ISV - Volunteer Conservation Projects in Australia

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Video and Photos

Rappelling off the Blue Mountains
Lunch break with a view
Bellbunya world record broken to get 8 people in a canoe safely across the lake and back!
White water rafting on the Tully river through the Daintree Rainforest. 10/10.


Despite its spectacular rugged beauty, Australia has lost many of its iconic species over the past 200 years and has one of the highest mammal extinction rates in the world. Conservation initiatives are becoming increasingly important for this island nation, and through volunteering with International Student Volunteers (ISV) you can help to make a real difference to Australia’s unique and diverse environment while exploring a new culture.

Projects with ISV vary from working at a wildlife sanctuary, to assisting with scientific research or participating in outdoor education programs. Volunteer tasks involve planting native species, removing invasive weeds, tackling erosion, monitoring species and habitat enhancement. ISV's conservation volunteer projects in Australia are a must for anyone who wants to make a positive environmental difference. Visit their website to sign up for the experience of a lifetime in Australia today.

Questions & Answers

The project and adventure tour costed a little under $5000. However, you do have to purchase the international flight separately which was under $2000. It was pretty pricey but if it was all totally worth it. ISV gives really good tips about fundraising. My main suggestion is to start saving and fundraising very early!


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  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 9.6
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Yes, I recommend this program

2 weeks volunteer and 2 weeks adventure. A great well rounded program.

I really enjoyed this program overall. Volunteering really made me feel like I had earned the privilege of visiting a beautiful place. Between volunteering sessions they had a good combination of activities that were fun and interesting as well as an experience I probably wouldn't have thought to do on my own and free time to explore whatever aspects of the local community you choose. Our group had a wide variety of volunteer tasks related to conservation and that variety kept it interesting and allowed you to have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of conservation and the environment as well as experience different locations with in the host city. By the end of the two week volunteer session you feel apart of the city you are in and almost don't want to leave for the two jam packed two week adventure/travel tour...almost! :)

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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer in Australia

As a young girl I always wanted to travel, and i always knew there is more out there than my hometown and country. Growing up i got to learn about the different geographic places, the enviornmental problems that they face as well their distinct biodiversity of animal and plant species.
Australia, one of the most unique places, yet exotic and so very vulnerable; has been number one on my "bucket list". The tremendous beauty that it hold as well as its endemic species are truly spectacular. knowing about their fragile enviornment and the harsh conditions that their ecosystems are facing i volunteered to help.
I chose ISV because i had heard positive reviews and decided to travel with them- and i am glad i did!
I experienced Australia not like a tourist but more like a citizen. Working with the native animals gave me a joy that i always wondered about. Rain or sunshine- dawn to dusk, i realized it's not about me anymore as it is so much about the land and the animals.
During the first 2 weeks of volunteering not only i learned about the culture and the history of Australia, but i also learned so much about my own self. Volunteering changed me and opened my eyes to the real problems that some people face in their day to day basis.
During the second 2 weeks of traveling, i traveled with the group from Sydney all the way up to Cairns where the great barrier reef is located. Talk about one of the 7 wonders of the world!! And i did the things i only dreamed of: Snorkeling and Scuba diving in the great barrier reef; which actually made me cross off number 2 on my "bucket list"!!! :)
It doesn't matter whether you like to swim or not, you will see and do things you have never experienced before.

My experience with ISV is one i will never forget. I met some of the most amazing people, some who taught me a thing or two along the way and at last an amazing ISV staff who made it easy and safe for me personally. The staff made me feel so safe and they were there when i needed them or when anybody needed them really. With their help i never had any difficulties and all the moments were to cherish every second of the way.
This experience has got me cruising down memory lane very often and when this happens, all i do is smile and be thankful to have gone to class they day of ISV announcement in my classroom!!!