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Flinders Ranges
All Year: April - October 2018 / 19
Area (ha): 150000
Persons: 4 to 8
Category: Other
Host ID: 35280
Region: South Australia

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Last Updated: December 30, 2017

We offer a unique opportunity for HelpX helpers in outback South Australia and can host between 6 - 8 Volunteers at a time, plus our staff will be here ... you won't be lonely and you won't be left alone with tasks!


WE ARE WELCOMING HELPX VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT DURING OUR April - October 2018 CAMEL TREKKING SEASON.

As we work with school groups offering students camps, the schools request that everyone assisting must have a police check and or working with children check. Do you already have this? You will need a working holiday visa and can apply one month before arriving to us or as soon as you arrive in Australia if you are coming straight from overseas to stay with us. It can take up to 25 days to process a police check application. Please follow the links on this page to complete an application - https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks
Thank you.

********This is a very exciting opportunity, but it's also very demanding. We require people that are emotionally strong, physically able, mentally competent, and have a high-level of maturity. If you think/feel/know that you have a disadvantage in ANY of the areas, please understand that this will not be a suitable environment for you.******** Please be informed that this role is UNPAID and is NOT eligible for a second year Working Holiday Visa extension.

Please keep reading and note we are frequently out of range so if you message us we will get to you as soon as possible; sometimes there might be a delay of up to a week or more.

We are looking for people who-

*Have experience with large animals e.g. Minimum of 2 years with horses. If you don't have horse experience you can still hang out with Camels! Happy to help out with other volunteers cooking.

* Have Fully Comprehensive Travel Insurance which we require a scanned copy of along with your passport identification.

OTHER SKILLS ~

* Enjoy meeting people from around the world
* Enjoy meeting and sharing with tourists
* Like a challenge in the outdoors / camping / campfire cooking
* Have previous experience with animals, especially horses
* Like the idea of getting to know camels
* Have a drivers licence and can drive manual four wheel drives ( Not compulsory)
* Like working as part of a team
* Like being with people / tourists / guests / other HelpXers
* Like Dogs /Horse / Donkey / Gardening / Children

PLEASE READ : If a HelpX person is suited to our work we often assist with longer term stays following participation and suitability to camel trekking lifestyle.

PLEASE NOTE : HelpX helpers are welcome to contact us NOW to arrange stays between MAY - OCTOBER 2018 in the the Flinders Ranges of Outback South Australia.


"WARNING" - This is not a typical HelpX helper job where you help 4-6 hours in exchange for food and accommodation. You`ll have early mornings and long adventurous days with walking outdoors and helping with the meals and packing. Daily showers won`t be always available as we camp outside and sleep in netted beds under the stars. Camel Treks Australia can supply you with a swag ( netted bed with mattress) filled with sleeping bag, bedding & pillow for the duration of your stay. In between camel treks there is ample opportunity to rest, and catch up on emails & social media. We do not however have sufficient Internet for downloading movies and you tubes.

IN exchange for your help you can be part of an incomparable experience doing camel treks through the Flinders Ranges. Food and accommodation are amply provided.


MORE about what we offer read further down this page.

WHAT WE EXPECT/JOB DESCRIPTION:
- you need to bring your own
* Good shoes (as we do a lot of walking on rocky, sandy ground)
Try to avoid purchasing new shoes at this time because you will likely end up with blisters. If you are prone to blisters please bring you own bandaids and or see a chemist as there are wonder anti-blister ankle supports for sale. Most of the staff wear covered boots because there are prickles and rocks. Some sneakers are very comfortable but we do not recommend sandals unless you have hardened outdoor feet!
* sun protection, including sunscreen and a hat
* drinking bottle
* little backpack
* sleeping bag (can be supplied if not available)
* international drivers license ( not essential )
*bring clothing that will keep you protected in the outdoors. It can rain here, be cold and hot as well as dusty. We provide crew with two Camel Treks Australia long sleeve shirts that can be worn on treks.
* sun protection, including sunscreen and a hat
* drinking bottle
* little backpack
* sleeping bag (can be supplied by us if you don't have one)
* international drivers license ( not essential )

