AUSTRALIA - NEWCASTLE

ANIMAL WELFARE & CONSERVATION: WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE NEAR NEWCASTLE IN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Experience some of Australia’s unique wildlife as well as some of their domestic farm animals. Do all this while working at a picturesque wildlife park.

You'll help the Wildlife Park staff in their day-to-day tasks to preserve and increase the population of rare and endangered Australian animals. The project is Eco-Certified and cooperates with relevant bodies to conform to standards of managing the populations of wildlife they hold in ways that improve their sustainability and their conservation value.

You will contribute your time and effort to help a large variety of animals. Because of the nature of the wildlife park, the vast variety of animals and work, this project is particularly popular with Zoology students as it allows volunteers to see things behind the scenes and learn how a commercial wildlife park works and is run.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Katie, Project Coordinator for Australia, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
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Price: £995 (approx. US$1,250) for 1 week
Then £500 (approx. US$630) for each additional week
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week minimum to 4 weeks maximum, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Start dates are every week throughout the year and you choose your start and finish dates. Arrivals are always on Sundays and you will depart on the Saturday at the end of your placement.
Requirements: Minimum age 16 (parental consent is required for 16- and 17 year-olds). No qualifications required, but you should be reasonably fit to be able to cope with the requirements of this project (e.g. physically-demanding tasks).
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Food (three meals during weekdays and no meals on the weekends)
Meeting you at the nearest airport,
Transfer to the Project and accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Programme? 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 animal welfare, conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of contributing to the sustainable quality of life of the animals and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Volunteer with kangaroos
Volunteers help to feed the geese.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

You'll work alongside the rangers at a local Wildlife Park. The park takes part in many breeding programs of some of the most endangered Australian native animals, releasing them into the wild to ensure the survival of rare and beautiful animals. The Wildlife Park also provides a refuge for rehabilitated but un-releasable injured and orphaned animals.

You'll help to provide general animal care. You'll also assist with the crucial maintenance of the enclosures to keep the animals safe from predators and general park care work to preserve the healthy habitat for the animals. Mending fences and maintaining enclosures takes on a magical aspect when you are accompanied by wildlife which are free-ranging, trusting and inquisitive!

Much of the animal care work involves cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and their natural habitats, including raking and collecting litter.

You'll gain valuable experience in learning how to operate and manage a Wildlife Animal Park by working as a 'mini ranger' in the Park.

EXAMPLE SCHEDULE:
After having breakfast at your accommodation, you'll be driven to the Wildlife Park and you'll be picked up again in the evenings to return back home to your accommodation.

Your daily tasks will normally include:

  • Leaving the accommodation around 8:00 am arriving at the Wildlife Park before 9:00am
  • Assisting the park rangers and joining the daily routines, which are made up of "Rotations" in different areas around the Park. (More information below.)
  • Work normally ends at 4:00 pm returning back at the accommodation at around 5:00 pm
  • During the evenings volunteers will normally have dinner and relax.

The information below provides a typical plan for each rotation (there is one rotation per day, making up 5 rotations per week). Rotations will normally include the following, and information involved in each Rotation is also described below:

  1. Birds and Reptiles
  2. Birds and Mammals
  3. Assisting on the Farm
  4. Working with the Mammals
  5. Food Preparation .

Rotation 1: Birds and Reptiles:
Morning Tasks:

  • Sweeping the reptile walkthrough
  • Wiping down the reptile windows
  • Raking the outside Wetland Birds enclosure area
  • Morning feed will consist of feeding the aviary birds (often accompanied with a quick rake and scrub down in the enclosure). These birds are very friendly and will often perch on your shoulder whilst you feed them! Feeding also includes the wetland birds.
  • Morning tea 10:30am
  • Feeding Show 11:00am- 11:15am
  • Reptile Talk 12:00pm - the rangers do a daily reptile talk for the public, which is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the animals from the experts
  • Temperature checks or help record the temperature of the reptiles.
  • Sunning enrichment, which involves volunteers helping to take a reptile (usually the shingle back lizard, bearded dragon or even a python) outside and giving it 10-20 minutes of UV.
  • 'Browsing' is carried out roughly every second day and involves taking tree cuttings to place around the aviaries and reptile enclosures as both a source of food and to enrich the enclosures.
  • Feeding those reptiles judged to be safe for you to feed them
  • Washing the reptile dishes and ceaning their enclosures
  • Lunch 1:30pm

