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Australia has an alarming amount of injured wildlife which is now becoming an epidemic. Road accidents, attacks from other animals, and natural disasters like bush fires are just some daily occurrences that have caused injured animals to be displaced from their natural habitat. They require medical attention and a lot of care before being released back into the wild.

You'll play a major role in assisting the process of rest, recovery and release of the animal back into its natural habitat.

This project is located in a beautiful coastal location just 3 hours from Sydney, making any exploration along the East Coast of Australia very accessible.


Price: £1,795 for 2 weeks
£350 for each additional week
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates: Projects start every Monday all year round, but you should arrive on a Saturday. You choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: No qualifications required, but you should be adaptable and enthusiastic. Minimum age 18.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Food during the week
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your project
Daily transport to and from the project site
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food over the weekends.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas. Good if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and care for animals voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad. Also available as a summer placement in or a short break activity.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Australia.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping animals to return them to their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!



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During the first week of your adventure down under, you'll be given an induction and orientation designed to familiarise you with your location and with the culture and colours of Australia. During this time, you can learn about the local area and useful information such as how to get around and various cultural activates. The following Monday you will start working on your project.

SAMPLE INTRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULE (can be subject to change):

• A day trip to the village of Nelson Bay and its beautiful marina.
• Dolphin Watching on a sight-seeing cruise, optional activity of swimming or snorkelling while on cruise
• Hike up to Tomaree Head lookout and participate in whale spotting during the months of May to November.
• Cultural education course, including how to understand and speak the Australian lingo.
• Group introduction activities
• Visit one of the local beaches visit and participate in a beach safety education talk
• Tilligerry Habitat flora and fauna tour, including koala spotting while on the tour.
• Participate in a talk about Australian wildlife education and snake safety
• Visit a Australian wildlife park
• Tour an authentic Australian farm
• Tour either an Avocado, Macadamia or Fig farm (seasonal)
• Australian sports education and boomerang throwing
• Watch an Educational Australian film
• Aboriginal Cultural Centre visit and cultural a presentation
• Authentic Australian cooking lessons
• Camp fire building (if available)
• Star gazing
• Optional surf lesson
• Unlimited Sandboarding on the largest moving dunes in the Southern Hemisphere
• Fingal Head Lighthouse exploration and Coastal bushwalk
• Optional snorkelling lessons


As a volunteer you will play a vital role in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of a range of Australia’s wildlife including possums, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and birds. This will be done through a variety of tasks as part of a network of rescue centres within the Port Stephens region.

Your main role will be to support the rescue centre’s staff in conducting a range of daily tasks including:

  • Preparation of food and water for the animals
  • Assist in feeding the animals
  • Finding important food and nutrition sources within the animals natural habitat
  • Monitoring, reporting and assessing animals on a daily or hourly basis
  • Reporting behavioural changes
  • Washing and cleaning of animals where required, including changing bandages.
  • Administering/applying medicine and ointments as required
  • Cleaning of the enclosures and the surrounding environment
  • Creating and building Animal enrichment activities
  • Searching for and recovering injured animals
  • Participate in the release of animals back into the wild (If applicable during the program)


Monday – Friday
8.00 am Breakfast
8.30 am Travel to programme from your home base
12.00 pm Rest and light lunch
1.00 pm Continue with programme.
3.00 pm Finish the program for the day
5.00 pm Watch educational video and discussion afterwards.
6.00 pm Dinner, which will be local Australian Cuisine and vegetarian dishes
7.00 pm Free time

Saturday & Sunday are open for you to explore and relax

A little about the Animals:

Echidnas: These very cute looking animals have spines like a porcupine, a beak and a pouch like a kangaroo. It lays eggs like a reptile and is usually between 12 and 17 inches long.

Possums: There are many species of possums, but generally they are marsupials about the size and weight of a cat. They are nocturnal, with long tails and sharp claws.

Wombats: Wombats are quite pudgy marsupials, native only to Australia and look a little like a small bear. Generaly, they're about 3 feet long and weight roughly 55 pounds.

Koalas: These cute, cuddly-looking animals are not bears. They're marsupial (pouched) and love eucalyptus leaves which not only provide food but also most of their water needs. In fact, they need about 100 eucalyptus trees per animal, which is a big problem as human population expands


You'll live in comfortable dorm-style accommodation located in a scenic area of Port Stephens, close to the tourist hub of Nelson Bay.

The accommodation is set among trees and is beautifully rustic. There are laundry facilities, cooking facilities and free WIFI.

Food is not included in this project, but only during the week, so you will need to budget for meals over the weekend. Three light meals are provided per day during the week


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Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

TRAVELLERS' SUPPORT AND BACKUP: Read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme.

On Arrival:
We ask you to arrive in Sydney on a Saturday. You'll be met at Sydney airport by a Representative who will take you by train to a centrally located hostel in Sydney where you'll stay the night. This is to give you a chance to recover from what will possibly be a long flight and from jetlag.

The following day you'll go to the Sydney Central bus terminal to catch the bus (ticket included) to Port Stephens. You'll be greeted at the other end by the local Coordinator who will take you to your accommodation (your home for the duration of your programme).

