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Dolphin Conservation Assistant

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Venture into Bunbury, Western Australia where you will volunteer to help with the conservation of dolphins and educate the public about these magnificent creatures!

Experience the amazing feeling of working with one of the world’s intelligent creatures; Dolphins! Venture into Bunbury, Western Australia where you will have a chance to swim with these amazing creatures while working towards a worthwhile cause of increasing public awareness of these dolphins and other marine life!

The Dolphin Program is a popular project for both international and local volunteers with hundreds being attracted to the project each year. Many of them even return to relive the wonderful experience in beautiful Australia! For a minimum of eight weeks you will volunteer and live in Bunbury where you will help with the Conservation, Education, Tourism and Research of the local bottlenose dolphins! Meet volunteers and tourists from all over the world on a daily basis and create long lasting friendships! If you are looking for a unique volunteering opportunity to have a fun time while contributing towards a worthwhile cause then this project is perfect for you! Take part in the day to day activities of the project! Become a swim tour guide or talk to visitors from all over the world about the program and these amazing creatures. Learn about the life of the bottlenose dolphins! The beach is just two minutes away from the project and is perfect for relaxation! Apply now and don’t miss the opportunity to have a fantastic volunteer experience!

Volunteers will work alongside other international and local volunteers as well as qualified staff who will train you during your stay. 
Volunteers have to commit to a minimum of 6 weeks and need to be flexible, open minded, timely, honest and dependable. No special skills or equipment are needed.

This project is located in Bunbury, Western Australia which is a nice and safe seaside town where a number of dolphins frequent the bay all the time. This is perfect for those who have a love for dolphins and marine life and have a passion for protecting these amazing species. Bunbury is close to Perth with many nice places around to visit. 

Typical day

At the Dolphin project, volunteers act as a vital part towards the Conservation, Education, Tourism and Research of the local population of wild bottlenose dolphins. Hundreds of international and local volunteers take part in this wonderful experience each year. As a volunteer, not only will you get to experience swimming with these amazing creatures but also help with the daily tasks at the project. Some of your responsibilities will includes:

  • Managing the Dolphin Program Room area, assist with research and record observations in the bay, Put in data found into databases for analysis maintaining the upkeep of the paths and fences and assist and monitor dolphin visits to the zone.
  • Communicate with tourists/visitors on the beach about the Dolphins and what the program is about.
  • Help with caring and maintaining of Aquariums and help with the general cleaning and maintenance at the project.
  • Assist with tourists and help with guided tours and act as tour guides at the Interpretive Center for the public, tour groups and students and Take part in various activities at the project.

Details on Arrival

The Project will be available from October to April. We recommend that you arrive on any Monday and Depart on a Monday.

Free-time activities

Volunteers will have lots of time to get involved in leisure time activites such as sightseeing, shopping, swimming and so much more however, this will be at the volunteers own expense.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Shopping/Souvenirs

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
Resume, application forms, liability waiver, Pictures, Policies & Procedures and Letter of motivation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel
  • Dorm rooms in a hostel that is a fifteen minutes’ walk away from the project.
  • Meals are not included but the hostel does provide some provisions/groceries, so you can make breakfast or lunch.
  • Ongoing service and on location emergency support
Accommodation

You will stay in a dorm style room at a nearby hostel which is just a 15 minutes’ walk away from the project. You will have access to unlimited wifi, a fully equipped kitchen, a pool table, mini basketball court, hammocks, coin operated laundry and a BBQ area. Linens will also be provided and the beach and the city is just a few minutes’ walk away.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Meals aren't included however, groceries will be provided so that you can make your own Breakfast and Lunch.

Internet Access
Good 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 Perth Airport (PER) in Perth. 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)
6 weeks (min. stay)
$1,495.00
7 weeks
$1,695.00
8 weeks
$1,795.00
9 weeks
$1,895.00
10 weeks
$2,095.00
11 weeks
$2,195.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,295.00
Average fees
$220.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Bunbury/Australia between 6 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel 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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Oceania Australia and New Zealand Australia  Bunbury, LOT 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA 6230

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