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Australian Conservation Experience

Sydney, Australia

Agency | GoEco

Help restore the region's ecology back to its natural, native state, maintain walking paths, or participate in flora and fauna surveys.

Although most of Australia is semi-arid or desert, it boasts a wide range of diverse habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognized as mega-diverse. Many of Australia's eco-regions, and the species within them, are threatened by human activities. Numerous protected areas have been created to preserve these unique ecosystems. This project offers a fun and friendly opportunity to contribute, in a practical way, to the conservation of the unique Australian environment and thus, to help and protect the ecosystem for the long run.


There is no set location of the project, as it contains various locations throughout Australia. However, all projects start in major cities in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane (you can choose from which city you want to start). The volunteer work is relatively similar at all starting points – the main difference between the locations is the climate.  Northern Australia, such as Darwin, Perth, and Cairns offer warm temperatures while Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmania have cooler temperatures.

The following are examples of typical projects volunteers experience during their placements: 

  • A two-week placement in Victoria, starting in Melbourne, could include a week in the countryside helping with land restoration, before heading to the Great Ocean Road for a week of boardwalk construction with fabulous views!
  • A four-week placement in the Northern Territory could include helping on conservation projects in National Parks along the coast or helping with bird surveys on a remote cattle station.
  • A six-week placement in Queensland could see you visiting the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (the world's largest sand island) for a couple of weeks, doing  boardwalk construction, followed by some time in and around Brisbane helping with urban conservation projects; such as tree planting and weed control, before finishing with a fortnight of rainforest re-forestation.
Travel information:
Depening on the country you come from you will need a Tourist Visa to come to Australia. Since the process of getting the visa can be quite long, we recommend applying for the it at least 6 weeks before departure.

Typical day

The projects offer volunteers the opportunity to contribute, in a practical way to the conservation of the Australian environment. The projects involve:

  • Tree planting
  • Erosion and salinity control
  • Seed collection
  • Construction and maintenance of walking tracks
  • Endangered flora and fauna surveys
  • Weed control
  • Habitat restoration
  • Heritage restoration

Working hours and days:

Volunteers generally spend one or two weeks at each project site. Project hours are generally from 8am to 4pm. Projects take place in both urban and rural areas. Be prepared for the weather - different parts of Australia can be very hot or cold, so you'll need appropriate clothing (and sleeping bag) for the climate in the area you've chosen to visit.

Free-time activities

Australia has lots of activities to offer depending on where your project takes you. Kick back on a beach in Western Australia and do some snorkeling or water skiing, lose yourself in Melbourne, visit hundred-year-old giant trees while hikingh in the forests of Tasmania or visit the Sydney Opera House. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love of the outdoors and be interested in the environment. Also you should be of good physical fitness, as volunteering can be quite exhausting.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Included in the fees are the accommodation, the food in form of 2-3 meals per day, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as the project-related transportation. 

Furthermore, a comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage is included. You will also receive a pre-departure kit with the full project details as well as all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.

Accommodation

Since we are going to be at various locations throughout Australia, our provided accommodation can be one of the following depending on the location we are at:

  • Caravans
  • Hostels
  • Shearer's Quarters
  • Bunkhouses
  • Camping

Dorm Room Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages

Food and drinks will be supplied and everyone helps with cooking, cleaning, and washing up. Dietary requirements such as vegetarian or vegan can be catered for - just remember to let the project organizers know when you arrive.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Sydney Bankstown (BWU) in Sydney. We assist you to find cheap flights to Australia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Australia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Australia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Australia.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$950.00
3 weeks
$1,260.00
4 weeks
$1,570.00
5 weeks
$1,880.00
6 weeks
$2,190.00
7 weeks
$2,500.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,810.00
Average fees
$413.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Sydney/Australia between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Australia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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