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Posted By: Abby
#Australia,#Wildlife,#Conservation,#Australasia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation
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.
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Posted By: Nicole
#Australia,#Wildlife,#Conservation,#Australasia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation
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.
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Posted By: Leah
#Australia,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Australasia,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
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.
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Posted By: Alasdair H.
#Australia,#Conservation,#Marine Conservation,#Australasia,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
I love diving, but diving with a purpose is brings an entirely new perspective to the sport.  Emerging from the water with not simply an appreciation for, but also an understanding of what I was seeing when I was down there is what is making me want to go back...
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Posted By: Molly
#Australia,#Wildlife,#Conservation,#Australasia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation
Overall, this experience was a great adventure! I had exposure to animals I had never seen before, saw several different landmarks, and met a lot of great people along the way. I plan to stay in touch with a few of them and possibly might even meet up with them again in the future! 
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Posted By: Rachel
#Australia,#Wildlife,#Conservation,#Australasia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation
We toured picturesque Port Stephens and exciting, metropolitan Sydney, enjoyed delicious Australian and international cuisine, met a ton of new friends, and got into the rhythm of Australian life. Invigorated by the week-long holiday, my two project-mates and I flew down to Melbourne to start working with wildlife!
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Posted By: Alisa N.
#Australia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation,#Australasia
I really enjoyed my time at the park as I was able to interact with so many different animals, and also felt like I was contributing to the many initiatives that they have going on. I also liked being a bit further away from Sydney, exploring different parts of the country, that were a little less touristy.
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Posted By: Alyia R.
#Australasia,#Australia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation
This trip went beyond anything I  could have ever imagined. Every day I was at the Port Stephens Wildlife Sanctuary, I learned or experienced something new...Given the chance, I would definitely do this all again! 
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Posted By: Morgan K.
#Australasia,#Australia,#Wildlife and Animal Conservation
These past two weeks have been the best of my life. I came to Australia expecting to have new experiences, but I am leaving with much more. I am leaving with new friends and new jokes and a newfound love for the Port Stephens Wildlife Sanctuary
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