Daniela Gabler (Australian):
"I love that I meet so many different people from so many countries all over the world. It's really interesting to get to know them and find out that even though we are from different cultures we often have the same plans and thoughts about life.
Seeing wild Dolphins so close almost everyday is something completely special and it makes me really happy every time. Also, I just love how nice and caring both staff and the other Volunteers at the Dolphin Centre are. It's a lot of fun and you learn a lot from them about marine animals."
Keira Rowsome (British):
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me arrange my project in Perth. I had such an amazing time and left with an unforgettable experience ... I'm already planning my return to Australia after I finish University! Thank you again!"
Emma Fletcher (British):
"Working with dolphins was a great experience, once in a life time opportunity and I’m so glad I chose to do it! I have learned so much and created so many memories and friends I will keep forever. You meet really great people who help you to feel right at home. It really helped to boost my confidence and gave me great experience for the future.
I want to become a Marine Biologist and this project helped confirm to myself that this is definitely what I want to do!"
TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL ARRANGEMENTS:
Unless you've made different arrangements, you'll fly into Perth airport (Perth is the capital city of Western Australia) and make your way from the airport to a city backpackers which we have pre-booked for you. There you'll stay for one night to give you time to catch your breath and relax after your flight.
The following day you'll be met by our Australia Manager 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 your 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.
PROJECT LOCATION - SOUTH WEST COAST: This programme is located in the stunning south west coast in Bunbury, 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 lies 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, and top quality facilities.
The area's other features include 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. The award-winning restaurants and historic pubs ensure the atmosphere hums! The city is surrounded by forests, national parks, waterways, historic towns and hundreds of vineyards, not to mention the incredible coast-line.
CLIMATE: The area has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters. Rainfall is during winter but the weather is rather pleasant for the rest of the year. In summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum temperature of 14°C. In winter (June to August), it's 19°C with an average minimum of 9°C.
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