Afternoon Tasks:

  • Feeding Show 2:00pm - 2:15pm.
  • Make up enrichment for the reptiles or birds.
  • Clean the turtle pond (pressure wash).
  • Maintenance of turtle enclosure (light gardening).
  • Finish 4:00pm

Rotation 2: Mammals and Birds:
Morning Tasks:

  • Rake out the parrot enclosure
  • Help bottle feed the baby joeys (kangaroos)
  • Feeding the animals (wallabies, kangaroos, macaws, kookaburras, parrots, emus, ostrich, bush stone curlews, cassowary, possums, owls and wombat)
  • Spot clean the nocturnal house
  • Morning tea 10:30am
  • Feeding Show 11:00am- 11:15am
  • Enclosure maintenance: including but not limited to raking out, mulching, scarifying (turning over the mulch), spot cleaning (removing bird droppings or other waste material from enclosures)
  • Grass pickings for joeys and wombats
  • Browsing (as described earlier)
  • Enrichment. Again, this could be building feeders, scatter feeding, hand feeding anything that is different and exciting for the animals
  • Gliders, cleaning and feeding the sugar gliders
  • Enrichment with the birds' enclosures
  • Lunch 1:30pm

Afternoon Tasks:

  • Feeding show 2:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Feeding the nocturnal animals
  • Cassowary Public Talk 3:00pm
  • Feeding the joeys
  • Occasional food preparation
  • Finish at 4:00pm 

Rotation 3: Helping on the Farm:
Morning Tasks:

  • Raking out the stadium and nursery enclosures
  • Quarantine cages clean-out
  • Collecting the hay bales for feed out
  • Help with the hay round
  • Feeding the nursery animal
  • Morning tea 10:30am
  • Feeding show 11:00- 11:15am
  • Clean out bottles from the morning feed show
  • Feeding the farm animals
  • Cleaning out each of the enclosures
  • Browsing (this assists with farm animals' enrichment)
  • Lunch 1:30pm

Afternoon Tasks:

  • Feeding Show 2:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Cleaning bottles from afternoon feeding show
  • Prepare bottles for the next day's feeding show
  • Clean out the nursery, raking out all the saw dust and hosing down the enclosures
  • Putting the nursery animals into their overnight pet packs
  • Hosing down the Cow Pen
  • Finish at 4:00pm

Rotation 4: Mammals:
Morning Tasks:

  • Rake the koala enclosures to remove all droppings
  • Top up the koala browse and the water pots
  • Help prepare food for the tree-kangaroo (a marsupial)
  • Help with Dingo food preparation
  • Help with Lemur food preparation
  • Morning tea 10:30am
  • Feeding Show 11:00- 11:15am
  • Feeding the tree-kangaroos
  • Clean the tree-kangaroo enclosures and change their browse
  • Enclosure maintenance for koalas (mulching or light gardening)
  • Koala talk 12:30pm
  • Koala health checks
  • Lunch 1:30pm

Afternoon Tasks:

  • Feeding Show 2pm - 2:15pm
  • A Talk on the Tasmanian Devil, 2:30pm
  • Feeding the dingoes and give out dingo enrichment if prepared earlier
  • Clean the Dingo enclosure
  • Feeding the Lemurs (this involves being rowed out to the island where they're located by one of the rangers). This also allows you time with the Lemurs
  • Finish at 4:00pm

