UPDATE: Are you looking for ways to help with the recent bushfires in Australia? Here are volunteer opportunities to help evacuees, firefighters, and wildlife recovery and conservation efforts:
- Volunteer in a variety of roles with the NSW Rural Fire Service
- Rebuild fences for bush fire survivors with BlazeAid
- Volunteer in a donation retail center with St. Vincent de Paul Society
- Volunteer to rehabilitate wildlife with Animal Experience International in Perth (4 weeks)
- Provide a service through GIVIT
- Become a volunteer rescuer and carer with WIRES in NSW
- Volunteer to host an evacuee with Find A Bed
- Volunteer with the Australian Red Cross
Australia, the only nation in the world that can also boast of being a continent, is a magnificent country. As a destination on the wishlist of many travelers, Australia is a sunny, beautiful place with a number of attractions, and you are sure to never get bored. Not only is Australia a beautiful nation to explore, but it also has a number of great volunteer opportunities for individuals who are looking to help.
Australia is known for its beautiful landscapes. However, these landscapes are in fact quite fragile and they provide a habitat for endangered flora and fauna. As a volunteer, you would be working on a wildlife research sanctuary, an outdoor education project, or scientific research.
One of Australia’s greatest tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is located in north east Australia, off the coast of Queensland. Unfortunately, there are many problems that have been affecting the native flora and fauna, and as a volunteer, you will be working to restore the habitat.
Work with Children
Australia has a number of refugees from various war torn countries like Somalia and Sudan. There are many Intensive English Centers in the nation where refugee students study. As a volunteer, you will be teaching these students and also coaching them in sports.
Planning Your Trip
Know Before You Go
Australia is a Western and English speaking country, so you may feel tempted to not prepare too much for your trip. You should however remember that Australia has a distinct culture and Australians certainly have a different style of speaking as compared to their counterparts in the US and UK. There are plenty of resources about life in Australia out there, like Rocky Travel so do a little research before you go!
How to Save Money While Volunteering
Australia is a western nation and thus isn’t a particularly cheap country, so if you’re on a tight budget, try not eating out too often and not shopping too much. Moreover, try to walk or use public transportation as much as possible instead of calling a taxi.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Australia
As a volunteer in Australia, you’re not required to be vaccinated for any diseases. However, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Influenza if you’re traveling from May to October. Also, because of the prevalence of mosquito borne illnesses, you are recommended to carry insect repellants with you.
Australia is a safe country and as a tourist and volunteer, there really isn’t anything you should worry about.
Where can I volunteer in Australia?
Volunteer programs can be found across Australia in big cities and their surroundings. The most popular places include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, and Adelaide.
Do volunteers get paid in Australia?
While it's possible to get paid for volunteering, what's more likely is that you will find organizations that offer non-financial benefits in exchange for your labor. For example, you could volunteer through WWOOF or Workaway, in which you will generally be provided with meals and accommodation in exchange for your help on a family farm or small business.