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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

A rewarding opportunity to volunteer at a fascinating Wildlife Rehabilitation centre that provides medical care and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife throughout the whole of Perth.

You'll assist in taking care of a variety of different mammals, reptiles and birds that need help, as well as working with plants and trees, habitat restoration and heritage protection. like wallabys, possoms, kangaroos, lizards, tortoises, snakes and a range of different birds, such as cockatoos and swallows and many more!

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 3 weeks to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Programs begin every Thursday, therefore you should plan to arrive in Perth on a Thursday. Inductions take place on the Friday, you then have the weekend free to explore Perth, ready to start working at the Project on Monday.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Accommodation
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Pick-up from and return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you), daily transport to and from your project, food.
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation, animal welfare and animal care.

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PROJECT CONTENT

The type of work is very varied, depending on the time of year. You'll gain a lot of practical experience and you'll learn a tremendous amount. You may also get involved in the many different education and training programs that are open to the public. The range of activities you may undertake includes:

  • Caring for the animals and birds, including cleaning enclosures and cages.
  • Preparing food and water for the animals.
  • Filling the duck and swan pond.
  • Checking the animal diet board to ensure that the sick or injured animals are receiving the meals that have been specified for them.
  • Animal welfare: the Centre has the policy that the welbeing of the animals, not the people, comes first! The Centre admits native animals that are in desperate need of help, so you should be prepared for the fact that some of these injured or sick animals may die.
  • Cleaning the hospital boxes and tanks.
  • Surveys and monitoring
  • Ground maintenance: This includes tasks such as: checking the upkeep of the animal enclosures; checking the hoses and fixing them if required; checking the various pieces of equipment and reporting which need replacing or repairing, in order to ensure things are kept to the best standard possible
  • Gardening and Laundry
  • You may also be able to assist with the various school groups that come to the Centre on educational outings. They usually have at least one group a week.

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. You must be prepared for some hard physical work, especially during the summer time when it can get extremely hot.
  • You must be willing to get stuck in and get your hands dirty.
  • Also flexible and be prepared to move around the City and be willing to go wherever you're needed.
  • 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!

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ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. You'll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You'll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is an Internet Lounge in the accommodation with lots of facilities:
* Computers with web cams and headsets (3 in total at time of writing)
* 24hr self-service Wi-Fi /internet ($1 for 10min - $10 for 6 hrs.’)
* Free Library area with books
* FREE Netflix, Stan, Pandora and Youtube on Smart TV.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities! You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city centre is packed with great shopping, restaurants and pubs or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.

FOOD:

Food 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$80-100.

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REVIEWS

Cameron Symons (Canadian): "I feel that I have gained a lot of info on the culture of Australia from all the variety of volunteers working there and lots of important information on animal care. I love all the animals that are so different from home as well as all the colourful and friendly people I have met so far.

I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone interesting in animal care or exploring Australia. Perth has a lot to offer. I think that this placement would mostly benefit someone looking to enter the animal care field but, being someone who has no plans for that in the future it was still very interesting and fun for anyone who loves animals and it willing to do some hard work."

Brigida Quinlan (Canadian): "Working at the Centre was an entirely positive experience. This is because the work is quite fulfilling. At the end of each day I left feeling happy about the work that was done for the birds and other animals since they were much better off there then being left in the wild to fend for themselves. The amount of time and care that is dedicated to these animals is amazing, the volunteers there are very passionate about their work and make sure that everything is done properly. ...

It was an amazing experience for me. I learned so much and will take so much away from it. All the people involved were amazing to work with. Our first day in Perth we made contact with Annette who was very helpful and gave us lots of good info on Perth and places to check out. She brought us to the induction at the Centre and we were made to feel welcome there.

Catherine Bowler (British): "Working at the Wildlife Centre has been a great experience for me. A highlight of working at the wildlife rehabilitation centre was going to the schools on educational visits. This involved learning about a specific animal thoroughly and then talking to the children about it, showing them the animals and answering their questions.

I also found it very rewarding to be able to release an animal because you know that you contributed to rehabilitating it and have seen its condition improve such a lot from when it was brought in.

I feel I gained valuable knowledge about Australian animals, their behaviour, diet, anatomy, handling and treatment of ailments. This is something I am really interested in and would not have been able to experience in such a hands on way without doing this kind of voluntary work."

MORE INFORMATION

Perth was built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate.

Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!' Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history.

weekends there are lots of markets, alfresco style cafes and other outdoor types of entertainment to explore and discover.

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