Help the animals
There’s nothing more rewarding than helping injured, abused or abandoned animals. The RSPCA is always on the hunt for volunteers. Some of the tasks may include feeding animals, walking dogs, cleaning pens or gardening to keep the facilities looking neat and tidy. Contact your local RSPCA to see where you can help out.
Become a Conservation Volunteer
Conservation Volunteers is Australia’s leading practical conservation organisation. Since 1982, Conservation Volunteers has fulfilled its mission to attract and manage a force of volunteers in practical conservation projects for the betterment of the Australian environment. Get involved with the Wild Futures program. Wild Futures focuses on conservation work in key locations -- places that are critical for the survival of some of our most threatened wildlife, such as the red-tailed black cockatoo. Hands-on tasks may include removing pine wildlings from important habitats, replanting and fencing food trees or installing “tree collars” around nesting trees. You don’t need any prior skills, just a reasonable level of health and fitness and a love for the outdoors and the environment.
Words can’t even explain how challenging, fun and rewarding being a camp counsellor can be. You’ll form lifelong bonds with staff and campers and get to participate and help kids who normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to horseride, rock climb, try archery, kayak and swim. People Outdoors runs camping programs for people with disabilities aged six to adulthood.
Be a clown doctor
Imagine being a child in the hospital, away from the comfort of your home and all that is familiar and feeling sad, anxious, frightened, lonely or in pain. This is where Clown Doctors can help. They treat children in the hospital with medicine of a different kind... doses of fun and laughter! You can help tickle even more funny bones by fundraising for them. Set up a sports tournament or a good old-fashioned Aussie barbie.
Adopt a granny or grandpa
Elderly people in aged homes can get lonely. With busy families who live abroad, they can often feel they’ve been shoved in a care facility and forgotten. Whether it’s just a walk around the outdoor yard or a cup of tea in the sunshine, just a five-minute visit can be the highlight of their week. Contact your local retirement home and talk to the nursing manager on duty. They’ll be able to point you in the direction of someone who will appreciate your time.
Head to the zoo
Crikey, what could be more fun than volunteering at Australia Zoo in little ol’ Beerwah in Queensland? Continuing Steve Irwin’s dream wouldn’t be possible without Australia Zoo’s volunteers. While you may not be jumping crocs or lounging with tigers, you will get to hang out with other interesting animals. Volunteers help out with lots of different tasks, including:
- Making sure enclosures are in tip-top condition by sweeping, hosing, raking, cleaning windows and, of course, poop patrol
- Preparing the gourmet meals for the animals
- Making toys for the inquisitive residents
- Helping guests to find the best seat in the house in the 5000-seat Crocoseum stadium and taking cute farm animals for their daily exercise.