Eco-volunteering in Australia

Travel in Australia for a life changing experience !

In Australia, you can join an NGO for an eco-volunteer programme. More than 2,000 local projects are organized each year to protect the wildlife and unique flora of Australia.

 

Are you between 18 and 70 years, do you love nature and are you physically fit? This project is for you!

 

No qualifications are required, but you must be motivated and willing to be hands on. You will join volunteer groups from around the world, which will share unforgettable moments! 

This eco-volunteering programme is gets more and more participants every year. It allows to get involved in an environment protecting project while having an interesting cultural exchange with international volunteers from the entire world. 

 

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Ecovolontariat en Australie

 

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In 1770, James Cook discovered Australia and it was attached to the English crown. The country was initially used as a prison for offenders and it was not until 1856 that the country gained independence.

The Australian continent is part of Oceania, which, besides Australia, includes New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji and a large number of small islands. Over 80% of the Australian population, which has reached 23 million, lives in large cities, especially in the south.

Aboriginals, Australia's indigenous population has lived here for over 60,000 years.

Eco-voluntary work in Australia with GlobalongColonization by the English has affected their lives disastrously, transmitting previously unknown diseases in Australia and ignoring everything about their culture and traditions. Like the Native Americans in America, aboriginal traditions are threatened. Many of them live in slums, in very difficult conditions and the rate of unemployment and alcoholism amongst the Aboriginals is very high. In 1967, Australians voted to improve the quality of life of aborigines, but it was not until 1993 that their lands, stolen by the British hundreds of years ago, were returned to them. In 2008, the Australian state finally apologised for the wrongs that have been done to the Aboriginals.

Australia eco-volunteering work with GlobalongDespite it’s sinister past, Australia remains a country full of opportunities – with a unique fauna and flora to be protected!

Australia has more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year. In summer, from December to March, the temperature averages 29°C, with temperature peaks in the northeastern part of the country. In winter, between June and August, the temperature is 13°C on average, with mild days in the northern part and more recurrent rains in the south.

 

The volunteer programme in Australia !

The programme starts every Friday throughout the year. You can participate for 2 to 12 weeks.

You can choose between these destinations:


State
 
Cities
Victoria

Melbourne
Bendigo
Geelong
Hamilton

New South Wales


Sydney
Canberra
Bathurst
Newcastle

Queensland
Brisbane
Cairns
Townsville

 
Northern Territories
Darwin
Alice Springs Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

 
South Australia 
Adelaide
 
Western Australia
Perth
Broome

 
Tasmanie
Hobart
Lanceton

 

Plant trees in Australia with Globalong !

Normally, volunteers travel to a different project location every week . Each project typically has between 4 and 9 volunteers from around the world. If you go for four weeks or more, you can combine multiple projects / destinations to explore Australia.

For example, you can start with two weeks in Victoria, then continue with four weeks in Western Australia - and possibly take a week or two off between the two projects to travel! If you combine multiple destinations, you must organize the trip between projects.

The local team will of course help with the organization. 

Eco volunteer project in Australia with Globalong

If you wish to participate in this programme, you must: 

  • Love nature
  • Expect basic accommodation conditions
  • Demonstrate independence
  • Be flexible
  • Be able to work in groups

If you want to go with a friend on the same project, it is possible (depending the number of places available for the dates - contact us to confirm).

Planter des arbres en Australie

The project and the tasks you will take part in depend on the weather.

Projects end on Friday at 4 p.m. At the end of the programme, you will be dropped at the regional office where you started. If your project is too far away and you cannot get to the office on Friday, you have to stay one more night and leave on Saturday. This night is not included in our prices, but the home team will help you organize it.

Most eco-volunteering projects are far from major cities. 

international volunteering programme in Australia

Even if you choose to start your placement in a city like Melbourne or Sydney, you will not stay long in the city.

You will not be picked up at the airport, but we will give you a map and all the information needed to find the local office.

Your week will include 5 days of eco-volunteering followed by 2 days of rest during which you can rest, go sightseeing or travel to another project if you combine multiple ones.

Most projects last between 1 and 3 weeks, so if you want to go for six weeks, you can participate in 2 to 5 different programmes.

Trees plantation in Australia thanks to Globalong's volunteers

Information about your international volunteer programme in Australia:

Before you begin your placement, you will take part in an information day, which begins on Friday at 11 am in the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth or Hobert local office - depending on the destination you choose.

You will be informed about the safety instructions and you will meet the team members and other volunteers. 

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After a light lunch, you can visit your home to get to know the other volunteers for two days before you start volunteering on Monday morning. 

If your project is away from the office, you will leave on Sunday. This trip, which will be either by bus or by train, is organized by the local team.

You must be prepared for all eventualities, be sure to bring appropriate clothing to eco-volunteering tasks and be prepared for variations in the weather. You will be taught to use tools and you will receive safety equipment. 

Sample tasks in those eco-volunteer projects in Australia :

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Depending on the project, you can, for example:

  • Plant trees
  • Walking trail construction
  • Collect seeds
  • Erect fences
  • Assist in the protection of protected plant and animal species
  • Remove harmful plants
  • Check the status of wildlife
  • Help restore points of interest
  • Assist in monitoring biodiversity
  • etc.

