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."
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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