INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital is a not-for-profit facility, and not only do we treat sick and injured koalas, but we are also involved in conservation, education and research into koala diseases and habitat. Over the last few years scientific research and collaboration with research institutions, government agencies and wildlife organisations has grown, and we have become an authoritative body in the care and rehabilitation of koalas. The profile of the Koala Hospital is becoming increasingly more renowned and widespread and we can offer an amazing International Volunteer program.
Our International Experience program runs for a period of one calendar month, and the content is designed to give overseas volunteers a well-rounded experience in the work of the Koala Hospital.
If you are selected as a volunteer you can expect to:
- be trained in caring for koalas
- attend koala rescues and releases, if they occur on your shift
- watch and/or assist with some clinical procedures
- attend a postmortem (optional)
- attend one of our external educational presentations
- experience work on our 2 plantations
- learn about the overall work of the Koala Hospital
What we will also do for you is to:
- provide the resources for you to learn about the hospital and koalas
- help you with accommodation information
- meet you at the airport/bus station when you arrive in Port Macquarie
- provide you with an information pack
- provide a buddy/go to person for any information or help you may need during your placement
- provide information about visa requirements
- provide insurance cover for you while working at the Koala Hospital
- provide you with a Koala Hospital polo shirt
- make your placement with us informative and enjoyable
The cost of this program is Aud$650. If you are selected to participate in the International Experience Program, 50% of the fee will be payable when your application is accepted as and when you are accepted.
NOTE: DUE TO THE PUBLICITY THAT THE KOALA HOSPITAL HAS RECEIVED BECAUSE OF THE RECENT BUSHFIRES, WE HAVE BEEN INUNDATED WITH REQUESTS TO VOLUNTEER FROM AROUND THE WORLD. AS A RESULT, THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE PROGRAM IS NOW BOOKED OUT UNTIL EARLY 2022 SO WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT ANY MORE APPLICATIONS FOR THE TIME BEING. HOWEVER, WATCH THIS SPACE AS WE WILL BE UPDATING INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND ADVISING WHEN WE CAN ACCEPT MORE APPLICATIONS.