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Volunteer in Australia with IVHQ

Volunteer in Australia

Volunteer in Australia with International Volunteer HQ and join a unique Great Barrier Reef marine conservation volunteer project and help support the protection of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, the world’s largest coral reef. Great Barrier Reef Volunteers are based in Cairns,Queensland with conservation volunteer work taking place on two islands, located 45 minutes from the Port of Cairns. IVHQ offers safe, responsible and affordable volunteer opportunities in Australia and we are proud to have hosted over 115,000 volunteers across on our volunteer projects worldwide. Read more about our Great Barrier Reef conservation volunteer work below.

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Volunteering in Australia: At a glance

  • Volunteer work in Australia is available year-round
  • Join a unique Marine Conservation volunteer project focused on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem
  • Live alongside other volunteers in Cairns - the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Coral reef surveying and marine data collection training is provided to volunteers in Australia
  • Affordable program fees from US$1010 (approximately AU$1443) for 1 week
  • Program fee includes island transfers, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Volunteer opportunities in Australia

Conserves the environment

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1443

  • Duration: 1 - 2 weeks
  • Programs start the first Monday of the month
  • Based at the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef
  • Volunteers aged 17+

Help to conserve the incredible Great Barrier Reef, spending time in the water and collecting data for oceanographic organisations.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Australia to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Australia will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Australia with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!