Koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies at the "Walkabout"!
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A two-week adventure "down under" to volunteer at the Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga Springs outside Sydney, Australia. Get hands-on with koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies, and all kinds of other Australian wildlife. Enjoy a fun tourist weekend in Sydney, explore aboriginal sites in the bush, and study "Australian Wildlife Handling, Conservation, and Care" with your veterinarian (DVM) trip leader in the classroom and with the animals.
Who It's For
The program is open to anyone age 18-25. Each group of up to 10 students will have its own US veterinarian and Australian Volunteer Coordinator. For the high school version of this program, please go here: Australia Veterinary Service: High School.
• Assist in treatment rounds with Australian wildlife
• Health check kangaroos and koalas
• Examine pythons and echidnas
• Handle and assess possums and bandicoots
• Walk an alpaca
• Create enrichments for everyone from dingos to cockatoos
• Perform veterinary labs such as marsupial necropsies
• Enjoy a fun weekend in Sydney
• Visit Taronga Zoo and Sydney Opera House
• See Itinerary here!
Dates open for applications
May 19 – June 4
**June 2 – June 18
**June 16 – July 2
**These program sessions can be combined with bonus weeks.
Note: There will be three groups of 10 available on each date. If you want to be in the same group as someone else who is enrolling, please let us know.
Dates indicate departure from and return to Los Angeles. Some flights depart early in the morning and may require students to arrive in Los Angeles the night before. Loop Abroad reserves the right to cancel any program at any time; in case of such cancellation by Loop Abroad, all payments will be returned in full.
Three weeks sound better than two? Add a Bonus Week!
Want a whole month of veterinary service? Add a two-week program!
Our Australian program is a full adventure on its own, but it can also be combined with any of our Thailand two-week programs back-to-back. Get up close and personal with Asian elephants! Combine two programs for an automatic 10% discount on your tuition, but you will need to pay for additional airfare.
Regular tuition is $3,950 for the two-week program, all-inclusive less airfare. Loop Abroad alumni automatically get a $500 discount, for a tuition of $3,450. There is a 10% tuition discount for combining this program with another 2-week program. Airfare is not included. Group flights will be booked from Los Angeles, departing Saturday and returning Monday (subject to one-day change). No early enrollment discount or additional financial aid is available. Interest-free payment plans are available. Your space is not held until your $1,000 deposit (credited toward tuition) is paid. Tuition is all-inclusive less airfare. Tuition does not include medical insurance (the policy we suggest is under $25), passport, visa (required for US citizens – can be obtained online for approximately $15US), snacks and souvenirs.
Please note that the packing list requires particular clothing including canvas or cotton work pants, hiking boots, and certain colors of shirts, which would need to be purchased before travel. We will limit necessary items to only those required for safe animal interaction and for representing Walkabout in your role as an animal-handling staff with animal-enclosure access. Airfare is estimated at $1,600. You will have support staff at the Los Angeles airport for departure and at the Sydney airport on arrival, but may not have a staff member on the plane with you. Travel off the group itinerary must be approved by Loop Abroad and carries fees. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before booking travel off the group itinerary.
Hours and Credit
Loop Abroad will support you in pursuing college credit for this course through your school. We can assign you a final exam or paper if one is required in order for you to get credit. Participants will earn 80 veterinary hours. You will receive a certificate for 80 service hours upon program completion.
Groups and Staff
Groups will have a maximum of 10 students each, with a total of 2 to 3 groups on the property at a time. Your group will have its own veterinarian and you may learn from other Loop veterinarians or Australian veterinarians as well.
Housing and Meals
We will live at Walkabout for the duration of the program (except our weekend in Sydney). Students will be in rooms of 2-6 students each separated by gender, with shared bathrooms. Breakfast and Lunch are self-serve and include options such as cereal, toast, salads, and sandwiches. Dinners are prepared in one option each day (with a vegetarian alternative) and may include pizza, vegetable stir fry with chicken (or tofu), or hamburgers (or veggie burgers) and fries. Snacks and drinks are provided, but additional drinks and snacks (chips, chocolate, soda) are available for purchase. No alcohol is permitted at Walkabout's facility. We can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, other dietary restrictions, or food allergies.