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SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA

ANIMAL CARE AND CONSERVATION IN A SANCTUARY IN SYDNEY

This worthwhile project offers your group the opportunity to assist at an Australian wildlife sanctuary, working alongside the sanctuary team. You'll play an active role in preserving and increasing populations of rare and endangered Australian animals and plants.

The Wildlife Park Sanctuary is located at Calga, a suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, near Gosford, which is its nearest main town. It is roughly 40 miles / 70 Km from Sydney.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • Price for Groups of under 10 people:
    £995 per person for 1 week.
    Price for Groups of over 10 people:
    £1,075 per person for 1 week. Includes 1 FREE place for the Teacher or Group Leader.
    Excludes flights.
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  • Duration: 1 week.
  • Start Dates: Projects start every Monday throughout the year - you choose your start and finish dates.
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17, unless accompanied by parent, guardian or teacher.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Accommodation
    Food
    Transfer to the placement site
    Return Transfer to the local train station
    Local in-country team support and backup
    24-hr emergency support
    Certificate of Completion
  • What's Not Included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer from the train station in Sydney to the airport.
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PROGRAM WORK CONTENT:

You and your group will help the rangers on the project to care for the animals (some are in camps and others free-ranging), manage the 80 acres of natural bush that is their home, and maintain the paths and fences that protect them.

Volunteers will be able to get up close and personal with the wildlife that roams happily through the 80 acres/32 hectares of feral predator-proofed bush. The entire project area is protected by 3km of carefully engineered fox-proof fence.

The free-ranging animals include kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, possums and other marsupial mammals, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, various bird species from emus to lorikeets, and industrious insects.

A wide range of Australian animals are facing extinction and the sanctuary is working hard with some of these animal species. They are housed in enclosures, either because they are predators, like the Tasmanian Devil and the Dingo, or because they need additional care.

Some of the animals are in controlled breeding and population recovery programs, like the endangered bilby, flying fox, koala and wombat. Others are rescued animals that had been injured or orphaned and have an ongoing disability or dependence that prevents them from being able to survive in the wild. These animals cannot be rehabilitated and released and are therefore housed in as natural an environment as their circumstances allow. However, they do play an important role in conservation education programs.

The sanctuary gets calls from locals regarding injured animals and they go out to rescue them and bring the back to the Sanctuary, but you won't go out on these rescues because experience is needed, so this activity doesn't form part of your volunteering program.

Examples of the Work you'll be Helping With:

• Assisting the rangers with their daily animal care tasks as they look after the more than 60 species of Australian native animals plus a small selection of introduced species that form an important part of sanctuary education programs.
• Repairs and maintenance of animal facilities.
• Planting eucalyptus trees to provide a long-term food supply for the koalas and native grasses for kangaroos and wallabies.
• Sanctuary conservation efforts.
• Building and repairing barriers and tracks that control visitor access to environmentally sensitive areas.
• Bush clean-up to manage the natural build-up of branches and leaf litter.
• Maintaining the 3km fox-proof fence that keeps the animals safe.
• Making interpretive signage for the ancient Aboriginal sites so visitors can understand their significance.
• Assisting in the gift shop and visitor information centre so that visitors will keep visiting and supporting sanctuary with their funding.

APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES:

• Airport Pickup in Sydney
• Introduction and Induction in Sydney (3 nights)
• Accommodation in Sydney (4-6 per room). All accommodation is located in the heart of Sydney. Breakfast & Dinner will be served at the accommodation.
• Breakfast/ Dinner in Sydney
• Program as per itinerary (for the week's Itinerary, please see the "ITINERARIES" tab.
• Transfer to the Campsite (Rural Australia), where your accommodation will be 4-6 per room
• Conservation work duties for the rest of the week • Transfer to the train station at Gosford for your return to Sydney

3-Day Introduction includes:

  • Sydney City Walking Tour: Walking is the best way to see a good deal of the main attractions in Sydney.
  • Walking across the harbour bridge with picnic in the park, perfect opportunity to discover the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and meet plenty of new friends at the same time.
  • Visit to Sydney University Campus: Take a tour of The University of Sydney (commonly referred to as Sydney University, Sydney Uni, USyd, or Sydney). Founded in 1850, it is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of its most prestigious, ranked as the 27th most reputable university in the world.
  • Cultural Session with Do's & Dont's and an introduction to Australian lifestyle and culture.

