Volunteer in Oceania

Discover the beauty of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island States and let your volunteering dream come true!

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The region of Oceania, including Polynesia, Melananesia and Micronesia. Image credit: Rainer Lesniewski, Shutterstock

Composed of Australia, New Zealand and the beautiful archipelago states that make up Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, Oceania offers visitors some of the most magical destinations in the eastern hemisphere.  Stretching from the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast to the Hawaiian islands in the Pacific, the region is home to numerous island nations.  These include a diverse cultural and linguistic heritage, as well as many biodiversity hotspots.  Home to 32 UNESCO world heritage sites, Oceania’s beauty and diversity are bound to captivate any visitor!  Famed for authentic crafts such as handmade canoes, colourful ornaments and jewellery made from shells and coral, travellers are also bound to enjoy discovering the arts and crafts of the talented islanders.

Many Pacific island countries have protected whales within their waters by creating whale sanctuaries, now covering over eleven million square kilometres of the South Pacific Ocean.  Oceania is also home to a wide variety of dolphin species as well as the famous Dugong, or sea cows.  The islands’ many pristine, sandy beaches also serve as important nesting sites for endangered sea turtles, including the Flatback, Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Leatherback species.  What’s more, the region boasts a wealth of multicoloured, vibrant coral reefs which are feeding grounds for a wide variety of fish species, as well as other fascinating marine fauna.

Interested in combining a visit to the South Pacific with some worthwhile work on a conservation volunteering project?  Click here to browse through some of the great projects in Oceania that are currently seeking volunteers.  

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A beach in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.     Photo credit: wilar, Shutterstock

Article content sources:  Lonely Planet, South PacificIUCN Red List.