Volunteer in Australia
For a host of different reasons, many of Australia’s eco -regions and the species that inhabit them, are severely threatened by human activities. These include deforestation, habitat destruction and pollution. Many volunteers who decide to visit this spectacular country choose to join projects that have a specific focus on environmental conservation, ranging from animal welfare, research, the survey and maintenance of flora and fauna to diving the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Whatever you choose, your positive contribution will be both appreciated and welcomed and you will return home with the knowledge that you have truly made a difference.
Apart from positively impacting the country you are visiting, its wildlife, terrain and communities, volunteering abroad will ultimately provide you with a host of additional perspectives and experiences. Taking the opportunity to travel to a foreign country in order to make a difference in a community or environment other than your own will afford you with a sense of freedom and at the same time a worldview greater than anything you could gain from staying in the comfort of your own home.
While Australia is often viewed as being on the other side of the world, and a challenge to travel to, the experience of visiting and volunteering in one of the most diverse and exciting countries in the world will undeniably be worth it.
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I enjoyed ranger days the most. On these days you were paired with a ranger and got to do everything they did. This included feeding, cleaning, and in some cases even treating the animals. There were so many animals at the park that it was so much to see every day. My favorite part was getting to know each animal and their story. Every animal at the park has a name and is looked after carefully. It was great because you weren’t just standing behind a fence looking at the animal you were in the enclosure handling and helping.
The first three days of the program took place in Sydney, as our coordinator showed the volunteers around Sydney and filled us in on the history and customs in Australia. Along our tour we visited the Sydney Opera House, Botanical Gardens, a couple different museums and took a ferry ride to Darling Harbour.
All of the staff on the boat was very friendly and helpful. You could tell this is something they all really enjoy and love to share with others. They made sure to let us know where the coolest things to see were and if there were any special things in our dive sites. There was one fish that was a regular visitor. His name is Wally and we saw him most days out on the reef. He swims right up to divers and it is definitely an experience to see how much he likes to hang out with people.
What we did for those two weeks was not so easy but it was truly meaningful. What I liked most about volunteering was getting to work in a unique environment that you wouldn’t have the chance to experience unless you were a volunteer. Most of the places we worked were deep in the mountains; so beautiful. Everyday we worked about five hours and the leaders would show us some beautiful and amazing places to visit on our time off.
The other two weeks I was sent to a small town near the sea, Warrnambool. It was a super lovely town. I was amazed by the natural environment immediately. Diverse kinds of plants along the coast was impressive. We worked in a point danger area in the coast of Portland, where there is a unique ecological system with many different kinds of plants.
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