Australian Wildlife Sanctuary Program

NSW, Australia

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15 people
14 days
Code: 181
Activity and Adventure, Volunteering Abroad
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Your Australian experience begins in Sydney, wherein you will be given the best of the experiences that Sydney has to offer with fun filled activities on project information and preparation, which will prepare you to step up in the wildlife zone at the Australian Wildlife Sanctuary in Calga.

After your arrival at Sydney airport on the Sunday, you will travel to the Sydney Central YHA to check in and will be provided with lunch and or dinner depending on what your arrival time is. You will spend two days in Sydney (Monday-Tuesday), on your first day you will attend an information session (this is compulsory) where you will be provided with information on the program and what is expected during your stay. Once the information session is concluded the fun begins. The first stop on your walking tour of Sydney is Paddy’s markets where there is a direct factory outlet allowing you to purchase souvenirs and things you may have forgotten at a reasonable price; you will then have the opportunity to take what you have brought back to your hotel room as it is close by. Once purchases have been taken to your room you will then be taken for lunch at the Haymarket hotel and once lunch is finished you will continue on the walking tour of Sydney. On commencement of your walking tour after lunch you will see Town hall, the Queen Victoria building, the Strand Arcade, the famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor bridge and then board onto a ferry where you will go for a short ferry ride on Sydney harbor and disembark at Darling harbor. The walk will then continue around Darling Harbor and Chinatown as we walk back to the YHA to conclude the day. On the second day in Sydney your walking tour will allow you to visit the ANZAC war memorial, Hyde park and The Australian museum. Once you have finished at the museum you will then have lunch at food base where you can choose from arrange of different food and when lunch has concluded the city walking tour will continue. You will walk through the remainder of Hyde Park were we will end up on MAcQuarie Street and you will be able to see the old mint, the old Sydney hospital, the NSW state library and the Sydney Botanical gardens where you will have some time to walk around, grab a coffee or visit the gift store. When finished at the Sydney Botanical gardens you will then walk back to the YHA which will conclude the day. Please keep in mind these activities may change due to weather, public holidays etc. if this is the case we have alternative options and something else will be put in place for you to enjoy.

On the Third day, you will be transferred to Australian Walkabout Wildlife Sanctuary in the morning via a scenic train ride from Central train station to Gosford train station. Once you disembark at Gosford train station you will be greeted by our coordinator and driven to the sanctuary which is located in a secluded little town called Calga.. After your arrival in Walkabouts, you will be taken to your accommodation where you will be given the opportunity to settle in and have some lunch. After your lunch, your induction to the program begins with a ranger assisted tour around the park where you will gain much understanding of the park activities.

From day 4 to day 12, you will continue to undergo training and also participate in the daily activities at the park. Once your time has concluded with the program you will then be advised on how to get back to Sydney. There is a return service to Gosford station on Saturday at the end of the program but it comes at a cost as we do not provide a departure service in this package.

Australia has 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. Walkabout Park provides a safe natural home for over 180 species of mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles.

The 80 acres of bush is home to all the wild creatures that naturally live there. This sanctuary also provides a refuge for rehabilitated but un-releasable injured and orphaned animals. Walkabout Park also 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 hand-stenciled caves and sandstone engravings.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

Feb 6th

Feb 20th

Mar 6th

Apr 17th

May 15th

May 29th

Jun 26th

Jul 10th

Aug 7th

Sep 18th

Aims & Objectives

By joining this program participants will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to help saving Australian wildlife from extinction. The purpose of this program is to protect the animals’ natural home in Walkabout Park’s 80 acres of wild bush, plus care for the dependent and wild animals that live there.

Participants will assist the park rangers with general animal care. They will help with crucial maintenance of the fox-proof fence to keep the animals safe from introduced predators, and bush care and regeneration work to preserve healthy habitat for the animals and to save endangered plant species, are just some of the environmental projects that they get involved with. Mending fences and maintaining enclosures takes on a magical aspect when you’re accompanied by free-ranging trusting inquisitive wildlife. The sanctuary has a team of rangers who care for the animals, but there is always more work to be done than there are hands and hours in the day. This is why participants are so important and appreciated by the Walkabout park team.

Project tasks can be very physical and may sometimes seem repetitive, but participants’ efforts make a huge difference to the sanctuary’s ability to keep operating. Participants should expect to spend time on activities such as hand pulling of weeds and collecting litter. Everything done in this program no matter how big, how small and how repetitive, is all relevant to this cause and much appreciated.

