa for your volunteer stay. You might check out the foreign department’s website for the visa standards or ask the Natucate team directly.
- What services are included?
Prior to your departure to Australia we will help you organize and plan your whole stay, assist you in arranging flights and support you with your visa application. During your time in the programme you will be accommodated in hostels with dorm rooms, shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Food will be provided so that you can prepare your own meals (except for breakfast on your first and dinner on your last day as well as meals on the weekend). You will also receive the equipment which you need for your volunteer work. The programme’s staff and the Natucate team can be contacted 24/7 if you need support. Included are also visits of the following highlights of the Great Ocean Road: Bells Beach, Erskine Falls, Cape Otway, Tower Hill (plus guided aborigine tour), the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and You Yangs Regional Park. Flights, insurance, visa fees, airport transfer and personal expenses are not included.
- Do I need certain medical precautions or requirements?
Travel health insurance is mandatory for every participant. It is also important that you are physically fit, as you will carry out physical work. We recommend checking if you are vaccinated against Diphtheria, Morbilli, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A/B, Whooping cough, Influenza, Polio, Pneumococcus and Tetanus. You should bring a small first-aid kit, including band-aids, painkillers, medication against diarrhea, electrolytes, antihistamines and, if necessary, any special medication you need (bring enough!). Regarding your medical precautions and your vaccinations, you should consult your doctor and get information on the foreign department’s website about possible risks and how to prevent them.
- How long can I participate?
You can participate for five days up to four weeks.
- What kind of equipment should I take with me?
For your time in the project you should pack long and sturdy pants, long-sleeved shirts as well as sturdy and waterproof boots. Don’t forget to bring warm and waterproof clothing. Especially during the summer months, clothes which you can wear in layers are advised. You will spend most of your time outdoors, so you should bring clothes which can get dirty. A sleeping bag, a towel and maybe a pillow should also be on your packing list. Furthermore, a backpack, a hat for sun protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellant and a refillable water bottle are very useful. Don’t forget your passport, an alarm clock, your phone and other items which you may use in your leisure time. Note: Luggage is limited to a maximum of 15 kg in this project.