Animal rehabilitation project in Perth, Australia

“Work with injured and at-risk animals in a beautiful part of Australia, with training and accommodation included.”


Work in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia | Care for animals and birds | Carry out grounds maintenance | Office administration | Help with school visits | Live in a central lodge with other volunteers

Description of Animal rehabilitation project in Perth, Australia

One of the most biologically diverse places in the world, Australia has a wide variety of endemic species, many of which need our protection. On this animal rehabilitation project in Perth, you’ll get the chance to assist in caring for some of the region’s at-risk creatures, as well as work with plants and trees, with the aim of resorting and protecting the country’s natural heritage. You’ll work five days a week and your job will be challenging, but you’ll receive solid training. Plus you’ll be working on one of the most beautiful parts of the country, along with a group of likeminded volunteers.

Tasks will include:

1. Cleaning animal enclosures, hospital boxes and tanks.
2. Feeding the animals, and making sure they are receiving the correct meals.
3. Helping compile and maintain animal records.
4. Helping with animal captures, depending on the level of danger.
5. Monitoring the animals and carrying out surveys.
6. Gardening and other grounds maintenance.
7. Office administration
8. Working with school groups.

You’ll be housed in a lodge in Perth’s Central Business District, with access to kitchen facilities and a lounge. You’ll have a private bedroom but will share a bathroom with others.

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Departure information

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Project Background:
The Centre is a volunteer non-profit organisation set up in 1989 and is run by a registered CALM wildlife carer. In November 1998, land adjacent to the project was leased and developed to provide a natural setting for the treatment and rehabilitation of all types of animals, birds and reptiles, either brought to the centre or collected by a centre volunteer.

It is also an ideal location to release many of the animals when fully recovered. Many of the animals are injured while others are sick, distressed or exhausted (particularly big sea birds such as giant petrels blown off course by storms).

The aim of of the Centre is to rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wild life back into their natural environment as soon as possible. Unfortunately some of the animals cannot be returned to the wild because of their injuries. In these cases, they are given a safe home for life. Some of these animals also become foster parents to young injured animals.

The Centre is unfunded and relies on donations and a small core of dedicated volunteers. There is little funding available for the care of wildlife, but food and medication still has to be supplied. The Centre works in conjunction with local vets, rangers, CALM, RSPCA, and a University Vet School.

Travellers has worked with this Centre for over 15 years and in that time many of our volunteers have helped to make this an on-going and sustainable project.

As with all animal welfare projects, your work will depend on what is required at the time your project takes place.

By supporting this project, you’re influencing local community in many ways, such as, preserving their natural environment and the animals that live there, bringing income to the project enabling them to develop conservation efforts and ultimately education through cultural exchange. With the help of volunteers


We provide our volunteers with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact they have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation.

Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. For example, we kept a Species Survival Conservation project in South Africa afloat until completion after it was threatened by lack of funds. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

The Impacts of this Trip

The Centre is unfunded and relies on donations and a small core of dedicated volunteers. There is little funding available for the care of wildlife, but food and medication still has to be supplied. The Centre works in conjunction with local vets, rangers, CALM, the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and a University Vet School. Your involvement not only provides your physical help but investment in the project, the community and and the local economy.

Throughout their stay, volunteers are continuously learning about the animals and the environment in which they live. They leave armed with an immense knowledge of Australian wildlife and ecology, an appreciation and respect for conservation. You're given cultural advice before and on your arrival, affording you an understanding of Australian culture which will guide your interactions with local people and improve cultural awareness.

We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community.

Social Responsibility:

The information we provide prepares our volunteers for their placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs our volunteers on the Do’s and Don’ts and ensures that they are aware of the possible impact of their behaviour.

Cultural sensitivity:
Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility:

By living in the community, you’re providing much needed income and employment to the local population. You’ll be actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

The organisations we work with often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.
Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

Before our Volunteers depart on their projects, we provide them with comprehensive information about their project and country:
(1) A detailed Programme Guide to Volunteering which we’ve produced in-house.
(2) A detailed Country Factfile,
(3) A detailed Project Description Booklet specific to their Project.
(4) Safety Book: This book is produced by Travellers and has common-sense but necessary general safety tips while travelling, as well as safety advice relevant to your specific destination country.


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