AUSTRALIA WILDFIRE UPDATE: No direct impact from fires to the program itinerary or locations we visit. Students will visit the Wildlife Hospital during their workshops at Australia Zoo, and support wildlife rehabilitation at WRREA, a grassroots organization that cares for native wildlife. Rustic Pathways Foundation is raising money for WRREA as part of its response to the wildfires.
For additional Australia program updates and a Q&A session with Rustic Pathways’ Australia Country Director, Sam Murray, RSVP here.
Channel your passion for wildlife during this program designed for animal lovers interested in zoology, ecology, conservation, or veterinary science. After orientation, help prepare food and enrichment for amazing wildlife, watch keepers present guest talks, and assist with interactive animal enclosures. Volunteer alongside keepers perform a variety of tasks like gardening, mulching, pond scrubbing, raking, and poop scooping—it’s all part of the experience! Meet some of the majestic creatures that call Australia home and return home knowing what it’s really like to care for wildlife at a zoo.
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide for this program.
A small backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
- Photocopy of passport
- Wallet and money (USD or AUD)
- Book and/or journal
- iPod or MP3 player
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Travel power adaptor
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
- Arrival instructions for Brisbane
One medium-size duffle bag or wheeled bag is ideal for this program.
- Socks (8)
- Underwear (10)
- Pants/capris (2)
- Jeans (2)
- Long service shorts (2)
- Shorts (3)
- Tank Tops (4)
- T-shirts (6)
- Sweater/fleece (2)
- Bath towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Sneakers/running shoes (1)
- Work gloves
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Contacts and solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Deodorant (no aerosols)
- Wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Razor/shaving cream
- Travel Pillow
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- Musical instrument (guitar etc)
Items Provided By Rustic Pathways in Australia
- Linen at base house
- Other activity-specific equipment
During your time at Australia Zoo you will get to be primarily outdoors and on the days you are involved with keeper related activities, you will be involved in a variety of different hands on and physical activities.
Due to the working conditions & operational requirements, it will be important that you wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the 2 days that you are gaining experience with our keeping crew!
The following is an overview of clothing required:
Pants/Shorts – Either shorts or pants will be suitable for these days (skirts and dresses are not). Denim, jeans and legging styles are not suitable. It is recommended that you wear more durable and comfortable fabrics in a looser fit, such as cargos, chinos or standard cuts. All items of clothes worn during these two days should also be neutral tones, such as beige, grey, brown or black.
Closed-toed shoes – Make sure you bring comfortable, neutral colored shoes, as you will be walking and traveling through the zoo on a constant basis. It is not recommended that you wear your favorite or valuable shoes either, after all we are a zoo and there is a possibility they may come in contact with dirt, mud and yes – poo!
Jewelry /Accessories – Due to workplace health and safety we ask you keep jewelry to a minimum during your days assisting keeping departments. A watch, one pair of earring (small stud or sleeper style) and medical bracelets are permitted. Necklaces, facial piercings, rings, dress bracelets and large earrings are not suitable. We also recommend not wearing anything of significant value, as there is always a chance it may get dirty, broken or lost.
Mobile Phones – While mobile phones are now integral to our daily lives, they will not be permitted on the days you are assisting the keeping departments.