Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Australia has some of the world’s most unique wildlife, with many species found only in this country. This makes wildlife conservation in Australia incredibly important. In this program, 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.

This sanctuary also provides a refuge for rehabilitated but un-releasable injured and orphaned animals. It also protects an ancient Aboriginal landscape where you can see Aboriginal sites that show evidence of Australia’s original people, including hand-stenciled caves and sandstone engravings.

In this program, the 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.

Much of the animal care work involves cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and their natural bush habitat, pulling weeds, and collecting litter.

Aims & Objectives

By joining this program participants will have an opportunity to make a real contribution to help saving Australian wildlife from extinction, and to protect the animals’ natural home and care for the dependent and wild animals that live in the sanctuary. And you will gain a valuable experience on learning how to operate and manage a national park by working as a mini ranger in the sanctuary.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

After having breakfast at the Center, you will travel to the park by train to the Sanctuary. You will engage in your daily tasks at the project and packed lunch will be provided for you to have at the project. After completing your day’s work, you will return to your Center in Beecroft by train for a well deserved rest.

Your daily tasks will include,

  • assisting the park rangers with general animal care
  • helping with crucial maintenance of the fox-proof fence to keep the animals safe and regeneration work to preserve healthy habitat for the animals and to save endangered plant species
  • joining activities such as hand pulling of weeds and collecting litter
  • cleaning, feeding and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and their natural bush habitat
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

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 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.
  • Arrival details must be informed at least 2 week prior to the date of arrival, otherwise they will have to make their way to the Center on their own.
  • 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 4 weeks.
  • 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.
  • Participants will be required to sign House rules, code of conduct and other documents before starting their program.

Living & Location

Sydney is Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most liveable and beautiful cities. Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney also has some of Australia’s most famous surf beaches like Coogee and Bondi Beach, beautiful coastline scenery and easy access to Royal National Park, the world’s second national park. Beyond the beautiful coastline Sydney’s ethnically diverse streets are full of action, and home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the world’s most iconic structures.

Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Beecroft in Northern Suburbs in Sydney 25 km from the Sydney central business district (25 to 30 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 Center. Among them there are white sandy beaches where you can spend your free time, such as Bondi Beach, Manly beach, Coogee beach, and places of interest such as Sydney opera house, Darling harbour and many more.

Your Center is located in Beecroft, Greater Sydney, where you will be staying in comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The center has a well equipped kitchen which you can use to store your food and make your own meals as per your wishes. And there is also cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants, watch movies and spend time.

Food Arrangements

In this location, breakfast and dinner have to be self prepared and packed lunch will be provided during your project days. You can change the breakfast and dinner menu according to your wishes and share with the other participants and cook together.

During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available at the kitchen if you wish you stay at the center during the weekends.

The cooking facility will be available for you to prepare breakfast from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and for dinner from 6 pm to 8 pm only.

Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store your personal food and beverages.

Facilities

Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available within 15 mins walk.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include heritage sites, beaches, city centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows,

  • Town hall
  • Queen Victoria building
  • The strand arcade
  • Hyde park
  • Anzac war memorial
  • Sydney opera house
  • Sydney Harbour bridge
  • Australia museum
  • Library of NSW
  • Botanical garden
  • Old Hospital
  • Ferry to Darling Harbour
  • The Mint
  • The Rock
  • Bondi Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Manly Beach

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Australia

Population:        20 million

Capital:        Canberra

Language:        English

Currency:        Australian Dollar

Time zone:        (UTC +11). (UTC +10.5)

Country Information

Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the "Bush Capital." The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Climate

Australia is a continent that experiences a variety of climates due to its size. The temperature can range from below zero in the Snowy Mountains in south-east Australia to extreme heat in the Kimberley region in the north-west of the continent.

Due to the size of the continent, there is not one single seasonal calendar for the entire continent. Instead there are six climatic zones and this translates as two main seasonal patterns.

There is a Summer / Autumn / Winter / Spring pattern in the Temperate zone, also affecting the Desert and the Grassland climatic zones and, a Wet / Dry pattern in the tropical north which includes the Equatorial, Tropical and subtropical zones.

Depending upon where you are each Month, the season will vary on whether the weather is defined by the Temperate zone seasons or the tropical seasons.

Summer (December – February) During summer in Australia, the, average temperatures range from 18.6 - 25.8°C.

Autumn (March – May) Autumn is the mildest time of year in Sydney when the humidity drops and average temperatures fall between 14.6 - 22.2°C.

Winter (June – August) Sydney’s coolest average temperatures drop between 8.8 - 17°C (47.8 - 62.6°F).

Spring (September – November) In spring, days are warmer but the humidity is not as high as summer. Average daily temperatures range from 11 - 23°C (51.8 - 73.4°F).

Culture

Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country's landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country's food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience.

Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape.

This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energised, innovative and outward looking.

Gastronomy

Australia has a rich variety of foods and drinks, adopted and adapted since colonisation and developed as part of a multi-cultural society. What was once new and foreign has been transformed with new ingredients and styles into distinctly Australian food.

Innovations based on new ingredients created new recipes. New desserts, cakes and biscuits, such as pavlova, lamingtons and ginger biscuits went down well with a cup of tea, a near universal drink. Phrases like a 'billy of tea', and later additions such as Anzac biscuits and vegemite were added to the vocabulary.