Experience the wonderful world of "down under" on the CCSA Australian Ecosystems Program and help to preserve habitat for one of its most unusual species: the koala. On this smallest, most temperate of continents, where flora and fauna are both diverse and unique, and native Aboriginal culture blends European with Asian, participants can explore the richness of a world apart. Join CCSA and snorkel World Heritage reefs; trek through rain forests near tropical Cairns; discover the museums, gardens and parks around metropolitan Melbourne, Australia's second largest city and home to some of the continent's largest communities of penguins, seals, kangaroos and koalas; and participate in a conservation service project.
Participants will reside at the tropical 4-star Palm Royale Cairns. “A world away from the everyday and within minutes of everything Cairns has to offer.” Air-conditioned rooms, two tropical swimming pools and a beach style swimming pool will help to keep you cool between class activities. Right next door to Palm Royale is a shopping centre offering a range of shops including a typical 'Aussie' pub and a fitness centre nearby.
While in Melbourne, participants will reside at the Travelodge Southbank—656 feet from the Yarra River. This 4-star property is within walking distance of many major attractions and restaurants. The city centre is just across the Princess Bridge, and Melbourne Aquarium and the Royal Botanic Gardens are only minutes away.
Required Group Travel:
Estimated Cost: $2600 – $2800 *
Travel together with other participants as well as faculty and staff from the CCSA programs with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket on your behalf. The airline cost will be included
in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport. Includes
Course Description: Start the New Year in the land down under studying the behavior of the wide variety of animals found there. This course allows you to study animal behavior and welfare in tropical Cairns, Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria. Learn about basic animal behavior and how to evaluate animal welfare online prior to departure. In Australia you can observe the impact that humans have had on domestic and wild animals in places as unique as the Great Barrier Reef and Phillip Island. Learn about crocodile farming and observe koalas and kangaroos in the wild. Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips to such locations as the Australian Equine Behavior Centre, the Melbourne Zoo and The University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Science department. Extensive walking during field trips and around the city in extremely hot temperatures
Course Description: Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests on Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems. Should be able to (a) carry own luggage through airports and to hotel room, (b) scramble over rough terrain, and (c) walk at least 5 miles on most days