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Sunday
    Orientation Day - Sydney City
    Arrive in Sydney between 8am and 5pm where participants will be met by our representative and then taken to the Sydney Central YHA. Lunch (depending on the time they arrive) and dinner will be provided.
  • Day 2: Monday
    Orientation Day - Sydney City

    Participants will met by our coordinator at 9.00 am in the foyer of the Sydney Central YHA for their orientation induction and information session. Information will be given about their stay in Sydney, paper work will be completed, house rules will be explained and tips about local culture will be provided, etc.
    Participants will then head off for a fun-filled orientation day in Sydney, returning to the YHA by 5pm.
    Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm, and dinner time will be at each participant’s own discretion.
  • Day 3: Tuesday
    Orientation Day - Sydney City
    Participants will meet our coordinator at 9am in the foyer of the Sydney Central YHA and head off for another fun-filled orientation day in Sydney, returning to the YHA by 4pm.
    Participants will then attend an information session about Walkabout Park.
    Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm, and dinner time will be at each participant’s own discretion.
  • Day 4: Wednesday
    Departure for Wild Animal Sanctuary - Calga (arrive same day)
    8.00 am - Breakfast at YHA
    10.00 am - Depart for Calga (by scenic train ride)
    1.00 pm – Lunch is ‘self-serve’.
    3.00 pm - Induction to program
    6.00 pm – Dinner is served. For participants with dietary requirements for medical or cultural reasons, these must be advised at time of booking so that alternative meals can be provided. For applicants who merely have a preference or dislike for certain foods, it cannot be guaranteed that these preferences will be accommodated but a reasonable attempt will be made to do so.
  • Day 5: Thursday
    8 am - Breakfast. Participants make their own breakfast (and wash up their own breakfast dishes) from the well-stocked stores in the accommodation pantry, with a choice from a variety of foods such as cereals, breads, spreads, yoghurts, fruit, fruit juice and other breakfast items.
    9 am to 11 am - The workday begins with a briefing on the day ahead. Tasks change from day to day.
    11.00 am - 12.00 pm – Brunch (an early Lunch) is ‘self-serve’ from the pantry stores that will be replenished as needed.
    12.00 pm - 2.00 pm - Continue with the program
    2.00 pm – Finish the program for the day
    6.00 pm – Dinner is served.
  • Day 6: Friday
    Same as Thursday.
  • Day 7: Saturday
    Your program finishes on the Friday evening. On Saturday you'll be taken to the train station at Gosford using our bus service. The cost of the train ticket return to Sydney is included in the price of your programme. Once back in Sydney, it's your responsibility to get from the train station back to the airport.
  • Note: The schedule can be change depend on the weather and local conditions. We are also able to amend elements in order to ensure the programme meets your requirements.

ACCOMMODATION

From arrival day (Sunday) participants will normally stay in comfortable dorm-style accommodation at the Sydney Central YHA for three nights (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday). On Wednesday participants will take a scenic train ride to Gosford where they will be picked up by shuttle and driven to sanctuary for the remainder of the program.

The accommodation at sanctuary is basic but comfortable. The dorm style accommodation sleeps 10 people. Hot potable showers are just a few paces from the main building, with the wonderful expectation that there might be a bandicoot or bettong digging for its dinner along the path.

The accommodation includes a relaxing communal lounge with Wi-Fi, TV, DVD’s and board games for those who prefer to unwind indoors.

Dinner, which will be local Australian cuisine and vegetarian dishes (dietary requirements must be declared so we can accommodate)

5 minute breaks will be provided throughout the day with rest and rehydration being necessary.

An Australian breakfast selection of food will be provided but volunteers will make this themselves

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Australia and the wonderful Australian culture!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping conservation efforts in Australia and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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PROJECT OBJECTIVES

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you'll be welcomed by a member of the team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.

Our projects in Australia are worthwhile and lots of fun, and you're sure to have a wonderful time during your stay - your adventure has begun :-)