WE ARE LOOKING for - HelpXers with good English skills. Please do not apply if your English is poor because many instructions we give are related to safety for yourself and others. Good English is 100% essential so that you can understand and follow instructions in the outdoors. You should be a healthy, energetic person, that is able and willing to walk with the camels for 4 - 5 hours a day and help with cooking, dish washing, campfire, and helping with the camels. We do have 2 MAIN JOBS:

JOB 1:
You`ll be on trek with the camels, means walking, and assisting staff with the camels. If you have a camera we might ask you to take some images for us or the guests. Assisting with the meals, especially in the mornings and at night it is your job to wash the dishes.

JOB 2:
You should have a drivers license as you will be part of the background crew that packs the trailer in the morning and drives the car to the campgrounds. You should be able to carry 20kg of luggage. You are responsible for the campfire that is for our daily meals. That means collecting wood, making a fire and preparing coals for the camp oven which we bake bread and cook meals inside. You can learn a lot about cooking over a campfire by giving a hand to our camp cook as well :-).


CAMEL TREKS AUSTRALIA

WHAT WE OFFER:
We offer HelpX helpers the opportunity to be part of our family and busy seasonal tourism business. HelpX helpers will assist with meals, camp fires, camp set up and pack up. We provide all meals and swags/ bedding/ accommodation. As we receive a lot of people wanting to experience life on a station and with camels we prefer accepting HelpXers that are looking for longer stays and a minimum of a one month stay. If HelpXers are planning to stay longer with us we suggest a trial period of two weeks, after which if everyone is happy we accept longer stays. We are open to to longer HelpX arrangements of several months or even the entire season from late March through till - end of October.

This is what we offer in detail:

*Short camel rides, day and overnight tours.
*Camel riding treks from 1 - 9 days.
*Photography treks with celebrated Pete Dobre.
*Tasty camp oven meals prepared over the fire.
*Located 5.5 hours from Adelaide City &Int. Airport.
*Return bus or private transfer ex Adelaide.
*Bush walk or camel ride, with max. of 14 guests.
*Wild Emus, Kangaroos, Wallabys, Eagles and more.
*Scheduled and private tours.
*Comfortable camping and accommodated tours.
*School, Corporate and Cameleers training camps.
*Camel riding safari specialists.

Our guests and you will wake up at the dawn of time in one of the oldest landscapes in the world. Ancient dramatic panoramas, peaceful tree-lined gorges, rocky water holes, and a seasonal wealth of wildlife create a sense of expanse unique to this semi-arid zone. Our guests join Camel Treks Australia between the months of April - October.

HelpXers will be largely sleeping under the southern stars in one of our comfortable swags which is a pinnacle experience for many of our guests. Our swags are fully lined and insect proof with a net that allows you to fall asleep gazing at the night sky. We provide sleeping bags and clean liners for HelpXers or you can bring your own.

HOW WILL YOU ARRIVE -
Comfortable return bus transfers from Adelaide City to our closest township called Hawker are easily arranged with Genesis Tour and Charter company. Genesis offers a pick-up service to and from the Adelaide Central Bus Station, and pickup from any hotel in Adelaide City with prior arrangement.

Adelaide Central Bus Station - is located at 85 Franklin St. Adelaide ph. 08 8203 7203
http://sacommunity.org/org/203150Adelaide_Central_Bus_Station

Due to the early departure time of 6.45am we recommend HelpXers stay at the YHA located very close by. Adelaide Central YHA hostel is located in Adelaide CBD just a short walk to the city’s favourite Adelaide Central Market, hip bars, Rundle Mall and with easy access to the nearby hills, Glenelg Beach and Wine Regions. Cook for yourself in the fully set up kitchen or head out and find out why Adelaide has an amazing reputation for fine food and wine of the country. ph. (+618) 8414 3010
https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/sa/adelaide/adelaide-backpackers-hostel/

