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Wild Animal Sanctuary

Calga, Australia

Agency | GoEco

Volunteer at a sanctuary that focuses on the care and rehabilitation of some of Australia's indigenous wildlife - including koalas, dingoes and kangaroos.

This volunteer project is located just an hour and a half outside of Australia’s lively, cosmopolitan capital, Sydney - an hour by car if the traffic is good - at the beginning of the picturesque NSW Central Coast. The sanctuary is made up of 80 acres of natural Australian bush that is protected by 2 miles of carefully engineered fox-proof fence and is home to a range of  indigenous animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and dingoes.
 
About the Project
Australia is home to some of the world’s most unique wildlife, with many species found only in Australia. This makes wildlife conservation in Australia incredibly important. Sadly, however, Australia is facing an extinction crisis, with more than 30 native mammal species becoming extinct since European settlement only 130 years ago. Today, more than 1,700 species of Australian animals and plants are listed as at risk of extinction. 

The leading threat to native Australian wildlife is humans, with most losses due to predation and competition for food by introduced species like foxes and rabbits, and destruction of habitat to make way for buildings, farmlands, mines, sports fields and roads. It is for this reason that animal sanctuaries are of critical importance, to preserve natural habitat for wildlife as well as being places where people can visit and learn how to help with wildlife conservation.

In this program you will have the opportunity to compensate for some of the damage that we do as we compete with animals for their scarce resources. You will make a real contribution to the conservation of Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife as you work alongside the rangers at a local sanctuary that provides refuge for species that are at real risk of extinction. Set amongst 170 acres of natural bushland, with 80 acres protected by a state of the art feral-predator proof fence, this is the largest feral-free natural bushland on Australia’s eastern seaboard. 

The sanctuary provides a safe natural home for over 180 species of mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles while also providing a refuge for rehabilitated but un-releasable injured and orphaned animals. Additionally, the site protects an ancient Aboriginal landscape where you can see examples of Aboriginal sites that show evidence of Australia’s original people dating back thousands of years, including a hand-stencil cave and sandstone engravings.
 
Arrival and Orientation
Upon arrival to Sydney, you will participate in a 2 day insightful and educational introductory program in Australia’s bustling capital, Sydney. This orientation will help you to ease into Australian life and make you feel more at home – learning more about the Australian environment, people, and their culture and customs, as well as ticking a few top tourist attractions off your bucket list. Following your orientation you will take a scenic train ride, along the coast, to the sanctuary.

By joining this program, volunteers will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to protecting Australian wildlife from extinction. The purpose of this program is to protect indigenous animals and plants, plus care for the dependent and wild animals that live there. Examples of work to be undertaken include planting eucalyptus trees to provide a long term food supply for the koalas and native grasses for kangaroos and wallabies, building and repairing barriers and tracks that control visitor access to environmentally sensitive areas, maintaining the 3km fox-proof fence that keeps the animals safe, whilst protecting ancient Aboriginal sites and making sure the bush habitat is protected so animals can live safely and happily in their natural environment.

Please not that Vvolunteers need to bring sturdy gardening gloves and wet weather gear! Furthermore, you need to consult your local travel clinic or doctor about immunizations!

Typical day

As part of the sanctuary team, your tasks on the program may include:

  • Helping to feed the animals 
  • Maintaining the Sanctuary Grounds 
  • Cleaning enclosures and their environment 
  • Clearing paths and raking droppings and debris 
  •  Building new enclosures and fences
  •  Maintaining nature trails
  • Supporting environmental education programs
  • Repairing animal education displays
  • Maintaining the 2 mile fox-proof fence which protects the animals
  • Assisting in the gift shop and visitor information center
A typical day: You and your fellow volunteers will sit down for breakfast at 8am before starting your daily tasks at 9am. Your daily tasks will vary and may include any combination of the sample activities above. There is an hour break in the afternoon for a self-serve style lunch, and your day will wrap up around 4pm. At 5pm, lunch will be served. Your evenings and weekends are free for you to explore hiking trails, travel to nearby beachside towns and attractions, enjoy work-free time with the animals or simply relax!

Holidays: Please note that the project will be closed in full for  the Christmas/New Year holidays between 24 Dec, 2016 and 7 Jan, 2017, therefore all volunteers will need to check out before we leave for the holiday break.

Free-time activities

Since your evenings and weekends are free for, you have the chance to explore hiking trails or travel to nearby beachside towns. You can also travel to Sydney, which is about a two hour drive away! Or you just enjoy your work-free time with the animals or simply relax!

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

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
Interest in Australian wildlife and animal rescue
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 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 3 meals per day, our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support as well as project-related transportation and an airport pickup upon arrival. 


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.

Airport Pickup at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport

We will pick you up at the airport upon arrival.

Accommodation

The acommodation we provide at the sanctuary's site is a shared dormitory-styled accommodation. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

We provide our volunteers with three meals per day (if volunteers stay on-site on the weekends, self-service food is provided).

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 Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport (SYD) 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)
$1,800.00
2 weeks (max. stay)
$1,800.00
Average fees
$900.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Calga/Australia between 2 weeks and 2 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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