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Volunteer in Australia with IVHQ

Volunteer in Australia

Volunteer in Cairns, 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 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 112,000 volunteers across on our volunteer projects worldwide. Read more about our Great Barrier Reef conservation volunteer work below.

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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
  • Program fee includes island transfers, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Affordable program fees from $1010 for 1 week

Volunteer opportunities in Australia

Marine Conservation in Australia
Marine Conservation Volunteer in Australia with IVHQ
Conserves the environment
4-6 hours volunteering per day
Active volunteer experience
Help to conserve the incredible Great Barrier Reef, spending time in the water and collecting data for oceanographic organizations.
Suited to:
Independent travelers Spring break Gap year Nature lovers Active volunteers Solo volunteers

Marine Conservation in

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the more remarkable marine ecosystems in the world, but is sadly suffering from the effects of climate change. Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project in Australia can help to address these challenges and join a variety of important conservation efforts.

Marine Conservation volunteering in Australia with IVHQ

You’ll volunteer in collaboration with a number of oceanographic organizations to gather data and support the protection of the Great Barrier Reef through a range of initiatives, including:

  • Reef Monitoring - You’ll be snorkeling to observe and collect data on the species living around the Great Barrier Reef. Volunteers get training for in-water surveying techniques during your program orientation, so you don’t need any prior experience. A full-length lycra suit will be supplied, but you’ll need to bring your own snorkel and waterproof watch.
  • Marine Debris Collection and Research - Marine debris represents a significant threat to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and is having a devastating impact on marine life. As a volunteer, you’ll be assisting with marine debris data collection and mapping. This data will then be categorized and shared with conservationists to assist with their research. You’ll be shown how to undertake marine debris data collection in your orientation.
  • Sea Turtle Rehabilitation (for volunteers staying for 2-4 weeks) - To support sea turtle conservation efforts, you will be trained to care for sick and injured sea turtles, giving you the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of each turtle’s specific case and rehabilitation requirements. You can help to prepare food, feed the turtles and clean the facilities, filters and tanks.

Volunteers aren’t required to have any specialized experience, as you’ll receive comprehensive training to prepare for carrying out research-based activities at sea. Please note that you need to be competent in the ocean, able to float and swim at least 50 meters. Please be sure to rate your swimming ability and confidence level in the ocean when you apply to volunteer in Australia. All volunteers will be tested upon arrival to the program.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $1,010 for 1 week
  • Help with conservation efforts in and around the Great Barrier Reef
  • Assist as a data collector for a range of oceanographic {% tt terms.organizations %}
  • Monitor reefs, collate data on marine debris and help to rehabilitate sick and injured turtles
  • Volunteering for up to 6 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Australia at a glance
  • Based in the coastal city of Cairns, near the Great Barrier Reef
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily breakfast and lunch, and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer hostel
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Australia each month
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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 organization 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, organizations 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 travelers 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
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Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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