Conservation Volunteers Australia

From £599, 2 weeks, Australia Trip code: OZCV

  • Adventure 1 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 1 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Sunshine, fresh air, amazing natural beauty and wildlife, and cool people.
  • Make a real difference to conservation in Australia, and have loads of fun
  • Flexible programme that offers you a choice of locations to fit in with your travel plans
  • Tasks designed specifically to deliver positive conservation outcomes for Australia’s fauna and flora – like tree planting, protecting endangered species and environmental monitoring
  • Make great friends to continue your Australia travels with

Trip Summary

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This is real hands-on experience of conservation in Australia, and the team leaders know the areas like the back of their hands. They'll give you really great ideas of what to see and do in your time out. 

 

The programme offers an amazing variety of locations and projects, whether you’re caravanning or staying in hostels, shearers’ quarters, bunkhouses or camping out under the stars.

 

Taken to the best places for sunsets and sunrises, shown kangaroo spots, with wallabies, koalas, platypus and all the other weird and wonderful wildlife in Oz  - this is a totally awesome environment!
 


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What will I be doing?

  • Volunteer Role (2 to 8 weeks)

  • Project itinerary (2 to 8 weeks)

  • Projects acheivements (2 to 8 Weeks)

Volunteer Role: 2 to 8 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

You can choose from a wide range of locations and stay for as little as two weeks. Experience the Great outdoors - Aussie-style!

 

Choose from Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Newcastle, Bathurst, Sydney (includes Canberra), Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Uluru and Hobart (Tasmania).

  • Location: Australia

This package gives you the chance to get out in the fresh air, feel the sun on your skin and do something new and challenging. The volunteering takes you on a range of different conservation projects, travelling to a new location every week or two and projects may take place in urban, regional and remote locations (please note that if you have selected to volunteer in Sydney you may be placed in or around Canberra). The following are examples of the types of things volunteers do – every volunteer has a different experience, and projects are selected according to conservation priority, weather and seasonal considerations.

 

Tree planting - participants have planted more than 10 million trees in the past decade.

 

Endangered species protection - e.g. monitoring flatback turtles and hawksbill turtles.

 

Environmental monitoring - e.g. tracking wildlife numbers (such as echidnas), and identifying different species.

 

Erosion and salinity control - e.g. constructing fences around lakes to prevent soil washing away when cattle come to drink.

 

Seed collection - to re-vegetate areas in need of regeneration (i.e. areas affected by bush fires).

 

Construction and maintenance of walking tracks - e.g. clearing pathways and tracks that have become overgrown after bush fires.

 

Endangered flora and fauna surveys - Identifying and removing non-indigenous plants and trees.

 

Planting of native species - e.g. planting native blackthorn to provide new habitats for the threatened purple copperwing butterfly.

 

Weed control - e.g. removing berberis bush to encourage native plants to grow, and poisoning prickly pear cactus that can get caught in kangaroo’s feet.

 

Habitat restoration - e.g. to clear invasive Pond Apple which takes over the habitat of native plants and destroys the biodiversity, affecting native wildlife such as koalas, wallabies and thorny devils!

 

Heritage restoration - e.g. helping to restore some historic railway carriages from the ‘Ghan’ railway that travels through central Australia.

 

Fence construction - e.g. to protect sensitive wetland areas from farm livestock, or for bush fire protection.  

Project itinerary: 2 to 8 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

You can choose from a wide range of locations and stay for as little as two weeks. Experience the Great outdoors - Aussie-style!

 

Choose from Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Newcastle, Bathurst, Sydney (includes Canberra), Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Uluru and Hobart (Tasmania).

  • Location: Australia

Projects normally run for 5 days per week, and you usually have one or two days free per week for relaxing or sightseeing. Project hours are normally from 8am - 4pm, although this varies on some projects.

 

You will usually travel to a different project location every week or two. This means that you will generally get to take part in a variety of project activities in different areas! You will not be offered a choice of projects, as they vary according to seasonal conditions and conservation priorities. CVA will do their best to provide a variety of projects or locations during your time as a volunteer, while achieving their essential conservation outcome, which always remains the priority.

 

Nature Saturdays

Nature Saturdays run on the second and forth Saturday of each month. They provide you with an opportunity to experience and enjoy the Australian bush and wildlife that you are helping to conserve.

 

Second Saturday of each month – a guided bush walk with an experienced guide

 

Forth Saturday of each month – entry to a wildlife or cultural exhibition.

 

Please note that your project may be disrupted in extreme weather conditions. The guided bushwalks will not operate on days of total fire ban. Our team in Australia will aim to organise alternative activities in the event of adverse weather. However, please note that this is not always possible due to the location of some projects.

 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change. Projects are closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

Projects acheivements: 2 to 8 Weeks

Destination info

You can choose from a wide range of locations and stay for as little as two weeks. Experience the Great outdoors - Aussie-style!

 

Choose from Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Newcastle, Bathurst, Sydney (includes Canberra), Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Uluru and Hobart (Tasmania).

  • Location: Australia

Through the commitment made to conservation by our partners in-country and their volunteers, a number of major awards have been given to the organisation.

 

2000 – They were added to the Global 500 Honour Roll. This the highest honour in the United Nations Environment Program.

 

2002 - They won the Prime Minister’s Award Excellence in Community Business Partnerships.

 

2003 – They won the Australian Financial Review Magazine Corporate partnership Award.

