Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers: Volunteer with Australian Wildlife

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About

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers is an Australian charity organisation specialising in volunteering projects for animal lovers and marine conservation offers a wide range of exclusive Australian animal welfare projects committed to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of Australian wildlife. Volunteer activities include bottle feeding animals, exercising wombats, collecting gum leaves for koalas and preparing the animals’ food, scrubbing sea turtles’ shells, cleaning enclosures, hand-rearing baby bats, assisting in animal rescues and emergency treatment, providing animal enrichments, building nesting boxes, undertaking environmental education activities, beach cleanups, marine surveys, reef monitoring and research assistance such as the GPS tracking of marine wildlife.

Animals requiring care include koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, turtles, flying foxes, bandicoots, wallaroos, lizards, snakes, echidnas and birds of prey plus many more!

Questions & Answers

Hi Thank you for enquiring about volunteering with O2E (Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers). We would be delighted to have you contribute to one of our projects, however there are some limitations when you are under 18. These are the projects we offer in Australia if you are under 18: Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation https://www.oceans2earth.org/animal-care-rehabilitation-pro…...

Hi Suzanne, Most of our projects require volunteers to be 18 or over, with a couple having an age requirement of 20 or 21. Our Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation project can be completed by under 18s if they have a legal guardian present who is over 18 as their responsible person. We can also take 17 year as independent travellers at our Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation project. They...

Reviews

9.21 Rating
based on 28 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 92.86%
  • 7-8 rating 0%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 3.57%
  • 1-2 rating 3.57%
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 8.5
  • Safety 9.4
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Shannen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wallaby, Kangaroo and Possum Care

I had an amazing time in the Wallaby, Kangaroo and Possum Care program out of Brisbane, QLD. I got lots of hands on time with the animals and learned so much. If you choose this program, go in with an open mind and a willingness to work and you'll get the most out of the experience. Brian and Lexie are wonderful and kind people and I had a great time staying with them. I would highly recommend this volunteer project to others.

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Ilse
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kangaloola Wildlife Shelter

I was a volunteer at Kangaloola for almost 4 weeks and I had an amazing time! In these 4 weeks I was surrounded by Australian animals and it was just amazing seeing how the animals live and behave. I loved cuddling with the kangaroos and feeding them. The people at the Shelter are just the best and they are very kind. I would definitely recomend this project to any oneindig who loves animals and who doesn't mind working hard!

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Chloe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

West Coast Wildlife

I loved my time at the Darling range, everybody was so friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable, which meant that when it came to my time to leave, I really felt as though I had learnt a lot. The support from the regular volunteers was great, I had a very hands on experience, I had a chance to try everything at least once and everybody made sure that we were involved. I would 100% recommend this project to anyone wanting a hands on, learning experience and I would definitely return! :)

What would you improve about this program?
A roster being put into place would assist new volunteers with knowing where they should be and what they are doing on their first few days at the project.
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rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation

I fell in love with Cairns and Fitzroy Island! You get to imagine what life on a paradise island would be like - it was an amazing opportunity to work so closely with the turtles at the rehab centre. This project gives you the chance to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Jenny is an amazing woman, she puts 110% into her work and she couldn't have made us feel more welcome. I will miss everything about this project including all the regular volunteers.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the price is a little too high.
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Jen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Home Away From Home

I cannot praise the Australian Forest Wildlife program enough! They are doing such amazing things to help animals and promote welfare for the incredible species that live in such a unique part of the world. This place felt like home as soon as I stepped through the gate. Glenda and Sarah are absolute super heroes and it was beyond a pleasure to get to know them and learn more about what they do. This hands on experience was one of the best things I've ever done. The hours are long and the work is hard, but it is also so much fun. I am definitely planning to return again.

