Top Volunteer Projects in Australia

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Dive volunteers diving with a turtle in the Great Barrier Reef
Dive volunteers diving with a turtle in the Great Barrier Reef
Dive volunteers diving with a turtle in the Great Barrier Reef
Dive volunteers diving with a turtle in the Great Barrier Reef
Dive volunteers conserving the Great Barrier Reef
Dive volunteers conserving the Great Barrier Reef
Male volunteer with kangaroos at a volunteer wildlife sanctuary in Australia
Male volunteer with kangaroos at a volunteer wildlife sanctuary in Australia
Female volunteer feeding kangaroos at a volunteer wildlife sanctuary in Australia
Female volunteer feeding kangaroos at a volunteer wildlife sanctuary in Australia
Koala at a wildlife sanctuary in Australia
Koala at a wildlife sanctuary in Australia

About

GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the community, wildlife and environment they visit. Join us " down under" for once-in-a-lifetime conservation projects on this exciting continent, including conserving wildlife and the Great Barrier Reef!

Highlights
  • Discover the "Down Under"!
  • Get up-close with koalas, kangaroos and other indigenous wildlife species
  • Ethical wildlife volunteer tasks and interactions
  • Become PADI Certified
  • Use your new dive skills to help protect the world;s largest coral reef

Popular Programs

Koala at a wildlife sanctuary volunteer program in Australia

Volunteer at Australia’s only Heritage Listed wildlife sanctuary! Within 170 acres of bushland, more than 200 different species of wildlife roam free and wild, and there are five acres of natural enclosures for the rescued, resident animals. Volunteers will prepare food, feed the animals and maintain the sanctuary and its fire breaks.

Two marine volunteer divers surveying the Great Barrier Reef

Dive into an exciting marine conservation opportunity! Become PADI Open Water certified and PADI Project AWARE Specialty certified and use your new skills to explore and collect data on the world's largest coral reef system. Volunteers also have the out-of-water opportunity to visit a turtle rehabilitation center.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

85%
based on 2 reviews
  • Impact 7.5
  • Support 7.5
  • Fun 7.5
  • Value 8.5
  • Safety 9
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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Never been diving

I arrived in Cairns not knowing what to expect but ended up spending 2 weeks with amazing people that will be my friends for life. I spent the first couple days learning how to dive in a classroom and pool with prodive. It was a really good learning environment and everyone easily understood all of the theory required for diving. After my 2 days in the classroom we went on our first dive boat trip (3 days out on the Great Barrier Reef) during this time I got certified as an open water PADI diver (other divers on the trip got more advanced certifications during this time if they already had their open water). I was able to get more comfortable diving by doing multiple free dives a day and even a night dive. The next day we went to Fitzroy Island to help out at a turtle rehabilitation centre and have free time on the island. The island was beautiful but expensive to do anything other than the hikes around the island (had to paid to hire stinger suits, snorkels etc. by the hour). Then we went back out on a dive boat for another 3 days of diving. This time we did our marine conversation part with eye on the reef. A dive master taught as how to take surveys of the coral and 10 minutes surveys of the marine life. We learned a lot about the coral and the marine life, we even were able to remove invasive snails off the coral. I had a great time and learned so much! Diving at the Great Barrier Reef project allows you to see many amazing marine life and learn a lot about the reef.

What would you improve about this program?
At Fitzroy Island I would change to ticket to one that includes food and hiring equipment instead of it being only transportation to the island. Or instead of buying the more expensive ticket the volunteers should be informed before hand that they should bring lunch/snacks otherwise they will have to paid for them and the food was not that great.
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Dominique
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great landing and intro to a different country's environment

Volunteering abroad was recommended to me, and I surely recommend it to others thinking of travelling overseas and looking for a good way to start in a new country. Having the program set up for when I arrived in Australia gave me direction and purpose in getting familiar with the new landscape and environment I was in. The organization gave me a good introduction, our accommodation and food were good, and the friends I have made on this project I still keep in contact with during my travels in Australia. Best of all, volunteering has given me the opportunity to travel in areas that I would most likely not be able to see from a tourist standpoint. Our group drove for a few hours outside of Melbourne into the lush rainforest for weeding, path clearing and tree planting. The work was strenuous but it felt good to be doing something productive. Our tour leader was very informative and educated us a lot on the vegetation and animals of the area. From then, I have gone on my way to continue travelling the rest of Australia on my own but it has given me a good starting point.