The below description has been provided by our implementing program administrator and is subject to change.

Program Overview

A not-for-profit animal sanctuary and registered charity welcomes volunteers to help provide shelter, care, rehabilitation, and in some cases, re-homing. This organization seeks to help animals in need, whether lost, abandoned, or mistreated. The sanctuary is on a 25-acre property located in northern Tasmania. This volunteer opportunity is a wonderful way to demonstrate compassion and kindness to creatures who remain voiceless in the world.
Volunteers must serve for a minimum of 25 hours per week and their duties will include feeding and watering a variety of animals, cleaning, working with sick animals in the hospital, grooming, and helping to apply medications and creams to the animals. Volunteers will get to experience working with a large array of animals, including sheep, horses, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, and cows. The volunteer will also be a part of the volunteer team, which is an inclusive group of people from a variety of backgrounds.


Participants must have completed secondary education in their home country and evidence of this must be included in your application.
In addition to meeting the education and language requirements outlined above, applicants will also complete a Skype or Zoom video interview with AFS Australia staff. This is to ensure that applicants have the necessary communicative skills as well as to assist with establishing expectations regarding their placement.

Where you’ll stay

Participants live with an Australian host family who have been screened by AFS Australia. Please note that during the application process, if a participant rejects a host family placement by AFS Australia, a second placement is not guaranteed. AFS Australia works hard to provide high-quality host family placements for participants of the Community Service in Australia program. We use the information provided by applicants to match them with a suitable host family.
While most of our placements are highly successful, some participants do require or request a host family change. Where this is required, AFS Australia assists to provide participants with a new host family placement however, requests by participants for a host family change cannot always be met. In these situations, you will be able to seek advice from AFS Australia staff.

Most community placements are in regional Australia. Most participants are not placed in urban or metropolitan areas such as in Sydney or Melbourne. Previous community service placements have included Launceston (Tasmania); the Blue Mountains (New South Wales); Adelaide (South Australia); Hobart (Tasmania) and Mackay (Queensland). From time-to-time, community service placements are available in Brisbane (Queensland) and in Perth (Western Australia).
Participants should expect to volunteer and live in regional Australia. We recommend that volunteers undertake research prior to departing their home country about their community service organization and the place that they will be living, so that they are fully prepared for their placement.