Volunteer in Australia

Volunteer with IVI in Australia and help support local wildlife sanctuary's & homeless people. Experience the true blue 'fair dinkum' Australia with a laid back lifestyle and generous hospitality.

we need Volunteers in Australia

  • 13.2% of Australian's are living below the poverty line (thats over 3 million people).
  • Around 14% of people in Australia, are eating less food than they need due to a lack of money or other resources.
  • The number of wildlife handed to the RSPCA has dramatically increased over the past decade.
  • Many animals are significantly injured on roadsides, meaning they cannot then survive in the wild.


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Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Org & Charity with 30+ Years Experience
  • Authentic, Meaningful & Affordable Projects
  • Social Experiences - Sharing with International Volunteers
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
Australian zoo volunteering (2)

Volunteer in Australia

Australia is a HUGE country with so much to explore! From the tropical rainforests up North, the incredible surfing beaches on the Gold Coast, the big cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the stunning Outback or the vast National parks- theres something for everyone here!

Volunteer with IVI for authentic, affordable and life changing projects in Australia. We have over 30 years of experience as a charity and non profit org and are passionate about helping those less fortuanate than ourselves. 

Our programs focus on animal care, conservation, nutrition support for the poor and social services. Most placements are designed for volunteers with specific interests in a particular field of work. Our flexible short term and long term opportunities will help you gain credible work experience while enjoying the true blue ‘fair dinkum’ Ozzie culture and way of life.

What's included

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  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Arrival Airport Transfers
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Free coffee, tea & filtered water
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • Daily Transportation
  • In Country 24/7 Support
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Fundraising Support
  • University Credits Assistance

Volunteer Projects in Australia

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Assist in the care and maintenance of Australian mammals including crocodiles, cockatoos, parrots and other Australian native species in beautiful tropical North Queensland in a local zoo.

Location: Mossman, Australia
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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This beautiful park takes part in many breeding programs of some of the most endangered Australian native animals, releasing them into the wild to ensure the survival of these rare and beautiful animals.

Location: Newcastle, Australia
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A



Engage in the local community by working with our local team and various food banks in Sydney. You will assist us to provide food for over 100 homeless people.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A


30 Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.  We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.  

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

Volunteering in Australia can be the most cost effective way for gap year students and backpackers from all over the globe to experience this great country. From pristine surf beaches to hinterland mountains and outback deserts, IVI has options available to suit various needs and budgets.

Australia is a vast country, with a variety of different scenery. The Western side is much more quiet, with beautiful beaches, snorkelling and National Parks. The East side is popular with backpackers doing the trip from Melbourne to Cairns (or vice versa). And in the middle, you have the Outback, where you will find Uluru, formally known as Ayres Rock. Wherever you choose to explore in Australia, you are guaranteed to find adventure!

Australia is generally warm year rounnd in most places. Up North in Darwin you will find it’s always hot and humid and in the mountains in the South it will snow in winter, so always check the climate for whichever region you will be visiting.

Summer is from December to March and will be hot in most places. Winter is from June to August and can be warm or cool, depending which area you are in. Spring and Autumn can be the best months to travel due to the temperate climate. 

Australians are very friendly people and love being outdoors, active and enjoying the year round sunshine. It’s a very diverse country with many different cultures and backgrounds, such as Asian, British, Irish, Greek, African and of course the Indigenous groups. Australia holds some of the worlds first people.

Australians love a good drink and catch up with friends, as well as enjoying watching or playing sport! The outdoor lifestyle is evident here, with locals enjoying the beach, outdoor bars or the open parks and bushland. 

We offer volunteer programs in Queensland & New South Wales

Mossman, is situated in tropical North Queensland, the pretty town located at the bottom of the mountain regions. Neary is Mossman Gorge, a lush jungle trail leading to a waterfall, inside Daintree National Park.

Newcastle is around 161km north of Sydney and is a cool beachside town. It has an artsy vibe, with lots of museums and art galleries, as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants. It’s also got a gorgeous beach, with a stunning lookout. 

Sydney is home to the Sydney Opera House and bridge, 2 of Australia’s most iconic structures. There are also lots of beautiful beaches to explore close to the city. The harbour is a great destination to enjoy some food and drinks, whilst watching the sun go down. 

All accommodation is included during your volunteer program in most programs. Accommodation will be comfortable, clean and is single gender either twin or dorm style, with adequate bathroom and toilet facilities including running water.

Choose from either home stay or volunteer guest house depending on the program. Single supplements are provided at an extra charge.

3 meals are provided every day in most cases and volunteers are expected to help prepare meals and clean up.

The Australian volunteer programs are very autonomous and often you may be the only volunteer on site. Orientation generally involves between 1-3 days in which the host family or volunteer coordinator provides various local tours and/or an in depth orientation of the area and the likely day to day objectives as a volunteer.

Airport pick-up is generally included in the volunteering cost unless specified. This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary. These details will be finalised with you upon making a booking.

There is plenty to get up to in Australia. From a trip into the Outback, admiring Uluru, wandering around the big cities, going on a river crocodile cruise in Darwin, surfing, diving, snorkelling, trekking through the rainforest, relaxing on a beautiful beach, swimming with whale sharks on the west side, sipping on delicious coffee, hugging a koala, the list goes on!

Check out this amazing blog with step by step info on how to raise funds for your overseas volunteer experience to help maximize your impact abroad. Guide to Fundraising

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Review of Australian Wildlife Sanctuary Project

Highlights of the trip: All of it!! The Zoo was AMAZING and I loved my time there and can’t wait to go back! The zoo is well maintained, the standard of care for all the animals is first rate and Donna and Gill run an efficient ship to keep it all that way. I honestly can’t rave about it enough, …

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Australian Zoo Volunteering- Review by Sonja

Highlights of the trip: I really enjoyed my stay at the zoo because I learned a lot about Australian wildlife. You can tell that Donna and Gil are very animal-loving by the way they care about them and always try to feed and let them live species-appropriate. It’s hard to tell what I liked most about my stay because there …

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Australian Wildlife Sanctuary

Dear Lauren Here is my feedback on our trip. Thank you for helping us with our questions concerning our journey to Australia! We had a good time at the Zoo. Highlights of the trip: My highlight of the trip was seeing animals I have never seen before such as kangaroos, wombats and crocodiles at the zoo. We also went to …

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North QLD Wildlife Sanctuary Review

The best experience I have had since I’ve been in Australia. It took me a good week or so to get used to serenity and quietness of working at the zoo, but after that I can honestly say that as the weeks progressed the more enjoyment I took from the job. As has been outlined in previous reviews, the work …

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Daintree Wildlife Review

We spent six weeks with Gil and Donna, and we had a great time! Basically, everything that`s advertised on their profile is true: we worked from 7.30am til 1pm, with a breakfast at 9.30. And we never worked later than 1pm (sometimes we even finished earlier)! As a girl, I worked mainly with Donna. I spent the first 2hs feeding …

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