Join Conservation Volunteers, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Veterans Affairs New Zealand in the preparation for, and staging of, the commemorative services at Gallipoli.
The Conservation Volunteers Gallipoli Volunteer team provides assistance and support to visitors at the Commemorative Service sites at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair on 24th & 25th April. Volunteers assist with a range of visitor services that aim to help visitors maximize their enjoyment of the services, while minimizing their impact on this very special site.
What will I be doing?
As a Gallipoli volunteer you will be engaged in visiting the historic battlefield sites around the Gallipoli Peninsula with an experienced Turkish guide and then assisting with a range of visitor services that aim to help visitors maximize their enjoyment of the services, while minimizing their impact on this very special site.
The main tasks of the volunteer team are:
- Welcoming visitors
- Conducting bus registrations
- Providing information
- Wrist banding visitors
- Distributing information kits
- Supporting assisted mobility visitors
- Distributing water
- Assisting visitors with transition between services
- Collecting surveys
- Bus departure assistance at end of services and other duties in supporting visitors
Would I be suitable?
To be a volunteer you must:
- be over 18 years of age
- have a high level of health and fitness
- have an interest in the program and Gallipoli, travel and life experiences
- useful skills or attributes and be a support team member
- There is also a specific need for some volunteers to have medical experience e.g nursing. (This is particularly in relation to providing support to Assisted Mobility visitors.)
Team member’s work through the night of 24th of April to provide visitor services, however, a three hour rest break is scheduled. The temperature overnight typically drops to around zero°C. There are some long walks in the program and you will be on your feet for long periods.
As a guide, to determine if you have the necessary fitness levels, ask yourself:
- Can I stand for long periods of time (e.g. 5 hours)?
- Can I walk 5km over rough, undulating terrain (including some long downhill sections)?
- Can I climb 5 flights of stairs?
- Can I go without sleep for one night?
If you answered ‘NO’ to any of these questions then this program is not recommended
- Travel insurance – all Gallipoli Volunteers need to purchase their own travel insurance
- Vaccination – discuss your requirements with your doctor. In general there is a recommendation to have Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccination.
- Visa entry to Turkey
- Australians need to purchase an online Visa (approx. $60 USD).
- No Visa is required for New Zealand passport holders.
The cost of the program for 2017 is AUD $5,990 (full package) or AUD $4,060 (land only)
The program price includes:
- return international airfares departing Ex Syd/Mel/Bris/Perth
- most meals
- twin share hotel accommodation at Gallipoli and Istanbul
- all transportation
- battlefield visits
- program Team Leaders
- Turkish guide
- Gallipoli Coast cruise
- and the experience of a lifetime!
Past volunteering comments
It is hard to put into words the remarkable, unique, once in a lifetime experience Conservation Volunteers provided. This trip has been life changing. I feel inspired that CV have enabled me to make a difference. Volunteering itself was unbelievable. We worked as a team and kept each other’s spirits up. – Carmel
The commemoration is difficult to put into words, superb, brilliant, exceptional do not describe this trip sufficiently. This is the trip of a lifetime, and one to treasure for a lifetime. The experience was very professional, inclusions outstanding, tour point made very special by guides and experienced CVA folk. – Shaun
This whole program has been an amazing experience. It is a unique way to experience the Dawn Service, and allows you to contribute something. I am exceptionally luck to have been here to experience the Dawn Service and with new friends around me was very special. – Catherine
From the word go you could see this was going to be a once in a lifetime experience. The whole team experience provided a platform for success. This was driven by the CVA Group Leader and Team Leaders.- Adrian
AMAZING!! I knew it was going to be amazing but it exceeded all my expectations. I will look back on this trip for my whole life and be thankful to have had the opportunity. I can say thankyou enough to CVA – Rebekah
To be given the opportunity to attend the centenary of the ANZAC’s battle in Gallipoli is priceless. To be able to have this opportunity and play a role filled me with national pride. From the bottom of my heart – thankyou Graeme and the team for providing me this privilege. – Matt
How do I get involved?
Applications have closed for 2017. The team will be announced on the 30th October 2017.