Australia

Sydney, Australia

Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability

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Information for term Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Feb 13, 2021 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2021 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Dates: Mar 29 – May 8, 2021 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Mar 27, 2021 (12 weeks)
$9,700

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – May 8, 2021 (12 weeks)
$9,700

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – May 8, 2021 (18 weeks)
$14,550

Overview

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Core components of this program are subject to change in Fall 2020, in order to accommodate any new health and security requirements, due to COVID-19. View the details.


Learn the ropes of native plant and wildlife conservation in Australia, one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet

Koalas and kangaroos, quokkas and spotted quolls, wombats and wallabies, bilbies, bats and bandicoots. There are 235 species of Australian marsupials, many of which are vulnerable or endangered due to introduced predators, habitat loss or climate change.

Learn about these animals, study the science behind extinction, and meet with the professionals who dedicate their lives to the preservation of this unique ecosystem. Alongside park rangers, biologist or researchers. take part in field work and learn how to properly collect and analyze data. Attend guest lectures, or interactive workshops to learn what it takes to become a conservationist.

CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to career exploration activities and experiences and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

Additionally, all Career Exploration participants will take part in the Professional Development Workshop facilitated by CIEE experts focused on business culture and supporting the development of professional skills. This interactive workshop will allow students to connect on a weekly basis across all Career Exploration sites. Each week will bring with it a new theme, covering topics like goal setting, how to build an entrepreneurial mindset and best practices for expanding your business and professional network. Regardless of which academic and professional path you choose, this workshop will be relevant and helpful in developing real world skills and competence!

Back at your home-base hostel, you’ll bond with CIEE students over meals between activities and field assignments. Because every CIEE study abroad program comes with co-curricular activities and excursions, you’ll spend loads of time outside of the classroom exploring Australia’s  multicultural environment including the people, heritage, and culture. In fact, you may find yourself surfing with locals at the famous Bondi beach; strolling through Darling Harbour to see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House; and maybe find Nemo!

The Take-Aways

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Gain professional experience and training. Return home with a better understanding of your professional goals and concrete insights into what it takes to become a conservationist.

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others.

  • CERTIFICATE

    A Certificate of Learning in Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability.

  • said it made them more mature young adults

    97%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • said their level of independence increased

    89%

Location & Culture

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Don’t let the skyscrapers fool you.

Sydney and its surrounding areas offer so much more. Home to hundreds of pristine beaches, one of the first National Parks in the world, and several World Heritage sites, it attracts geologists, botanists and curious science students from around the globe!  

Australia is one of the oldest continents on earth and the six largest country in the world. It features vastly different climates across the continent and landforms shaped from millions of years of wind and water erosion. Nestled between the land and the sea, the multicultural, region that is home to the city of Sydney has plenty to offer — from its legendary surf culture and vibrant street-art scene to world-famous architecture and cityscapes.

The citiy is an ideal place to study the ecological diversity of Australia.  Sydney’s green culture is evident at every turn, with a push to build resilience against the impacts of a changing climate. The city’s new Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision inspires citizens and businesses alike to be: 1) low-carbon, 2) water sensitive, 3) climate resilient, 4) zero waste, 5) active and connected, and 6) green and cool. The ultimate goal? To be globally recognized as an environmental leader while continuing to be one of the world’s most livable cities.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A susccesful Gap Career Exploration achieves the right balance between hands-on learning opportunities, structured moments of instruction that can put your experience in context, and cultural activities or excursions that fully immerse you in the local culture.

All our programs begin with a week-long training session to help you:

  • Get familiar with the local business landscape and research your host organization
  • Articulate objectives for your internship, job shadow and/or volunteer experience
  • Set a work plan into place

For the following 4 weeks, you will be splitting your time between a career exploration experience (from 15 to 20 hours a week), cultural activities and professional development workshops. You'll also get to join our Global Competence course that will connect you with our entire cohort of gap students worldwide.

On your last week, you will meet our team back at the CIEE Global Institute to debrief your career exploration experience and set your own professional goals.

Weekends are for group excursions (two per 6-week block) or personal travel and exploration

  • Hostel

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Catch spectacular ocean views of Sydney Harbour aboard the Manly Ferry.
  • Explore coastal ecosystems and surfer spots including the famous Bondi Beach.
  • Get up close and personal with a kangaroo, koala and wombat at an Australian Wildlife Park.
  • Take a walking tour of Darling Harbour, a happening district known for its aquarium, eateries and iconic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
  • Join an Aboriginal guide on a cultural tour of indigenous life and learn about the first nation’s people and their connection to the land.
  • Discover flora and fauna at Royal Botanical Gardens - a verdant oasis in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility

  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure

Fees

$50

Apply for one or two 6-week blocks. Combining blocks in two different locations is not yet available.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Program

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Costs

Spring Block I 2021 6 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Feb 13, 2021

$4,850

Spring Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

$9,700

Spring Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 May 8, 2021

$14,550

Spring Block II 2021 6 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

$4,850

Spring Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 May 8, 2021

$9,700

Spring Block III 2021 6 weeks Feb 1, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 May 8, 2021

$4,850

Enroll for two in-country 6-week blocks and save 15% ($8,245 total)!

Ready to change your life?