• Australia
    • Perth
4 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Guesthouse Hostel


Starting Price
Price Details
4 weeks: $2095 Canadian
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals SIM cards Transportation Visa
Feb 14, 2024
Oct 04, 2017
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About Program

This is an opportunity of a lifetime - working with native Australian wildlife in a quiet bushland setting, surrounded by gorgeous National Park.

The main focus of this wildlife centre is a commitment to the protection and welfare of native wildlife. Sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife receive medical treatment in the newly built wildlife hospital, and are then rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild. Patients include Echidnas, Bobtails, Quendas, Red Kangaroos and birds such as the Tawny Frogmouth and Lorikeet. Orphaned babies, such as Bandicoots and Possums, receive specialized care in the nurseries.

The education is second to non at this centre. Our volunteers help to spread the word of conservation throughout the city and the world!

Be part of the solution while you participate in feeding, cleaning, enrichment of these animals. Oh...and live in a cabin in the wild of Australia!

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Program Highlights

  • Hands on work with Australian wildlife.
  • Work all year around from orphaned care in the summer to captive breeding support in the winter.
  • Feeding, cleaning and enrichment of animals during all shifts of the day.
  • Live independently in a cabin in the back of the centre- in the out back!
  • Choose your schedule to maximise your adventure time in Australia.

Program Impact

This is the perfect opportunity to fully immerse yourself in wildlife rehabilitation. You will be able to learn from the experienced staff and volunteers at the wildlife centre and develop your wildlife rehabilitation skills. There will be opportunities to work with many species of native Australian wildlife and gain experience caring for avian species. You will learn the natural history of the animals, their nutritional needs and how to care for the wild patients throughout their rehabilitation. You will be able to assist with medical care as appropriate, and handle animals when it is safe to do so, based on your skill level and experience. While they ask you to commit to seven volunteer shifts a week, you can participate as much as you would like. Opting in is the best way to get the most out of your experience!

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Program Reviews

4.67 Rating
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  • Impact 4.7
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.7
  • Value 4.35
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Western Australia Wildlife Rehab

Animal Experience International is such an amazing organization who helped me make my dream of going to Australia come true! Nora and Heather are extremely easy to get in contact with and are always there to help in any way! The application process was easy and once accepted it gets even easier! They worked to make sure that my trip was everything I expected it to be! I cannot thank them enough for making what I thought was going to be a hard process extremely easy! Can't wait to plan my next trip with AEI!!

What would you improve about this program?
It is amazing, couldn't be any better!
97 people found this review helpful.
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Australian Wildlife Rehabiliation

I visited Kanyana Rehab Center through the organization Animal Experience International. I had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this trip and organization to anyone looking to work with animals overseas. Although this program is geared toward vet students, it can be beneficial to anyone looking to work with animals. I have an MA in animal behavior and was hoping to test out my ability to apply enrichment and behavioral psychology to a rehab settings. Through AEI I was able to travel abroad, get work experience, and work with exotic animals. I was even able to see my own ideas be put into practice. Because working with animals abroad is so popular, there are lot of scams and non welfare friendly vacation options out there. AEI is 100% reputable and I would recommend it to anyone looking to increase their work experience (and life experience). AEI is very professional and will take care of you every step of the way!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

I am so glad that I went to a lunch talk at the OVC hosted by AEI, otherwise I never would have found out about this amazing organization or been able to plan my trip to Australia in January 2016! Both Heather and Nora were amazingly helpful in helping me plan my trip to work at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the local veterinary clinic, and tailor it to the needs of a final year veterinary student. I had an amazing time and got to work with so many incredible people and animals. Thanks AEI!!!

What would you improve about this program?
There really isn't much to change! I think perhaps the biggest challenge for volunteers is figuring out how to get around and do some sight seeing, so perhaps more pre-trip support in that area would be nice (it really wasn't difficult to hop on the train and go exploring!)
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Questions & Answers

You just need a regular tourist visa. Since you are a tourist who is not getting paid to work, you don't need anything other that a regular tourist visa or electronic travel authority.