|VOLUNTEER WITH DOLPHINS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA||
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH WILD DOLPHINS! This fascinating and very worthwhile project give you high levels of personal satisfaction and you'll contribute to the well-being of dolphins, in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia! The sheer size, amazing natural wealth, awesome scenery and huge variety of plant and animal life make Australia an essential destination for anyone with a passion for nature and wildlife.
The Centre relies on the assistance of volunteers to advise visitors on the operations and ethos of the Centre, help manage the dolphin interaction program, actively participate in their research program and act as a guide. Staff members attend monthly meetings, as well as regular video and BBQ nights, which you'll be invited to attend. By volunteering, you will achieve a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you are assisting in a worthwhile project to increase public awareness about dolphins and other marine life.
This placement is definitely for animal loving enthusiasts who are willing to work hard and aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty - the rewards are well worth it! Whilst volunteering is rewarding in itself, time spent at a project such as this is an excellent springboard for traveling around Australia. Meeting other volunteers from around the world, and listening to their stories and recommendations can give you the confidence to travel and experience more.
This programme is located in the stunning south west coast in the third largest city in Western Australia. The city is small but a major commercial centre in Western Australia and acts as a hub to the local area about 2½ hrs drive south of Perth. Described as the real Australia. It is located on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the Indian Ocean, a bay and an inlet. A vibrant port city with a strong maritime history, the area is renowned for its quality lifestyle and unique blend of nature surrounds and top quality facilities.
The area other features include Western Australia's southern-most mangroves, rare basaltic rock and nearby Tuart Forest. A colourful "cappuccino strip" of sidewalk cafes and a variety of waterside dining options offer numerous opportunities to taste the wonders of the local produce. These cafes and the award-winning
REQUIREMENTS: You should
be a hands-on
person who loves
the outdoors. You
should be in good health and reasonably fit and able to work in a team.
be prepared for some hard physical work,
especially during the summer time when it can get extremely hot. You should be
willing to get stuck in and get your
hands dirty. Also flexible and be prepared
to move around the City and go wherever
You should also be fluent in English and enjoy talking to people. Very Important - you
will need to use your initiative and be very proactive, be patient and
determined. Like most conservation
work, there are spiders and snakes in some locations, so you should
reconsider this project if you have a fear of these. Lastly, self-reliance and independence
will help you make the most of
this wonderful opportunity!
You should be a hands-on person who loves the outdoors.
You should be in good health and reasonably fit and able to work in a team.
You should be prepared for some hard physical work, especially during the summer time when it can get extremely hot.
You should be willing to get stuck in and get your hands dirty.
Also flexible and be prepared to move around the City and go wherever you're needed.
You should also be fluent in English and enjoy talking to people.
Very Important - you will need to use your initiative and be very proactive, be patient and determined.
Like most conservation work, there are spiders and snakes in some locations, so you should reconsider this project if you have a fear of these.
Lastly, self-reliance and independence will help you make the most of this wonderful opportunity!
About The centre
DOLPHINS OF KOOMBANA BAY
"My major role was to pass on information to
the visitors about the dolphins and their environment and to ensure
every level of dolphin – human interaction was managed in a safe and
appropriate way. This was particularly important during the dolphin swim
tours where I was assigned the position of swim tour guide and was
responsible for the safety of all visitors while snorkelling with
dolphins out in the ocean.
You'll live in a backpackers conveniently located in the heart of the town. We team up with two different hostels that are very similar in the facilities they provide and in their excellent location that is close to everything! You'll have the beach, the City Centre and lots of other attractions all within two minutes walk and you’ll be able to explore the nearby forests, national parks, beautiful waterways, historic towns, many vineyards and the incredibly beautiful coast-line on your days off.
In the town there is a colourful street of sidewalk cafes called the "Cappuccino Strip" that buzzes all day. There are lots of sidewalk cafes and a variety of waterside dining options offer numerous opportunities to taste the wonders of the local produce. These cafes and the award-winning restaurants, as well as atmospheric historic pubs, ensure the town hums. There are also plenty of Entertainment Centres, Art Galleries and cinemas.Food: Not is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that a good guide would be a weekly budget of around AUD$70
You'll stay in a dorm room with access to many facilities in the Backpackers. There is a kitchen where you can cook and an excellent BBQ and outdoor area that is very popular. Other facilities that you'll have free use of include a pool table, table tennis, board games, sporting equipment and off-street parking. you'll also be given a unique Visitor's Guide and you'll have free access to tea and coffee.
There are fast-speed internet facilities at the Backpackers which you can use for a nominal charge, so you'll be able to keep up with emails with friends and family back home.
Got any questions? Please
|TRAVEL, VISAS, plus SUPPORT & BACKUP:|
You will fly into Perth airport (Perth is the capital city of Western Australia)
where you will be welcomed by our Australian Volunteer Liaison Officer or
another one of our staff. They will then transport you to a city backpackers
where you will stay for one night to give you time to catch your breath and
relax after your flight.
You will be met by us again the following day and given an orientation. After the orientation you will be taken to the Esplanade bus station, located in the Central Business District, where you will be transferred onto a South West coach. The drive down to the project location takes 2-3 hours, mostly along the coastal road and you'll be driving through some beautiful land- and seascapes. When you arrive, a staff member from the Backpackers will meet you at the bus station and take you back to the hostel.
You have the option to arrange your own flights or we can assist you with your flight arrangements. If you would like us to do this for you, we will liaise with you regarding available flights and dates to suit you. All arrangements for your flight bookings/payments will be fulfilled by Murray Rogers Travel Limited, ATOL No. 6856. Where possible, we arrange for two or more people to travel on the same flight and we will let you have the names and telephone numbers of other volunteers on your flight, so that you can chat to each other or even meet up before leaving for your placement.
Where possible, all flights we arrange for you have changeable return tickets because many of our volunteers choose to extend their stay once they are in their destination country. Changeable return tickets enable you to do so, within the limits of your visa and the level of your air ticket, of course. If you choose to book your own flights, you should endeavour to get a changeable ticket.
We can also arrange your flight dates to give you additional time at the end of your project for travelling around and sightseeing - this is a fascinating and wondrous country!
VISAS: We will liaise with you about specific requirements, if any, and make the Visa process very easy.
To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.
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