Fronteering Travel

Koala Caretaker

Brisbane, Australia show on map

Experience the life of Koala keepers at one of the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuaries in beautiful Queensland, Australia!

Experience the life of Koala keepers at one of the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuaries in beautiful Queensland, Australia. Looking for a project that allows to have close encounters with Koalas, kangaroos, Echidnas, Platypus, Emu, Common and Southern Hairy-nose Wombat and many, many more local Wildlife? Then this volunteer experience is perfect for you.

Come in close contact with over 130 Koalas of different ages! If you are looking to cuddle and play with the local wildlife all day, or be trained in animal handling then this is not for you. The duties of an animal keeper are not easy and can be physically demanding. If you enjoy working with animals and are not afraid to get your hands dirty in the outdoors, then be part of an exciting experience. Enjoy the satisfaction that comes with helping to care for wildlife in a beautiful, natural environment! Save a life today!

The project was set nearly a 100 years ago to act as a refuge and safe haven for sick, injured and orphaned Koala's who were suffering greatly under the fur trade. Through this program we hope to protect the Koala's, educate the public and sustain it's future for all generations to enjoy this amazing animal!

As a volunteer you will be working along side experienced staff to train you and teach you all about animal husbandry. You will be required to undergo an initial orientation after your arrival. You will be expected to be Reliable, responsible, Honest, flexible and open minded. 

You will be living the amazing and fun city of Brisbane, Australia! Brisbane is well known for it's nice people and it's large Student population making it a very fun and social city to live in. Our volunteers who participate at this program have to choice to live either at a hostel (usually when volunteering less than 4 weeks) or a homestay with meals included (for those staying at least 4 weeks). Your accommodation will be located a bus ride away from the project.

Typical day

As a volunteer and Koala care taker, you will assist with numerous tasks around the sanctuary. Each morning, you will be allocated to a specific animal section – this is done via a roster and you are not able to choose which animals you would be working with. Your tasks may include:

  • Assisting farm animal staff with cleaning, monitoring visitors, feeding animals.
  • Maintaining a tidy surrounding at the sanctuary.
  • Interacting with visitors and assisting them with any enquiries they might have.
  • Assisting with animal enclosure cleaning and food preparation.
  • You will be working with many species of animals, not just koala's.

Details on Arrival

There are no specific start/arrival datesfor this project however, we do recommend that you start on a Monday.

Free-time activities

Volunteer will have lots of activities to participate in however all will be at the volunteer's expense. Brisbane is s great city with lot's to do. For example student parties, outdoor swimming pools, Concerts, shopping, Cinema's, Sports, going to the gym and much more. You can also take a day to visit the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast!

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

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 08:30 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

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Fronteering Travel (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The fees include:

  • If you intend to stay for 1-3 weeks, Fronteering will assist in having you placed at a local Hostel. For 4 weeks or more, you’ll be placed at a local Homestay in or near the city.
  • If staying at the hostel, no meals are provided however, for an additional cost, the hostel can provide breakfast and a packed lunch. At the local homestay there are two options available. From no meals at homestay to two meals a day during week days and three meals on weekends.
  • Depending on the accommodation option you choose, you will either be picked up at the airport or take the train or bus to your accommodation.
  • Ongoing service and on location emergency support

Airport Pickup at Brisbane Airport

Depending on the accommodation option you choose, you will either be picked up at the airport or take the train or bus to your accommodation.

Accommodation

If you are staying for less than 4 weeks, then you’ll be placed at a hostel near the volunteer project and this will be arranged for you. Hostels are great for making friends and is based in the central area where there is plenty to do. If you plan to stay for 4 weeks and longer, homestay accommodation will be arranged near the volunteer project for you. You will live with a local family and learn about the Australian way of life. This includes your own bedroom, laundry facility in the house, wireless internet and you can also have access to the living room, kitchen and washroom. It’s a terrific way to get to experience the Queensland Area! Things to bring to the project; You should wear your uniform shirt with either jeans or shorts (must be comfortable) that you don’t mind getting dirty. Always maintain a neat appearance and make sure that shorts and jeans are not too revealing. Shorts legs should not be higher than mid-thigh and NO low-rise jeans, long pants or shorts! No skirts are allowed. Enclosed shoes are compulsory – sturdy sneakers (runners/joggers), hiking boots or work boots are fine. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for sunny days and a raincoat for rainy weather.

Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Meals aren't provided by the hostel but at an additional cost, they can provide breakfast and a packed lunch. All meals will be provided by the Host family if you choose that option.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Brisbane Airport (BNE) in Brisbane. 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)
1 week (min. stay)
$1,195.00
2 weeks
$1,295.00
2 weeks
$1,295.00
3 weeks
$1,595.00
3 weeks
$1,595.00
4 weeks
$1,995.00
4 weeks
$1,995.00
6 weeks
$2,495.00
6 weeks
$2,495.00
8 weeks
$2,995.00
8 weeks
$2,995.00
10 weeks
$3,495.00
10 weeks
$3,495.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,795.00
Average fees
$756.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Brisbane/Australia between 1 week 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.
Crowdfunding Service
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 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  Brisbane, 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069

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