Volunteer Overseas in Australia

Volunteer Programs Australia

Rich in natural resources, Australia is a major exporter of agricultural products, particularly wheat and wool, minerals such as iron-ore and gold, and energy in the forms of liquefied natural gas and coal. Protection of the environment however is still a major political issue, and despite the Governments ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in 2007, Australia's carbon dioxide emissions per capita are among the highest in the world, lower than those of only a handful other industrialised nations. A ‘carbon tax’ was introduced in 2012 and helped to reduce Australia's emissions but was scrapped in 2014. Since the carbon tax was repealed, emissions have again continued to rise.

Despite being known as ‘the lucky country’, rural areas of this great nation still experience similar challenges to that of developing nations. Precious resources like water are scarce and infrastructure for delivery of utilities such as electricity are limited or non-existent. Shockingly, when it comes to animal welfare and environmental protection though, Australia is not so lucky, and shares the same issues facing many developing nations. These include:

  • Ineffective laws regarding protection of habitat and the environment (logging, mining, commercial fishing, seaside ports, ocean dredging)
  • Ineffective or unenforced laws protecting wildlife
  • Sluggish action with regards to closing down factories and intensive farming facilities where cruelty occurs
  • Limited financial support from State and Federal Governments to conservation and protection agencies
  • Cruel practices condoned by State and Federal Governments (Live export trade, sow stalls, caged battery hens, killing of male calves in dairy farming, killing of roosters in egg farming, hormone fed chickens and other cruel farming practices)
  • Legal culling of many species (camels, wild horses, koalas, pigs, feral cats, wild dogs, rabbits, cane toads and kangaroos)
  • Governments refusal to pass bills in Parliament necessary to protect native flora and fauna
  • Deliberate cruelty towards animals
  • Keeping wildlife as illegal pets
  • Indifference about animals resulting in harm

Thankfully social media is playing a major role in exposing inhumane practices towards animals in Australia, and changing attitudes are slowly bringing about change. Unfortunately, the current Government refuses to acknowledge that climate change is occurring and openly states that current practices regarding animal welfare are satisfactory.

Thus, despite being one of the wealthiest economies in the world, there is still much work to be done in the protection and conservation fields, and Love Volunteers is committed to supporting our wonderful partners in this courageous endeavour. People looking to volunteer in Australia with Love Volunteers can discover some truly iconic environmentally focused volunteer programs. 

Programs

3 programs
  • Cairns, Australia
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 1789
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef is a bucket-list item for many - combine this with marine conservation activities and you have a volunteering program like no other! This amazing Learn to Dive program allows budding marine conservation volunteers to learn the skill through a well-renowned dive operator while also participating in a credible…

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  • Cairns, Australia
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 959
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This turtle conservation program plays an essential role in protecting and preserving the amazing sea turtle. Located on stunning Fitzroy Island, a 45 minute fast-ferry ride from Cairns, the Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre Love Volunteer’s supports treats injured and sick marine turtles who have been brought in from the Great Barrier…

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  • Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia
  • from 2 weeks
  • Guest House
  • from USD 929
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included

This heart-warming wildlife rescue program’s aim is to rescue some of the thousands of precious Australian indigenous animals who are forced from their natural habitat, injured, orphaned or become sick thanks to increasing interaction with humans or domestic pets. Located in picturesque Stanley State Forest in the state of Victoria, this…

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