Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Wallaby, Kangaroo and Possum Care

Brisbane, Australia show on map

This project operates a licensed rescue, rehabilitation and release program for Australian wildlife, mainly kangaroos, wallabies, possums and sugar gliders.

The Project

Predominantly, animals are given to the program by the largest animal welfare organisation in Australian, the RSPCA (Royal Society of the Protection of Animals) where they are rehabilitated and released into South D’Aguilar National Park via a number of broad bush corridors located at the rear of the property. The National Park encompasses Lake Manchester and Gold Creek Reservoir.

The program cares for around 40 animals at a time and animals are released when they are healthy and able to survive in the wild.

The program is also heavily involved in reforestation programs on their own and surrounding properties.

The Location

Brisbane is known for its festivals including the Lantern Love Festival and Art Exhibition, Bites and Brews Festival, Alliance French Film Festival, Sea and Beats Music Festival Cruise, Brisvegas and the Harmony Day Festival.

The rescue centre is located on a private property in Brookfield, approximately 13 kilometres to the west of the Brisbane CBD. Brookfield was named by Mrs J. S. Brimblecombe due to the creeks and gullies in the area.

Your Contribution

The program relies on program fees and donations from the public (both monetary and materials) to afford enclosures, medical costs and food for sick, injured and orphaned animals brought in for care. Without this assistance, less animals could be cared for.

You will be working very closely with wildlife, including animals that have suffered trauma. Volunteers are expected to follow Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection requirements and are not allowed to handle joeys and baby animals. Volunteers will predominantly work with the pre-release animals. During your time at the program, you may assist with releasing animals back into the wild.

Conditions Onsite

Some of the animals have severe injuries and this can be very difficult to deal with and adjust to. You must also be prepared that some animals do not survive their injuries.

Please Note


The first instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Typical day

Volunteers will be directly involved in caring for around 20 animals. Daily activities consist of:

  • providing care to the residents of the program
  • feeding the various animals through the day
  • animal rehabilitation and enrichment
  • assisting in rescue calls
  • assisting with the release of animals
  • cleaning enclosures
  • tree planting
  • building and/or repairing nesting boxes and feeders
  • general maintenance
  • keeping the volunteer accommodation clean and tidy
  • preparation of volunteer meals
  • visits to the wildlife hospital to be involved in the assessment and treatment process

You will work 5 days a week.

Details on Arrival

On request.

To get there, fly to Brisbane, Australia, take a train to Indooroopilly then a bus to Kenmore.

Free-time activities

After the morning duties, you may be required to attend a rescue or complete other activities around the shelter as there is plenty to do if you like to keep busy. Your afternoon and days off are usually free to do what you choose until the afternoon feed takes place.

Volunteers can be dropped off at the nearest shopping centre or train/bus stop at various times during the week to explore the city.

Enjoy regular trips to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre or the city. There is two local food markets where you will find tasty locally made muffins, cakes, sauces and other goodies along with crafts and fresh fruit and veggies

Catch the bus or train into the city where you'll find a modern, vibrant city with a sunny, sub-tropical climate. Climb Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge for a view of this amazing city and Glasshouse Mountains.

Walk or cycle on the Brisbane Riveraround South Bank. Famous for its diverse mix of entertainment and recreational activities, South Bank offers 17 hectares of parklands, restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, museums and galleries. For a different perspective, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane.

Lay on the Beach in the Middle of Brisbane City! This fully patrolled, a man-made beach is free to pass away the time, boasting a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white sand and sub-tropical plants.

Take a kayak up Brisbane River Friday and Saturday nights followed by a meal of prawns and lamingtons.

Camp on 257 acres beside crystal-clear rapids in the ancient rainforest of the Lamington National Park. Explore, relax and enjoy a fire-cooked organic dinner before drifting off to sleep in a private luxury tent.

Enjoy a laid-back time at North Stradbroke Island (known affectionately as “Straddie”) just a short ferry ride across Moreton Bay. Customise your stay to include eco-touring, 4WD tours, kayaking, fishing and sandboarding. Watch the dolphins surf or wander miles of untouched beach.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts are only an hour or two away.

There’s so much to do!

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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 (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
Proof of travel Insurance docs and Proof of vaccinations
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A love for animals.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers


What's included in this project? 

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • On the job training
  • Return transfers from the local town to the project
  • Accommodation
  • Most Meals
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone

What's not included in this project? 

  • Flights
  • Return transfers to and from Brisbane (or other origin) to the local town
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending
  • Visas
Accommodation

Shared, self-contained cabin with power. Communal kitchen facilities and a bathroom.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
This project is a pescatarian project which means there is to be no meat brought on site, however fish is allowed. Breakfast and lunch supplies are provided for volunteers to make their own meals. Dinner is cooked and provided 3-4 nights per week. For the other nights, volunteers must source their own food items and make their own dinner. There is access to a BBQ, electric cook top, microwave, grill oven and a fridge and freezer to store their own items. Volunteers can also eat out if they choose. For volunteers wanting to eat meat, they can opt for the eating out option whenever they choose. Drinking water is supplied.
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 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)
$593.00
2 weeks
$1,086.00
3 weeks
$1,510.00
4 weeks
$1,954.00
5 weeks
$2,428.00
6 weeks (max. stay)
$2,901.00
Average fees
$538.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Brisbane/Australia between 1 week and 6 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers 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.

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