Volunteer BLOCKS -

If you would like to join us in 2018, have a look at the available dates below and let us know which block(s) suit you best; we are happy for volunteers to stay for more than one block. However we do ask that all volunteers work within our set Block dates. Please read the below block information clearly as some blocks require Police Checks and Working With Children Check in Block 3. The tourist Visa does not allow volunteers to apply for some 'checks' we require. We are happy to pay for the costs of the police and working with children checks. Here is a link to the police checks - https://afpnationalpolicechecks.converga.com.au

BLOCK 1.) ( This Block now has 7 volunteers and is now FULL, please see Block 2,3,4 and 5 dates below. )
Monday 2nd April - Monday 7th May 2018 ( 34 days duration / 4-8 volunteers + plus staff )
Schedule -
Art Workshops Australia with Jo Bertini - April 4th - 8th 2018
4 Day / 4 Night Camel Trek - April 9th - 13th 2018
3 Day / 3 Night Camel Trek ~ Families - April 20th - 23rd 2018 / S.A School Holidays
4 Day / 4 Night Camel Trek - April 23th - 27th 2018
Artists Camel Trek - April 30th - May 4th 2018
Overnight Safari for 12 adults - May 6th - 7th

1.)You will need to arrive into Adelaide City no later than Sunday April 1st in order to catch the bus on Monday morning April 2nd at 6.45am from the Adelaide Central Bus Station. We recommend staying the night before hand at the YHA which is located just around the corner, an easy 2 minute walk. The bus tickets are normally $170 but Alan who owns the company reduces them to $135 for our volunteers. Please make sure when you book to let them know you are Cameleering!


BLOCK 2.)
Thursday 3rd May - Tuesday June 11th 2018 ( 40 days duration / 4-6 volunteers + plus; we currently have space for 3 more volunteers in this Block )
Schedule -
Overnight Camel Riding Safari 2018 ~ May 6th - 7th 11.30am ~ 11.30am
4 Day Photography Themed Camel Trek with Jessica Clark - May 7th - 11th 2018
Private Secondary School Group with Pete Dobre, Landscape photographer - May 14th - 18th 2018
4 Day / 4 Night Camel Trek - May 21st - 25th 2018
Private Secondary School group - June 4th - 8th 2018

1.) Please note: During this block we require each volunteer to obtain an Australian Police Check as there are two secondary school camps and this is a requirement we must adhere to on behalf of the schools we work with. School camps are rewarding and a very different experience to standard treks.
2.) At the end of this block we can transport volunteers to Port Augusta on June 11th where buses to Adelaide and Alice Springs / Darwin are available; we suggest pre-booking bus tickets. A bus also departs from the township of Hawker returning to Adelaide on the morning of June 11th.

BLOCK 3.)
Thursday June 14th - Friday 6th July 2018 ( 23 days duration / 4-6 volunteers + plus ; we currently have space for 5 more volunteers in this Block )
Schedule -
Private Secondary School Camp - June 19th - July 3rd ( Set-up and pack-up days either side )

1.) Please note: This is an exciting an unique block catering to approximately 165 secondary school boys completing a
21 day journey covering over 200 km's in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. We receive the students and work with
them on their last two days of the journey. Criteria we must adhere to includes - we require each volunteer to obtain an Australian Police Check as there and a Working With Children check as this is a requirement we must adhere to on behalf of this particular school. School camps are rewarding and a very different experience to standard treks.
2.) At the end of this block volunteers can return to Adelaide from Hawker township bus to Adelaide on July 19th. From Adelaide buses and flights are available to all other states in Australia; we suggest pre-booking bus or flight tickets from Adelaide in advance.

