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Sydney Ethical Conservation

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Sydney Ethical Conservation

Volunteer in Sydney and assist to preserve, protect and restore Australia's rich natural environment and many unique native species.

Prices from US$1,045

Head to Sydney, New South Whales, and spend some time participating in the conservation projects located in the world famous city and throughout regional NSW. There is a variety of projects on offer; you could be helping to conserve endangered wildlife, planting trees, surveying flora and fauna or participating in beach cleanups.  Each of the projects gives you the opportunity to gain hands on conservation experience whilst contributing to protecting and restoring Australia’s unique environmental heritage.

Australia hosts an abundance of exciting flora and fauna, however many of these species have become threatened or endangered. During your trip you will assist with land and wildlife conservation programs which aim to restore these important ecosystems in order to protect wildlife. After having explored and worked in the region, you'll come away satisfied that you have done your bit to help protect the region’s impressive landscape and wildlife.

 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain hands on conservation experience
  • Help with vital wildlife and conservation work
  • Help to protect and promote Australia's diversity
  • Get to know and understand Australian native species

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Sydney, Australia
Activities Tree Planting
Erosion Control
Seed Collection
Track Construction
Floral & faunal surveys
Habitat restoration
Endangered species protection
Weed control
Fencing
Beach cleanups and surveys
Environmental monitoring
Transport Volunteers must make their own way to Sydney HQ
Accommodation Shared accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Ground transfers
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This project works alongside Sydney and NSW communities to assist with land conservation and environment rehabilitation programs that have been set up across the city and state. The aim of these programs is to help restore damaged ecosystems in order to help support Australia's unique plants and animals. Volunteers will work in some of the region's most beautiful national parks, reserves and sanctuaries, surrounded by Eucalyptus forest and an abundance of wildlife. These precious natural ecosystems act as refuges for a number of Australia’s most threatened and endangered species. The land is also of significant cultural importance to the local Aboriginal people. These ecosystems are under threat from introduced pest species such as feral animals and weeds, habitat destruction and fragmentation, unsustainable development, drought and pollution from incorrect waste disposal. This all has a devastating effect on the fragile ecosystems that support Australia’s unique flora and fauna

  

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a conservation volunteer you will be working to reverse and mitigate some negative impacts on the environment, and help to restore ecosystems. You will do this through re-vegetation efforts and tree planting, weed and pest removal activities, cleaning bush areas and waterways, building protective fencing and other infrastructure and maintaining wildlife corridors to ensure the safe passage of species between healthy ecosystems, away from the dangers of roads and motorways.


It is hard to know exactly which project you could be working on as projects vary greatly depending on the season, conservation priorities and the needs of local communities. As with all volunteering opportunities, a degree of flexibility and adaptability is required.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

On arrival into Sydney you will make your way to the local office where you will receive orientation and briefing. After your induction you may have the first weekend free, either in the main city or at your first project site, before starting on the project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you will be provided with comfortable, clean, shared accommodation. The type of accommodation will vary depending on the nature of the project and it's exact location.Typical accommodation can include hostels, shared houses, caravans or camping. You will normally stay close to where you are working (usually within walking distance) but occasionally you might take public transportation to sites further afield or travel will be arranged to your work site.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Meals will reflect the local diet within Australia and New Zealand. For breakfast, cereals, bread or toast, tea and coffee is supplied. Lunch is normally a self-made sandwich and fruit; in the evening everyone enjoys a meal prepared by the group, typically something like pasta, roast or a vegetarian option. Volunteers help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up of dishes, plus some domestic duties as required. Volunteers are relied upon to participate fully in the program, and the evening meal is a popular part of the day.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Before or after your project why not stay in country a little longer and explore the wide range of adventure activities, unique wildlife and cultural experiences Australia has to offer. Take time out to get to know some of this amazing country's wildlife. The diving and snorkelling all around the Aussie cost is absolutely spectacular and you may even see pods of dolphins, seals or perhaps whales depending on the time of year.


However, if you fancy something more adventurous then there are plenty of adventure activities and water-based sports to get involved in at reasonable prices. Water sports are in abundance, including water skiing, windsurfing, surfing, body boarding and more. Try a bungee jump for a full blown adrenaline rush, or mountain biking for a great way to take in the staggering landscapes. Venture into nearby towns with your new friends for a taste of the raucous Australian nightlife; the bars and clubs are sure to be jam packed!

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,045

4 weeks US$1,795

6 weeks US$2,745

Extra week US$495

DEPARTURE DATES

This project begins weekly, every Friday. Please ensure you report to Sydney HQ office by 11am on the Friday for your introductory briefing.

DURATION

You can join this project for 2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Sydney Kingsford Smith Apt (NS) (SYD)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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