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Animal Volunteering Projects in Australia: Learn More About Australian Animals
13th May 2016

Volunteering in Australia

While it is always good to volunteer at local animal rescue and care centres, volunteering abroad in countries like Australia can help broaden your view of the importance of wildlife and the value of people working together to save it. Joining an animal volunteering project in Australia can also be your chance to learn more about Australian animals and travel abroad. If you are thinking of volunteering in Australia, be sure to sign up with a not for profit volunteer recruitment organisation that is based there.

A reputable animal volunteer recruitment organisation has access to ethical rescue shelters, carers, and hospitals that look after displaced and rescued wildlife. However, you need to be careful when exploring your options. There aren’t a lot of opportunities to volunteer with animals in Australia, and many recruitment agencies aren’t even based there, so be sure to choose an Australian-based organisation, and take steps to ensure that they have the safety, health, and welfare of the animals and the environment in mind.

Choose a not for profit volunteer recruitment organisation that it is owned, run and managed by committed volunteers who know the organisations inside out. Then you can be sure that you are volunteering at a project that supports the best interests of the environment and the animals in mind. Imagine getting up close with Australian animals including koalas, sea turtles, wallabies and wallaroos? Some projects give you the opportunity to personally care for these kinds of animals, feeding them and maintaining their enclosures to ensure that they are living in comfortable conditions until they are ready to go back into the wild. There aren’t many opportunities to do this in the world!

A good volunteer recruitment organisation in Australia links nature and animal lovers from around the world with a network of sustainable, conscientious, and ethical not for profit organisations concerned with the care, rehabilitation, release, and rescue of Australian animals. Why not join a project? You could benefit from an animal volunteering projects in Australia as you accompany your holiday with a unique travel experience while making a great contribution to criteria-assessed animal conservation and welfare projects.

Written by Tracy Leske (Director, Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers)

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