Program Details

  • Program Type: Volunteer
  • Location: Australia
  • Starting Price: EUR 650.00

In an Australian national park, volunteers work with qualified teams for turtle rehabilitation

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The Rehabilitation Centre treats injured and sick marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. Animals are brought in suffering from disease, starvation and/or injuries caused by boats, discarded fishing gear or ingested plastic that is mistaken for food. Many of the turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from 'floaters disease'. 

Volunteers and donations from local businesses have kept the centre running.More than 170 sick and injured animals have been brought in for treatment over the past 10 years. Founded in 2000, the centre receives no funding from Government as the rehabilitation of sick and injured animals does not currently come under any conservation or environmental initiative.

The project includes 4 nights' accommodation on a one of a kind 1936 pearling ship moored off the coast of a stunning Great Barrier Reef island. The boat has been lovingly restored and now operates as a marine ecology research and sale training schooner. Volunteers will be hosted by a renowned marine biologist and can use this unique opportunity to learn and experience firsthand this endangered natural wonder; the Great Barrier Reef.

Volunteers make a huge difference to this project. Since the centre first started over 10 years ago the success rate in rehabilitating sick and injured animals and returning them to the ocean has improved to more than 85%, from 20-30%.

Volunteers contribute by assisting staff in

  • Rehabilitating sick and injured turtles
  • Providing assistance where required or requested, to rescue turtles in distress
  • Helping to promote humane and sustainable practices through co-operation and education initiatives
  • Cleaning turtle tanks
  • Feeding rescued turtles
  • Reef monitoring
  • Beach clean-ups

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What’s included?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Booklet
  • Project orientation
  • Training Field equipment and materials
  • Daily transfers to the project
  • Four nights' accommodation on a one of a kind 1936 pearling ship moored off the coast of a stunning Great Barrier Reef island
  • Accommodation for the rest of the project time in Cairns (unless not required)
  • Breakfast (with Cairns accommodation included only)
  • Breakfast and dinner during four nights' stay on ship
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Transfers from Cairns airport to central Cairns
  • Lunch
  • Dinner (included during four night ship stay)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Visas and entry permits

A volunteer application must comprise of the following information :

 Volunteer’s name 

 Nationality 

 Date of Birth 

 Gender 

 Dietary requirements 

 Allergies 

 Profession 

 Project Name 

 Country 

 Proposed start date 

 Length of stay 

 Accommodation option, if relevant 

 Name of travelling companions, if any 

 Details of second project booked, if any 

 Relevant medical information/ Pre-existing medical conditions 

 Disabilities, if any 

 Specific skills, if applicable 

 Any other relevant information 

Payment & Cancellation

a) The Participant may cancel a placement at any time providing that the cancellation is made in writing. 

b) The following cancellation charges will apply as shown below. 

Where written notification of the cancellation is received: 

I. On or before 28 days prior to the start date of the placement: deposit is withheld 

II. Less than 28 days prior to the start date of the placement: 100% of the project cost is withheld. 

Where written notification of the cancellation is not received resulting in failure to commence the project: 

III. 100% of the project cost is withheld. 

Our NGO in Australia is run by volunteers themselves. With recognized organizationsa nd field professionals, it works for environment conservation, animal care and community developpment. Aussie_specialist.png

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