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Travel to Australia and spend some time participating in various conservation projects located all over the country. There are a huge variety of projects on offer; you could be helping to conserve endangered wildlife, planting trees or surveying flora and fauna.  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
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FAST FACTS
Location Various locations around 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 the local office
Accommodation Shared accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Accommodation
Ground transfers
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

 


 

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The project works alongside local communities to assist on land conservation and environment rehabilitation programs that have been set up across the region. 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, 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?

Projects are located in Adelaide, Bendigo, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville. You will need to decide which location you would prefer to volunteer at and then let us know so that we can check availability.


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. You may also be transferred to another city, town or rural area for the duration of your project. Rarely will you be based in the capital city of your choice for the duration of your project.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

On arrival into the gateway city of your choice: Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart or Cairns 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 its 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

You will usually have weekends free, so ask local staff for information on things to do in the area.

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 £ 599

4 weeks £ 1,049

6 weeks £ 1,599

Extra week £ 265

DEPARTURE DATES

This project begins weekly, every Friday. Please ensure you report to the regional office by 11am on the Friday for your introductory briefing. The project finishes on a Friday, so you should book your return flights for after 4pm on the Friday you finish.

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 (UK only)

In-country

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.