What would you improve about this program?
Effective communication between the volunteers, the project, and Oceans2Earth could definitely use some improvement.
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A
4/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Australian Forest Wildlife

My experience with Oceans to Earth was unfortunately far from positive. I felt that the cost of the program was entirely too expensive, considering the accommodations and program provided. Although Oceans2Earth was very helpful in organizing our travels, the organization did not check-in upon our arrival, which seemed unprofessional in terms of safety. The manual provided beforehand concerning our specific rescue was inaccurate, outdated, and misleading. The manual was a misrepresentation of the site as a whole. The accommodations were minimal, which was to be expected, as the site was in in a rural area. However, these same accommodations were unsanitary, and in stark contrast to the cost paid for this trip. As a foreigner, traveling to a new country, those in charge of this facility were unwelcoming and ungrateful. Instead of being appreciative, they were critical and unprofessional. I highly recommend this project solely for those native to the area, for the staff did not look highly upon those traveling from other parts of the world. As for the rescue, showers were permitted every 3-4 days, water was extremely limited, and there was no separation between the rescue and the living facility. Animals were allowed in every area of the facility, including the kitchen. The refuge requires significant renovations, including the removal of carpet, window repair, and an overall deep clean. Personally, I was very surprised that Oceans2Earth promoted such a facility, especially one that was in such stark contrast with the facility pictured online. I was truly disappointed in my experience, and the amount of money I invested. The cost of this trip did not reflect the accommodations provided. I feel that Oceans2Earth needs to re-visit this site, and reevaluate their affiliation with this program.

Response from Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Oceans 2 Earth are sorry your experience was not as expected. In response to your review;
- Oceans 2 Earth do indeed have checks in place to ensure volunteers arrive safely.
- The accommodations are described as large cabins which are spacious, warm and clean.
- The cost of the project includes transfers, food, accommodation, the cost to train volunteers and funding to the project to help keep it running. The cost is $78 a day for a 2 week program which is what it takes to keep the volunteer program running. We are a not for profit organisation so all funds benefit the project.
- There is no restriction on volunteers taking showers.
- The photos online are actual photos of the shelter and its volunteers. They fully represent the project.
- As for your feeling unwelcome, I will be looking into this and I sincerely apologise.
We have never received any negative feedback from this project in 5 years. In fact our volunteers find it a magical experience spent working very close with the animals. This includes making them feel comfortable hence why they live amongst the people. All of the animals have injuries and psychological problems so their best interests are what are our concern.
This is a working shelter which is privately owned. The owners devote their lives to the animals and it is because of them that so many animals are saved. There is no other place in Australia that people can experience living and caring for these beautiful Australian animals. It is a privilege to spend time at this project. Unfortunately, I think there has been a ‘disconnect’ between what you have thought the experience to be. I am sorry you did not contact us while you were at the project so we could have discussed this further. We find if people are feeling the culture shock of being in the bush and speak to us about their challenges, we can offer support.

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful and informative

This project is a good mix for people, who love to do something good and combine it with free time/holiday at an amazing and beautiful place in this world. The work was half time and not too hard, but it needs to be done regularly. For me it was a quite new expeerience to deal with exotic animals, so I learned a lot and got into the ideals and motives of the centres work. The rest of the time is easy to spend in Cairns, because it is a city full of tourists (backpackers) and entertainment. The organisation of accomodation and transport was good and in 3 weeks I had no problems. I can really recommend this project, even for beginners like I have been.

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Jean
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gold Coast Hinterland - Heaven on Earth

From the moment you arrive at this wildlife rehabilitation centre, it is like a different world. Being up close to Australian wildlife was so amazing and I was given my own pademelon to look after once I arrived. She was my responsibility and I fed her and cleaned her enclosure throughout the day.
There was a lot of volunteers there and we had plenty of time to head to the Gold Coast for a night out. We saw whales out to see and ate a great meal overlooking the ocean.
There are bats there as well and they are just so cute. I helped look after them and they just hung in the trees around us. There were a lot of babies that had to be rescued from heat stroke and they will be cared for until they get released.
I really got outside my comfort zone but you're only 20 minutes from the beach so you aren't too far from reality. I even got my own cabin.
It was easy to stay positive with so many beautiful animals around me. I will miss my baby.

What would you improve about this program?
These people do amazing things for wildlife and I was privileged to see how many animals were released back into the wild. Their rehabilitation rate speaks for itself.