We don't have a gift registry. Instead, we are humbly asking for your support in a trip to Australia with a volunteer ocean conservation program (https://www.volunteerhq.org/). We are grateful for any contribution you can make - we won't be able to get there without your help!
Breakdown of cost estimates:
- Transportation $2500
- Program fees (incudes accommodations) $4000
- Total: $6500
Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project in Australia have the opportunity to join a variety of important conservation efforts focused on the protection of Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.
When volunteering in Australia, you will work in collaboration with a number of oceanographic organizations to gather vital raw data and support the protection of the Great Barrier Reef through a range of initiatives, including:
- Reef Monitoring - This portion of the Marine Conservation project involves snorkeling within an assigned area to collect data on the species living in the Great Barrier Reef. You do not require any previous reef surveying experience to participate, as you will be trained in the methodology of in-water surveying during your program orientation.
- 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 will be assisting with marine debris data collection and mapping. This data will then be categorized and shared with university and conservation groups to assist with their research objectives.
- Sea Turtle Rehabilitation (For volunteers staying for 2-4 weeks) - To support sea turtle conservation efforts, you will be trained to assist with the care of sick and injured sea turtles during the rehabilitation process. You will also have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of each turtle’s specific case and rehabilitation requirements. Your tasks may include cleaning filters and tanks, preparing food and feeding turtles. Other activities may include assisting with the upkeep of the center’s facilities.