Rotation 5: Food Preparations:
Morning Tasks:

  • Sort and clean the food bins
  • Morning tea 10:30am
  • Feeding Show 11- 11:15am
  • Prepare food for the day, including meats fruits and vegetable dishes
  • Lunch 1:30pm

Afternoon Tasks:

  • Feeding show 2:00pm - 2:15pm
  • Help clean the food preparation areas
  • Finish at 4pm
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Volunteers prepare bedding for the animal enclosures
This little guy has nearly all the creature comforts of Mom!
Volunteers help to maintain the enclosures.
Spiny ant-eater hedgehog porcupines
You'll also give some much-needed help on the farm
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ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Elermore Vale in the western outskirts of Newcastle, 13km from the Newcastle central business district (25 minutes drive). You will be staying in the residential area where you can easily reach all the services and facilities such as supermarkets, ATMs, banks, shopping malls, and restaurants. There are many tourist destinations which can be reached within 25 - 45 mins drive from the House Centre. Among them, there are white sandy beaches where you can spend your free time, such as Merewether Beach, Dixon Park Beach, Bar Beach, and places of interest such as the Newcastle Memorial Walk, Hunter Valley Winery and many more.

You'll live in a Volunteer House which offers plenty of living space and has a veranda. Situated on a relaxed residential street surrounded by woodland and green space, it offers the perfect opportunity to live with local Australians.

The accommodation is comfortable dorm-style accommodation (4-6 per room). The Centre has a well-equipped kitchen upstairs and a smaller kitchenette downstairs which you can use to store your food and make your own meals as per your wishes. There is also a cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants, watch movies and spend time.

The Centre has a large backyard, perfect for playing a sport or pulling out a deck chair and soaking up some sun!

Wi-Fi / Internet: is available.

FOOD:
Food is included in this project: three meals a day during the week, but no meals on the weekends.

Volunteers are required to prepare all their own food using the ingredients provided. which normally included all the standard meal staples, i.e. meat, fish, rice, pasta, etc… and a packed lunch will be given at the project.

Preparing your own meals allows you to choose dishes you fancy according to the food items that are provided that day. Many volunteers choose to cook and share dishes together.

During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available in the kitchen if you wish you to stay at the at the accommodation during the weekends. There is also a refrigerator which you can use to store your personal food and beverages.

Surrounding Towns and Cities

Many Volunteers go to either Sydney or Port Stephens during the weekends. Sydney obviously offers all your major city attractions (plus the fact that it's Sydney!), while Port Stephens offers beautiful beaches, stunning sand dunes, coastal walks, national parks, pristine waters. It also have a carefree laid-back lifestyle and many outdoor activities, like sand boarding, Dolphin and Whale cruises, horse riding, and much more!

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The living room in the very comfortablel Volunteer House
The Volunteer House has all amenities to make your stay most enjoyable!
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

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. 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!

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

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.

Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest, and second oldest city, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s hippest and beautiful cities. Newcastle is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design.

Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Newcastle also has some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches like Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach, beautiful coastline scenery. There is easy access to the War Memorial Walk, a commemorative pathway way offers to breathtaking views of the cliffside and ocean as well as showcasing artwork dedicated to World War II.

Beyond the beautiful coastline Newcastle’s ethnically diverse streets are full of action, and home to many unique bars and restaurants.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION IN AUSTRALIA:
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.

RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

The Park was originally built as a farm but later acquired various Australian wildlife species and since then the dedication to wildlife conservation has become a key focus. "Extinction is forever" - the Park has already established multiple endangered species breeding programs where they currently release threatened and endangered species back into the wild.

By participating on this Programme, you're helping to perpetuate the on-going conservation efforts that the Park makes through aiding in the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife, restoring habitat as well as providing a second chance at the park for animals that can’t be released back into the wild.

We employ local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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Newcastle is jaw-droppingly beautiful, especially the beaches!
Newcastle town centre
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