It’s important to note that caring for animals is NOT about cuddling and playing with the animals. Whilst this makes people feel good, it is not good for the animals. Most of the animals are healthy and what they need most is to be allowed to get on with their normal animal activities. ‘Non-essential’ handling is not in the best interests of the animals. Much of the animal care work involves cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and their natural bush habitat.

Schedule
Week 1

Day 1: Monday

Our coordinator will meet you at 09.00 hours in the foyer of the Sydney Central YHA where your orientation induction and information session about your stay in Sydney will begin. This will involve signing paperwork, reading through documents, a culture lesson etc. once the induction session has concluded we go off for a fun filled orientation day in Sydney and come back to YHA by about 17.00 in the evening. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 and dinner will be at your own discretion.

Day 2: Tuesday

Today, you will be met by our coordinator in the foyer at 09.00 and we head off for a fun filled orientation day in Sydney and back at YHA by 16:30. On your return to the YHA you will be provided with an information session on Walkabouts Wildlife Sanctuary. Lunch will be served at 12:30 and dinner will be at your own discretion.

Day 3: Wednesday

After leaving Sydney Central train station by train. You will disembark at Gosford train station and collected by our team member and taken to Walkabout Wildlife Park which is located in a secluded little town called Calga. Once you arrive you will have the opportunity to settle in, have some lunch then go through the important and required induction process (this is done every two weeks on Wednesday and at no other time, you will not be able to participate at the park without going through this induction) and then shown around the sanctuary.

Day 4-5: Thursday to Friday

  • Participate in wildlife animal sanctuary program
  • Continue with the program

Day 6-7: Saturday to Sunday

Program free days. If you choose to leave the sanctuary on these days it will be at your own expense.

Week 2

Day 8-12: Monday to Friday

  • Participate in Wildlife Animal Sanctuary Program and take a short break after a few hours.
  • Continue in participating in Wildlife Animal Sanctuary Program.

Day 13: Saturday

Your program finishes on the Friday evening and at your own expense you are responsible for on the Saturday to get back to the airport or any other place you choose to go to form there. We do have a bus service which can take you to a train station, but once again this will be at your expense. (If participants are staying for 4, 6 or 8 weeks they will just continue week two until they finish the program.)

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements
  • All participants are required to bring a photocopy of the passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
  • All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to physical work which will include light construction and other ‘hands on’ duties like hand weeding, clearing debris, rubbish removal, removal of invasive non-native tree species etc. This program will not suit participants who are afraid of wild fauna and insects or don’t wish to do physical work.
  • All participants will need to undergo compulsory training over 1-2 days before working on on the project Training will be included during the first week and may be ongoing as new tasks arise.
  • All placements must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before starting date, after this period placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis only and extra charges may apply.
  • Certificates will be issued for the completion of this training and program participation only after placements have been successfully completed.
  • Due to Australia’s strict visa regulations, we are unfortunately unable to help to secure visas. Participants coming from western/ European countries can easily get visas online.
  • Maximum duration is 8 weeks. For longer stays, please email us directly.
  • This program is strictly monitored, and participants will have to leave Australia at the end of the program duration.
  • Participants below 18 years require parental consent, and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the program.
  • All participants are required to bring a photocopy of the passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
  • All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to physical work which will include light construction and other ‘hands on’ duties like hand weeding, clearing debris, rubbish removal, removal of invasive non-native tree species etc. This program will not suit participants who are afraid of wild fauna and insects or don’t wish to do physical work.
  • All participants will need to undergo compulsory training over 1-2 days before working on on the project Training will be included during the first week and may be ongoing as new tasks arise.
  • All placements must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before starting date, after this period placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis only and extra charges may apply.
  • Certificates will be issued for the completion of this training and program participation only after placements have been successfully completed.
  • Due to Australia’s strict visa regulations, we are unfortunately unable to help to secure visas. Participants coming from western/ European countries can easily get visas online.
  • Maximum duration is 8 weeks. For longer stays, please email us directly.
  • This program is strictly monitored, and participants will have to leave Australia at the end of the program duration.
  • Participants below 18 years require parental consent, and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the program.
Additional Equipment
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Thongs/sandals
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Long pants and shirt/clothes that can get dirty during your project week
  • No singlets or hot shorts to be worn while working at the park
  • Thick socks is highly recommended

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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