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Eco-Education Volunteer Groups

4 Night Residential Program

Combine Eco-Education and Volunteering with Overnight Bush Adventures

Ideal for groups who want to experience Australia and Connect with Country, living and working in the bush with friendly Australian wildlife.

OVERVIEW

The program includes broad categories and times (morning, afternoon, evening) so you can engage in the activities in some depth. Each activity is an opportunity to explore Aboriginal connection with country (land, wildlife, bush, water, other mobs, the seasons and sky) and how and why this worked for so many thousands of years, and how this living culture is being re-awakened and reclaimed.

KNOWLEDGE SOURCES

Members of the Walkabout Park team have been taught by local Aboriginal elders, and given permission to share this knowledge with you. The importance of knowledge ownership is a key premise that your ranger will explore with you. You will look across various concepts from a contemporary anthropological perspective to better understand their relevance today.

ABORIGINAL ELDERS

The program includes a visit by an Aboriginal knowledge-holder, usually on the last night, but the timing would depend on their availability. Depending on who the elder is, they might do a Smoking Ceremony, or teach dance, or show how to paint up with ochre, or play the didgeridoo, or some combination of these.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Can be adjusted to suit arrival and departure times, and your group's special interests

Day 1 

ARRIVE before lunch

afternoon

Welcome & Orientation Activities: Walkabout Tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary

1st night

Cultural Activities: Sunset Aboriginal Sites Walk

Day 2 

Animal Activities: Live a day in the life of the Rangers

afternoon

Animal Activities: Live a day in the life of the Rangers

2nd night

Wildlife Activities: Wildlife Spotlighting

Day 3 

Eco-conservation Activities: Work Project

afternoon

Cultural Activities: Boomerangs, Aboriginal Tools, Bush tucker & Bush medicine

3rd night

Free evening: Opportunity to explore the sanctuary by moonlight

Day 4 

Eco-conservation Activities: Work Project

afternoon

Cultural Activities: Emu feather weaving, Boomerang painting, Didgeridoo & Clap-sticks, Yarn about cultural concepts

4th night

Final Night: Campfire under the Aboriginal Sky, Stories of the Dreaming

Day 5

DEPART after breakfast

ROLES & RESPONSIBILTIES

Walkabout Park will

  1. Provide clear instructions and work with the participants to ensure everyone understands these
  2. Provide a ranger to lead program activities
  3. Explain all house and activity rules
  4. Explain how to appropriately dress for work and activities
  5. Provide support and advice, and resolve day-to-day issues that may arise
  6. Get approval from Group Leader if participants request services that incur additional cost

The Leader of your Group will

  1. Ensure participants have full travel insurance
  2. Ensure participants know they must have one small suitcase or backpack [see IMPORTANT: SUITCASES]
  3. Ensure participants arrive with everything they need for their program [see PACKING LIST]
  4. Ensure participants are ready on time for work and activities
  5. Deal with any situations where participants persist in not following house and safety rules
  6. Be available to assist with any issues arising throughout the program
  7. Arrange for payment for additional services supplied by Walkabout Park
  8. At least 1 week prior to arrival, give Walkabout Park a list of each participant’s name, age, sex, status (student or leader), special diet requirements, health problems and allergies

PACKING LIST

IMPORTANT: SUITCASES

  • All gear for the program must be packed in one SMALL suitcase or backpack (maximum size “aeroplane cabin luggage” size)
  • LARGE suitcases will be stored in a separate building and will not be accessible during program

Bring with you

  • 1 small suitcase or backpack containing all gear for the program [see IMPORTANT: SUITCASES]
  • 1 pair boots – work boots or waterproof hiking boots (comfortable walking shoes are NOT sufficient)
  • 4 pairs socks – thick hiking socks at least calf length (NOT thin cotton ankle length socks)
  • 2 pairs long pants – full length, heavy cotton or canvas, loose fitting (NOT stretch leggings, NOT shorts)
  • 4 shirts – short or long sleeved but must be full coverage (must cover shoulders, stomach, back and chest when reaching up or bending down)
  • 1 warm jacket – light weight and easy to work in, recommend fleece
  • personal medical supplies and toiletries
  • mobile phone and charger