 

Our partner has won five Awards from the Banksia Environmental Foundation.

 

You will be part of a team of up to 10 volunteers, with a Team Leader. Your team leader will explain the project aims to you and help you to complete each project safely and effectively. Your team leader will also give you regular safety briefings.

 

This is available to people from all across the world from the age of 18 years +. We are unable to guarantee the age range of your fellow volunteers, but everyone has at least one common interest – the desire to help conserve Australia’s incredible environment! 

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What's included?

  • Meals whilst on the project
  • Accommodation whilst on the project
  • Detailed orientation
  • CVA membership
  • CVA wildlife book
  • Nature Saturdays

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Transfer to the CVA office
  • Accommodation before programme starts

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old, maximum decided on potential participant's health and fitness. 

 

Accommodation

Accommodation will vary from project to project. A combination of the following may be used during your stay - caravanning, hostels, shearers’ quarters, bunkhouses and camping (tents will be supplied). You should bring a sleeping mat along with your sleeping bag. Please note - you may have to share sleeping quarters.

 

Meals

All meals are included in the price; vegetarian or vegan diets can be catered for. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

 
Typical meals consist of - Breakfast: cereals, bread or toast, tea and coffee. Lunch: a self-made sandwich and fruit. Dinner: A meal prepared by the group, typically something like pasta, roast or vegetarian option. CVA is all about teamwork and this includes cooking, cleaning and washing up!

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel adviser who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24-hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. How much spending money will I need?

While you are on the programme, you will not need much spending money as your food and board is included. But you will do excursions on the weekends, so minimum of £60 per week will get you by.

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2. Can I split my volunteering between two different areas?

Yes! There are many areas throughout Australia, and you can choose to do a week in each. However, travel inbetween each location is not included.

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3. Will I need a sleeping bag?

Yes, you will need a sleeping bag. You will be able to get one when you land in Australia.

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4. Can I travel after my Volunteering?

Yes. Your Tourist Visa is valid for 3 months.

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5. Do I need a Working Holiday Visa to volunteer?

You do not need a Working Holiday for this programme. You will get a Tourist visa on arrival.

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

Yes, you will need to take a sleeping bag with you however some of the offices do have them for hire with a deposit. The fee is normally $5 with a $20 deposit and covers the cleaning between use. It is best to check before arrival in case they have been hired already or that the office does not have them.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

Yes, you will need to take a net with you however some of the offices do have them for hire with a deposit. The fee is normally $5 with a $20 deposit and covers the cleaning between use. It is best to check before arrival in case they have been hired already or that the office does not have them.

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8. Is there a safety deposit box/safe available?

There won't be a safe or safety deposit box available for you and it is recommend that you do not bring or make alternate arrangements for expensive equipment. Passports etc are your own responsibility (but staff may have useful suggestions if you are unsure). If you have extra equipment/ luggage over 15kgs, it is recommend that you use storage such as those available at airports/ train and bus stations etc as there is not enough room in accommodation.

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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The good variety of projects and the nice volunteer accomodation

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Conservation Volunteers Australia2014-03-26

Alina Rumley - February 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great experience, made new awesome friends, and contributed to the conservation of nature.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting other volunteers.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

No

Conservation Volunteers Australia2012-02-24

Daniel Gunn - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Fantastic time with a great team in a beautiful setting!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(4/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Definitely the team spirit both during the working hours and outside of them. Met a great group of people who I hope to stay in touch with for long to come.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring insect repellent and good working clothes 2. Be prepared to move away from your starting point. I arrived in Sydney and the CVA office I was assigned to was in Newcastle, but I spent my two weeks up in Bellingen and Coff's Harbour 3. Enjoy yourself

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Conservation Volunteers Australia2011-07-04

Lauren Coker Gordon - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable! + really good fun, rewarding, educational, a catalyst for growing up and wanting to travel more

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(5/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with amazing volunteers and team leaders, meeting some really friendly people, visiting Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, Working in the bush - new and exciting territory for me.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Factor in the cost of doing extra trips in-country -Be savvy with the way you handle your money to avoid giving money to your bank for overseas transactions!!! -Book your trip as early as possible to reduce the cost of your trip

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Conservation Volunteers Australia2011-07-04

David Brown - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Brilliant experience, great activities in the big outdoors!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting local people, meeting other travellers from other countries, experienceing the climate and the wildlife, feeling that we were making a difference however small by giving our time to the projects.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared to be sent to different locations at short notice. Be enthusiastic and embrace the projects and learn from the team leaders and locals.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Conservation Volunteers Australia2011-07-04

Marie Weber-seban - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

grat way to discover a place, lot of fun.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

the very nice international volunteers team, the interesting explanations about the worthwileness of our work, the tours when we didn't work.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Conservation Volunteers Australia2011-07-04

Emily Blight - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

An absolutely worthwhile and unique experience that I will never regret doing!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(5/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Definitely my time spent on the project at Springbrook National Park, as the families involved locally were so welcoming and enthusiastic. They really made the trip what it was for me.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Definitely research the weather conditions of where you travel to, as some of the other members of the group really did not appreciate how cold it can get when you are camping, so didn't have any warm clothes. Also invest in a good quality camera, as my very dated camera was not up to the fantastic photo opportunities we found in places like Fraser Island! And make sure you mix with the group, as I had such a fantastic time mostly because I got on so well with the rest of the group.

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Conservation Volunteers Australia2011-07-04

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