Several times a year, major projects are organized such as massive reforestation, where thousands of trees are planted or volunteers build hiking trails.

There are also more local projects where tasks can be varied and change every day.

Each group is supervised by a manager that assigns different tasks while explaining what is important and how you should follow the safety instructions. 

Volunteering project to plant trees in Australia for Globalong

These people are very experienced in this field. As a volunteer, you can not choose the tasks you want to perform, because it depends on the project, the time period and the needs of the moment.

During the information day you will receive detailed information on the project and the type of tasks you will perform.

During this placement, you'll discover Australia off the beaten track, you'll learn a lot about the ecosystem and the importance of eco-volunteering programmes in terms of environmental protection and you will learn how to acclimatize yourself in rustic conditions away from big cities and sometimes under conditions of high temperatures.

Useful information to your volunteer programme

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Your free time in Australia :

The projects usually take place from Monday to Friday. For projects that are far away from cities, placements can last 10 days, followed by more days off. Schedules are generally from 8 am to 4 p.m. On weekends, you can travel and explore the area. Do not hesitate to ask the home team for information or help!

Board and lodging in Australia: 

Meals and accommodation are included. The first meal is after you are given all the information on Friday morning. You are accommodated from Friday evening. 

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Breakfast consists of cereals, bread or toast, tea and coffee.

Lunch includes homemade sandwiches and fruit.

For dinner, volunteers gather and prepare the meal together or take turns, for example pasta, grills and vegetarian dishes. Everyone eats at the table together, and helps set the table, clear away and clean up.

If you are not a very good cook, do not be worried.

You can still help with simple tasks such as cutting up vegetables.

Entretien du bord de mer à Victoria

You will cook fresh, local products. We cannot guarantee that you will have meat every day, especially if you go for a project out of town and away from stores.

If you follow a special diet (vegan etc.) or if you are allergic to certain foods, you will need to prepare your own meals. Remember to mention this when you enrol.

Accommodation varies according to the projects. You will be housed in caravans, in hostels, in ancient shepherds huts or tents. 

Included in Australia's eco-volunteer programme:

Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).

Accommodation: 

  • Have fun and work in Australia with GlobalongLaundry (depending on the project)
  • Pillow
  • Heating
  • Running water
  • Hot Water
  • Individual locked cupboard

Programme, follow-up, customization: 

  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Shared Accommodation
  • Team en Australie - GlobalongDiner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the last day, and full board during the project
  • An English-language information session on the first Friday (you will only participate once if you take part in several projects)
  • Return transport between the departure office and the project
  • Customization of your programme
  • 7/7 support from the coordinator or their team
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advice on how to get your visa (if needed)
  • A Book "Wild Life Guidebook"
  • Country guide
  • volunteering in Australia with GlobalongTraveller's guide
  • Safety instructions before departure and during the information day
  • Certificate of participation
  • Safety Vest

Not included in Australia's eco-volunteer programme:

  • Flights to and from Australia
  • Transportation to the regional office of your choice from the airport (you will receive a map and the information to find the office)
  • Transport between the different states if you want to participate in projects in different states
  • Visa fees (free for less than 3 months, about 40 € for more than 3 months)
  • Erosion in Australia volunteers work it out GlobalongPersonal expenses and extra outings
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Accommodation on the last Friday evening after the end of your placement
  • Laundry fees
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay

List of Things to bring in Australia:

For logistical reasons, we ask you not to bring more than 15 kilos of luggage and if possible in a backpack, not a suitcase.

  • Sleeping bag and camping mattress
  • Long pants for hiking
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • T-shirts with long sleeves
  • Rainwear
  • A small backpack to carry your water bottle and lunch on the project
  • A hat to protect you from the sun
  • Work gloves
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen (sunblock), Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Globalong volunteers in AustraliaMosquito Net (not compulsory but highly recommended)

Your pocket money in Australia:

The amount you need depends on what you want to do. 

Some participants take advantage of the weekends to go out, see the sights, souvenirs etc.

During the project; you do not need a lot of pocket money. Bring a small amount for some outings with other volunteers. Meals, accommodation and transport from the office to the project are included in our rates.

Remember to make small change for the laundry. 

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How to communicate in Australia ?

You will find internet in town the weekend. You will not have access to the Internet during the placement, even if you bring your own computer or smartphone with Internet access. The network is not very developed outside major cities.

Enrolment in those projects in Australia :

We recommend that you enrol at least 2 months before the start of the programme.

Bank Holidays 2017/2018 in Australia :

  • December 23 to January 2nd 2018 (closed school)
  • 1st January 2018: New Years Day
  • 26th January 2018: Australia Day
  • 05th March 2018: Labour Day
  • 30th March 2018: Good Friday
  • 02nd April 2018: Easter
  • 25th April 2018: Anzac Day
  • 25th September 2018: Queen’s birthday
  • 04th June 2018: Pentecost Monday
  • 25th December 2018: Christmas Day
  • 26th December 2018: Boxing Day

For further information, feel free to contact us at info@globalong.com

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