Australia's geographical isolation has resulted in the evolution of many delicate ecological relationships that are sensitive to foreign invaders and in many instances provided no natural predators for many of the species subsequently introduced.
Australia has seen the loss of 70% of her native vegetation, including 75% of her rainforests. Loss of species goes hand in hand with loss of habitat and 23% of mammals have become extinct - the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Around 20% of Australia's remaining mammals species are now threatened with extinction. Nine percent of birds and 16% of amphibians are either already extinct or extremely vulnerable.
Australia supports a significant proportion of the world's biodiversity - over 80% of its mammals, flowering plants and reptiles are only found in Australia. The destruction and fragmentation of habitat, particularly as a result of clearance of vegetation for agriculture, and the impact of feral animals and invasive weeds, has had a substantial impact on Australia's biodiversity.


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Swim with Dolphins in Australia

3 – 6 hour Swim with Wild Dolphins Cruise on a luxury, custom built boat
Price: £115

SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS AND INTERACT WITH THEM IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT! It’s the ultimate wildlife encounter! You don’t have to be an expert swimmer to join in and no previous snorkelling experience is necessary. Just bring a sense of adventure and be ready for an unforgettable, exhilarating encounter! The dolphin swim tour departs from Rockingham, roughly 45 Km south of Perth. You'll be collected from Perth Coach Station and taken to Rockingham.
What's Included:

  • 3 – 6 hour Swim with Wild Dolphins Cruise on a luxury, custom built boat (onboard toilets and hot showers)
  • Coach transfers from Perth
  • Full length wetsuit, mask and snorkel and snorkelling lessons
  • The Centre has a better than 99% success rate and if you are amongst the unlucky 1% who doesn’t get to swim with the dolphins on your cruise, you can rebook free of charge for another cruise.
  • Expert guides riding underwater aqua scooters to ensure you get up close and personal with the dolphins
  • Light lunch and refreshments
  • Self-serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fresh water
  • Complimentary photos of the cruise uploaded to Flickr for you to share!

Your adventure begins with cruising Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands in search of any of the 180 local dolphins that your crew have come to know as friends. Before long the first dolphin sighting of the day is marked by the excited shout of Found them! followed by the slowing down of our engines to let the dolphins know we are keen to play!
An excited buzz takes over the boat as the crew ensures you’re fully prepared to enter the water. “Zip your wetsuits up, masks and snorkels on and make your way to the swim deck — it’s time to get wet!” Sleek, silvery grey dorsal fins start breaking the surface of the water within metres of the back of the boat and the skipper gives the command everyone’s been waiting for — Go!
Suddenly, you are surrounded by flashing grey torpedoes and the water is filled with whistles, splashes and laughter — both human and dolphin. They don’t do tricks and we don’t feed them, we simply spend some time enjoying each other’s company … it’s a wild encounter!

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Learn to swim in Australia

Price: £40 per lesson of 2.5 hours.

Think Australia - think surfing! Unspoilt beaches and glorious weather, Australia is the one of the best places to learn to surf. Try out some surfing with professional instructors and all the equipment is provided. On this 2.5 hour taster course, you'll learn to surf with a reputable tour company and surfing is their life! They hope to share the experience of riding the waves with you.
What's Included:

  • 2.5 hour surfing lesson
  • Course fees
  • Use of surfing gear
  • Transport from your accommodation to the lessons and back is NOT included

You will have 2.5 hours of surfing lessons with a qualified instructor. If you would like to book any further lessons, this can be done directly with the surf school on arrival for approximately £39 per extra lesson. All surf gear is included.

All surfing experiences are conducted by Level 1 Accredited Coaches through the National Coaching Accreditation scheme (NCAS) plus the company is a Tourism Australia accredited business so this means that you will enjoy a quality surfing experience.

Available from 1st September to early June. Subject to minimum numbers and weather conditions.

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Swim with Wild Dolphins
Learning to Surf

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.




Try to see some of the country while you're there. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Our great location is in Perth, a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate. Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!'


Just three hours north of Sydney on the East Coast of Australia lies Port Stephens, a paradise surrounded by rugged National Parklands, white sandy beaches, volcanic peaks and pristine Marine Sanctuaries.

A short walk to sandy coves, the crystal clear waterways that are home to a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins, and the reason why this region has the nickname of ‘The Dolphin Capital of Australia.’ These waters are also home to sea turtles, seals, and during the months of May to November it is one of the best locations in Australia to watch Humpback whales on their annual migration.

The land surrounding Port Stephens boasts healthy populations of koalas and other marsupials providing an exciting opportunities to see Australian wildlife in their native habitats. Home to the largest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere and the traditional lands of the Worimi Aboriginal people, there is always something to explore and do over the weekends.

Your accommodation is close to the beautiful village of Nelson Bay, which is the centre to many of the amazing attractions and activities that make up the region of Port Stephens.

Nelson Bay itself is a small sleepy costal town that has many different types of shops, restaurants and even a small mall. The town also has a bus route that runs directly through to Sydney which takes approx. 3 hours.


Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.