Either bring with you, or purchase at gift shop

  • hat or cap – participants accept that hats or caps MUST be worn
  • raincoat or rain poncho – must cover down to mid thigh, or pull on rain pants with a shorter jacket
  • water bottle – 1 litre or bigger
  • insect repellent – strength 40% Deet or higher (lower strengths do not work against Australian insects)
  • sunscreen – 30+ protection or higher
  • flashlight and (for campers) interior tent lights – most students use their mobile phone lights
  • international power adapter plug for use in Australia

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION

Large share house nestled inside the wildlife sanctuary.
Communal kitchen, large lounge, veranda overlooking the bush.
7 spacious rooms of varying sizes with double bunks sleeping from 2 to 9 people in each.
Showers and toilets.
Additional outdoor ablutions block for larger groups.

MEALS

What IS included

  • Day 1: Lunch, Dinner, Refreshments
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Refreshments
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Refreshments
  • Day 4: Breakfast

Participant duties

  • Set table for meals
  • Help to clean common areas (kitchen, lounge room, veranda)
  • Empty bins

SAMPLE MENUS & PANTRY STOCKS

What IS included

  • Refreshments: Noodles, Fruit, Fruit cordial, Tea, Coffee, Milk
  • Breakfast: e.g. Cereal, Bread/Toast, Cheese, Yoghurt
  • Lunch: e.g. Wraps / Pizza / Savoury Pies / Sandwiches / Sausage Sizzle
  • Dinner: e.g. Beef, Roo Burgers / Spaghetti Bolognese / Chicken Wings or Ribs, Vegetable bake / Lasagne, Salad / Rice Stir Fry
  • Vegetarian options for all meals if advised prior
  • Peanut-free house if advised prior

What’s NOT included

  • Snacks and treats (available to purchase from gift shop)

Optional extras

  • Other diet requests such as vegan and gluten free (see 'Extras' below)

ROOM SERVICING

What IS included

  • Towels / Shower mats changed daily
  • Bedding (sheet, duvet, pillow)
  • Extra blankets on request

What’s NOT included

  • Participants do their own laundry, optional use of  coin operated machines (see 'Extras' below), or free hand washing
  • Participants empty their own room bins, and wipe down shower and hand basin after each use

TRANSPORT

What IS included

  • Transport is not included

Optional extras

  • Trips to Gosford or Erina Shopping Centre subject to availability (see 'Extras' below)

SAFETY & MEDICAL

What IS included

  • First Aid kit
  • Safety goggles, work gloves, tools

What’s NOT included

  • Medical treatment and medications (paracetamol and ibuprofen available for purchase at gift shop)

INTERNET

What IS included

  • Internet for Social Media and other basic internet services e.g. email and web search lookups

What’s NOT included

  • Bandwidth for large data downloads e.g. movies, videos (internet may slow down or go offline)

Alcohol policy

No alcohol is allowed on this program.

 


Eco-Volunteer Groups Overnight ~ Pricing

2018 Rates for Standard Program

$6,600 for up to 10 participants

$660 per additional participant

Up to 35 participants

Extras

Rates for Extras

Gluten-free and Vegan diets

$66 per person

Coin operated clothes washing and drying machines

$4 per wash / $4 per dry

Driving services (subject to availability)

$35 each way within Gosford area

Purchases approved by Group Leader

At cost +$35/part hour travel/shopping time

Cost for any Damages (Group Leader invited to inspect damages)

At cost +$35/part hour travel/shopping time

Booking and payment policy

Bookings are essential, and may be made by email () or telephone (02) 4375 1100. Full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation policy & Terms & Conditions

100% Cancellation fee applies on all bookings. For late arrivals or last minute bookings please contact (02) 4375 1100. A current credit card plus photo ID must be produced on check in.

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