Australia Wildlife Sanctuary - Kangaroo Island
2-3 weeks from $1,763
- Help protect one of Australia’s wildlife hotspots
- Safeguard Kangaroo Island’s flora by conserving its trees and plants
- Make a direct contribution to the island’s economy
- Stay in fantastic, pristine bushland
- Work with wallabies, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and koalas
- Learn about the endangered animals of Australia
Get involved with vital conservation work at a stunning wildlife sanctuary in Australia. Located on beautiful Kangaroo Island, this wildlife sanctuary is home to dozens of iconic Aussie species, including wallabies, kangaroos, pigmy possums, echidnas, koalas and possums. You’ll help out around the sanctuary, monitoring wildlife, maintaining the public areas, and welcoming visitors. You’ll also learn important conservation concepts and skills, and put them into practice during this incredible wildlife experience! Plus, in your free time, you can explore the island and soak up the Aussie sunshine. Perfect!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
What to expect at the project
Once you have arrived at the sanctuary, you will be given a detailed orientation and tour by the programme coordinator. This is a great opportunity to ask questions. Topics covered will include;
- An introduction to the sanctuary
- Health and safety briefing
- Workplace ethics
- Meals and accommodation
- An introduction to the area
- What you can do in your free time
Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of the sanctuary staff and coordinator. They will provide you with assistance and help you with any questions or advice you need during your stay. In addition, you are also able to contact our staff 24 hours a day should you need to.
All volunteers are picked up in the morning from the main town of Kingscote or KI airport by the project staff and transferred to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
As a volunteer, you will work various hours, weather and temperature permitting, five days a week, doing all sort of different duties depending on the priority at the time, so it's essential you go with a flexible attitude.
- Transfer from Kingscote to the sanctuary
- Volunteer project
- Food for you to prepare your own meals
- Certificate of Achievement
- Volunteer t-shirt
- 24/7 emergency support
- All flights
- Return transport from Adelaide to Kingscote
- Travel insurance. Please ensure it covers volunteering including manual labour.
- Attraction fees
Volunteers are housed in the Farmhouse in shared accommodation which includes a large kitchen, lounge, dining area and games room. Volunteers will stay in single-sex shared bedrooms and there are two bathrooms in the house. There are plenty of DVDs, books and magazines to entertain you (dvd player has a USB option should you want to bring your own). There is also a wood fire for cooler evenings. Full linen is supplied during your stay. There is WiFi at the nearby Visitor Centre, which you can use when it's available.
Food provisions will be provided weekly and there is a fully-equipped kitchen in your quarters for preparing breakfast. Lunch and dinner are usually prepared by the cook in the sanctuary café. You and your fellow volunteers will work as a team (sharing any preparation, cooking and clean-up responsibilities).
Your flight to Australia should arrive at Adelaide Airport at least the day before your programme start date, and your return flight should be arranged for the day after your programme end date. This is to give you time to get a ferry or flight from Adelaide to Kingscote. The transfer to and from Kingscote to the project is only available on your start and end date between strict times of 10:30am and 2:30pm. More details on how to book flights and travel which coincides with these times will be provided once you have booked.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
Please note: If you are flying to Australia via the USA you will need to obtain Travel Authorisation by registering online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no later than 72 hours before departure. This is compulsory and will cost USD$14 to register. To register, please visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
The minimum age for this programme is 20 years (some exceptions allowed, please contact us for details), maximum decided on potential participants' health.
Visitors to Australia for tourism purposes will need to obtain a tourist or visitor visa before travel.
What Visa Do I Need?
If you are just visiting Australia as a tourist you will need to apply for the 3 month e-visitor visa. If you are planning to work whilst you are out there after your programme you will need to apply for the 12 month Working Holiday Visa.
I Have Certain Dietary Requirements, Will This Be A Problem?
Not at all! Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Just let us know in advance so that we can let our in-country coordinator know, as the nearest supermarket is 100km away! Please note that snacks are not included on the weekly food shop, so you will need to have sufficient funds if you require luxuries like chocolate!
Will I Have My Own Room?
You will stay in a shared room with up to four people of the same gender
Is There Internet Access At The Project?
There is limited Internet which you may use to check your emails.
How Much Hands-on Work Can I Get Involved With The Animals?
The sanctuary is not a zoo. The animals are wild therefore you should not expect to handle them. The focus of this project is on conservation work to help protect them and their habitat.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
No, all bedding will be provided for you.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
No, a mosquito net is not necessary for this project.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
There is a safe in the office where you can leave anything valuable.
Is There Anything That You Recommend Taking That Would Be Useful?
It would be great if you could bring a torch and some warm clothes with you as you will be on an island and it experiences all weathers and it can be quite cool at night. Hiking boots are an obvious choice.