Conservation Volunteers Australia
2-6 weeks from £579
- 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
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!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Meals whilst on the project
- Accommodation whilst on the project
- Volunteer project for 5 days per week
- Detailed orientation
- CVA membership
- CVA wildlife book
- Nature Saturdays
- 24/7 emergency support
- Transfer to the CVA office
- Accommodation before and after programme
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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.
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!
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To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
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Your flight to Australia should arrive at the airport nearest airport to your project on your programme start date, please contact your travel advisor for further details. Your return flight should be arranged for the day after your programme end date.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
Please note: If you are flying to Australia via the USA you will need to obtain Travel Authorisation by registering online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no later than 72 hours before departure. This is compulsory and will cost USD$14 to register. To register, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
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Minimum age 18 years old, maximum decided on potential participant's health and fitness.
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.
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.
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.
Can I Travel After My Volunteering?
Yes. Your Tourist Visa is valid for 3 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where abouts will I be placed? You'll be based within a 100km radius of the your chosen city, the options available include: Victoria - Melbourne, Bendigo, Hamilton. New South Wales/ACT - Sydney, Canberra, Townsville. Queensland - Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville. Northern Territory - Darwin. South Australia - Adelaide. Western Australia - Perth. Tasmania - Hobart.
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