BLOCK 4.)
Monday 16th July - Tuesday 4th September or Friday 7th 2018 ( 45 days duration / 4-6 volunteers + plus; we currently have space for six volunteers in this Block )
Schedule -
July - August Desert Expedition / Private Secondary Group - July 23rd - August 3rd 2018
Desert Trek / Clayton Station / Private Secondary School - August 7th - 13th 2018
Desert Expedition 10 days along Clayton Creek / Lake Eyre / Tirari Desert Dunes - August 21st - August 31st 2018

1.) In order to find us ( unless you have your own vehicle ) you will need to catch the bus which departs Adelaide on July 16th at 6.45am arriving to our remote location 10+ hours later that night. So you'll need to be in Adelaide City no later than July 15th for the early morning departure. The bus will be empty except for volunteers and possibly some staff who are catching it up. The bus fares are normally $170 per person, however Alan has agreed to reduce the fare for our Workaway volunteers to $50 per person. The crew may be very tired after 10 days of walking and looking after the group of guests, however we will begin to share and introduce you to the Camels who will be easy to see in the yards. You will have several days to explore / rest and prepare for the student group arriving. Please bring bathers to enjoy the hot desert thermal springs. Because the bus leaves early on the morning of July 16th, we recommend you stay the night before hand at the YHA.

2.) This block is spent entirely in a remote desert region. Volunteers must arrive with appropriate footwear and clothing. Weather can be cool to cold at night, but warm to hot during the day. Bring a good hat and sunglasses, night head torch and good back-pack for carrying water. We provide work shirts for the duration of your stay. Volunteers will travel to our remote location with Alan from departing Adelaide very early ( 6.30am meet to pack bus for a 6.45am departure ) on Wednesday 18th July for an 8 hour bus journey. At the completion of the last trek scheduled August 7th, volunteers will travel with staff back to the township of Hawker and can either catch a bus back to Adelaide or we can drop you in Port Augusta where buses heading to the Northern Territory can be booked.

BLOCK 5.)
Thursday 6th September - Friday 12th October 2018 ( 36 days duration / 4-6 volunteers + plus; we currently have space for 6 volunteers in this Block )
Schedule -
9 Day Camel riding trek exploring Lake Torrens & surrounds, S.A - September 10th - 18th 2018
Secondary School group camp in the Northern Ranges - September 22nd - 28th 2018
3 Day / 3 Night Camel Trek - October 5th - 8th 2018

1.) We may add another trek at the end of October and would welcome any Block 5 volunteers to stay longer and assist with the end of year pack-up. It will be possible for volunteers to return from our nearest township called Hawker, to Adelaide with a local bus service on Friday 12th of October.

TRIAL PERIOD
As we receive a lot of people wanting to experience life on a station and with camels we prefer accepting Workaway volunteers that are looking for longer stays and a have a minimum 'ONE MONTH' stay requirement; we also have a trial period of two weeks to make sure that both you and everyone else here is suited to working together.

If Workaway volunteers are planning to stay longer with us we suggest a trial period of two weeks, after which if everyone is happy we accept longer stays. We are open to longer Workaway volunteer arrangements of several months or even the entire season from late March 2018 through till the end of October 2018.
If you cannot commit to one of these blocks, please do not apply!

We offer a unique opportunity for Workaway volunteers to help with camel treks in outback South Australia. Becoming a Workaway volunteer is a unique opportunity to share who you are and your skills in exchange for an experience, food and accommodation. We wish to affirm this relationship and clearly state that we do not offer paid positions for Workaway volunteer assistance, but what we do offer is a rare once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a beautiful landscape with charismatic camels and staff.

DESIRED SKILLS
*?????????????????????????????????????? Enjoy meeting people from around the world
*?????????????????????????????????????? Enjoy meeting and sharing with tourists
*?????????????????????????????????????? Like a challenge in the outdoors / camping / campfire cooking
*?????????????????????????????????????? Have previous experience with animals, horses, cows etc.
*?????????????????????????????????????? Like the idea of getting to know camels
*?????????????????????????????????????? Have a drivers licence and can drive manual four wheel drives (Not compulsory)
*?????????????????????????????????????? Like cooperating as part of a team
*?????????????????????????????????????? Like being with people / tourists / guests / other volunteers
*?????????????????????????????????????? Like Dogs / Horses / Donkey / Gardening / Children

