Volunteer in Australia

Volunteer with IVI in Australia and help support local wildlife sanctuary's in need of assistance in daily operations. Experience the true blue 'fair dinkum' Australia in Tropical North Queensland where the climate is hot, the lifestyle is laid back and the hospitality is generous.

About Australia

Our programs focus on animal care, conservation, farming, history, education 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.

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.

Location of Volunteer Programs

We offer volunteer programs in Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

Accommodation & Meals

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 volunteer working week is generally Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with weekends free to relax and explore your local surrounds. .

24/7 Program Support

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our local ground operator program coordinators, they will provide you with competent assistance and help with anything that you may need. Additionally, the IVI head office exists within Australia providing additional support where necessary 24/7.


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 hose 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 Transfers

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 finalized with you upon making a booking.

Volunteer Requirements & Expectations

You are welcome to come with a group, with a friend, with family or own your own. If you are coming on your own don’t worry you will make lots of great friends! Generally, volunteers must be 18 years of age, however we can cater to as young as 16 years old depending on the application There is no upper age limit. Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular with many mature guests, some of retirement age looking to give back to developing communities.

Our programs are designed for proactive individuals with a mindset of supporting the less fortunate and/or gaining specialists skills. The more you put in, the more you will get out.

Weekends & Extra Tours

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency.


GoGetFunding is a Crowd funding site which offers a simple and professional online fundraising solution to help fund a portion of your trip or even a donation toward your chosen project. Simply create a fundraising page to share your story via social media platforms such as facebook & twitter.

Some of our past volunteers have raised over $2000+! Why not give it a try? If you use the above link, our logo will be displayed in your profile to help us share our message through your social network community.

Australia Volunteer Fees

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer from Mossman (Make own way from Cairns)
  • 7 nights accommodation p/week – Volunteer Center (single or twin share rooms)
  • 3 Meals per day (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner)
  • Bicycle for duration of stay (10 min bike ride to beach)
  • Transportation into Mossman town if needed
  • Volunteer discount rates on tours and attractions (heaps of local advise)
  • Use of necessary equipment and project materials
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Transportation from Cairns to Mossman (Bus costs approx AUD $50 return)
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
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