WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?
Volunteers must be able to work as part of a team. The koalas we work with are wild koalas and therefore cannot be picked up, handled and treated like captive born koalas. The work is not difficult but requires some skills that is part of volunteer training. Volunteers must also understand that as these koalas are patients in hospital they are likely to see some unpleasant scenes at times – it’s all part of working with sick, injured and orphaned koalas.
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
Local volunteers can work on a roster basis for however long they wish. International volunteers work for a one month period. Work experience students usually come for a block of one to two weeks (Australian). Any international volunteers who wish to use their experience with us as part of their chosen career (such as wildlife veterinarians etc) are placed in the international volunteer programme. The international volunteer programme is so popular it is booked out usually around one year ahead. There is a $100 non refundable booking fee to book a month – the I.V. must find their own accommodation, transport and food.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?
No qualifications are required other than a love of animals and a willingness to work hard in a team. All training is done by the staff.
WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
They MUST be able to both speak and read English fluently. We will not accept anyone with poor English speaking ability. We consider that it can be a safety issue if someone cannot understand what we are trying to tell them.
HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?
There is an excellent airport at Port Macquarie, plus there are daily coaches coming into the town. At Wauchope some 20 minutes away there is an excellent rail service from the major cities of Brisbane and Sydney. Passengers then arrive in Port Macquarie by bus.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER?
Click HERE (international volunteers) to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with KOALA HOSPITAL.
Click HERE (local volunteers) to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with KOALA HOSPITAL.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
We do not supply accommodation or meals. We do supply tea and coffee and usually something nice for morning tea.
WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?
Being a Koala Hospital we naturally have lots of wild koalas on the premises!!! We also take in any other wildlife that the public may bring to us. These animals/birds are treated and then sent onto other wildlife carers for rehabilitation. Volunteers are likely to see snakes, lizards, lots of various bird species, kangaroo and wallaby joeys, ringtail and Brushtail possums and other species of native fauna. The grounds of the Koala Hospital are home to many species of bird particularly a number of parrot species.
WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?
The area has magnificent beaches and river systems. Lots of bushwalking, kayaking, swimming, surfing, camping, arts and craft, markets etc. For those who like night life, there are many first class restaurants, a few night clubs and clubs for the older folk.
We are the only wildlife hospital in the world totally dedicated to the care of wild koalas. We are the first establishment of its kind in this country. The Koala Hospital has been in operation since 1973 and is known all over the world and has been the focus of many documentaries and magazine articles. The last big documentary for us has been the National Geographic documentary “Koala Hospital” which was rated the Number One Wildlife documentary in the World in December 2011.
For more information on the KOALA HOSPITAL, please visit www.koalahospital.org.au
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