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A TREK:
During a trek, we typically wake up with the sunrise to light the fire for hot water and set out breakfast supplies. Sometimes, we cook a hot breakfast and prepare everyone’s lunch before we head out for the walk that day. Then, individuals with two years horse experience will assist in saddling the camels and preparing the pack bags with relevant supplies. Once saddled, we load guests on the camels and begin our walk for the day, which can range from 5 to 18km. During the walk, you might be responsible for checking the comfort of the camels and guests or navigation. If you have a camera we might ask you to take some images for us or the guests. Back at camp, we light all the fires and begin to prepare dinner and desert. After dinner, all staff members assist in cleaning dishes and cast irons and then have a chat with guests (time permitting). Then, staff and guests roll out their cozy swags and get a good night’s sleep under the stars ??
Although each day on a trek doesn’t exactly follow this schedule, most private treks are like this. Days when we shift camps or school treks can vary. When we shift camp, you might find yourself driving cars to and from campsites and packing trailers (should be able to carry 20kg of luggage). Depending on the number of staff and where you feel most comfortable, you might find that you have more responsibility in one aspect of the trek (i.e. cooking or camels) than other volunteers.

BETWEEN TREKS:
Often, a few days before and after treks, there can be a lot of necessary preparation. This could include changing bedding on swags, shopping for food supplies, performing maintenance to trek equipment, or restocking the ‘wagon’ with supplies. Between treks, there is typically a decent amount of time for resting. You can busy yourself around the house, garden, catch up with friends, do laundry, go hiking, etc. Since we eat as a family, volunteers often are responsible for cooking dinners between treks as well.

We are open to helpers staying for consecutive blocks if the situation is mutually agreeable.

**PLEASE READ - Please do not apply if you cannot commit to the provided BLOCK schedule.

**PLEASE READ - Please do not apply if you cannot commit to the provided schedule. Arrival/Departure dates are synced with Genesis Tour & Charter return bus transfer to/from Adelaide which may be subject to minor changes due to unconfirmed trek dates. Extensions for longer stays may be possible based upon your experience and performance.

Comfortable return bus transfers from Adelaide City to our closest township called Hawker are easily arranged with Genesis Tour and Charter company. Genesis offers a pick-up service to and from the Adelaide Central Bus Station, and pick-up from any Hotel in Adelaide City with prior arrangement, please note a $10 surcharge applies for Hotel pick-up.

Once guests have arrived in Hawker staff will collect them for transfer in our four wheel drive to Wonoka Station, our camel trekking home. Staff ensure that guests travelling on this service will be transferred from the station in time for their return service.

HOW TO FIND US:
Comfortable return bus transfers from Adelaide City to our location in the northern Flinders Ranges on Beltana Station are easily arranged with Genesis Tour and Charter company. Genesis offers a return pick-up service to and from the Adelaide Central Bus Station, and pick-up from any Hotel in Adelaide City with prior arrangement (please note a $10 surcharge applies for hotel pick-up). Once you have arrived at the turn off to Beltana Station, Cameleer staff will collect you.

ARRIVAL
2018/19: The Genesis Transport Company departs from Adelaide City to the Beltana township turn-off in the Flinders Ranges on Mondays and Thursdays, leaving Adelaide at 6.45am offering a pick-up at your accommodation ( YHA ) in Adelaide City CBD if arranged with advance notification at the time of your booking ( extra $10 charge ). You will arrive at the turn off to Beltana Station at approximately 4:45pm and one of the Cameleer will collect you and your luggage transporting your to our Camel trek location in our all terrain mini-coach vehicle.

DEPARTURE
2018/19: Genesis Transport Company departs from the Beltana Station turn off at 7.10am returning to Adelaide City on Tuesdays and Fridays. Cameleers transport guests / volunteers from the Camel trek location to the pick-up point for guests / volunteers booked on this service.

COST: The bus service is the only one delivering people to our region. It normally costs $170 each way, however the bus company discounts this service for our volunteers down to $135. Please make sure that you tell them you'll be with us in order to get the discount and ensure you get of at the right bus stop!

http://www.genesistransport.com.au

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