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WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR HELPERS AND STAFF POSITIONS FOR OUR 2020 TREKKING SEASON between late March - October.
Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read our comprehensive profile. We are frequently off the internet and out of range; we do our best to respond to all work-away enquiries as quickly as possible.
We listed on work-away because backpackers contacted us really wanting to do our camel treks but couldn't afford to pay for the experience. These travellers would tell us about work-away and encouraged us to list as hosts. Since 2014 we have hosted people from all over the world and it has been for the most part highly enjoyable. Our profile reflects our commitment to be as clear as possible about what we are offering, and what we expect.
Unlike many other experiences you can choose whilst in Australia, being part of a camel trekking company is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You get what the paying guests come to experience, but more because you are allowed behind the scenes and have the chance to really get to know the camels. We accept more work-awayers than most hosts so that tasks can be spread amongst numerous helping hands. As we are out on treks it's not possible to take time-out, we are travelling and on the move, however your time with us will be rewarding and satisfying.
We can host between 4 - 6 helpers and up to 1 paid positions at a time ( must have extensive camel trekking experience to apply for paid position ) ... you won't be lonely and you won't be left alone with tasks!
The company is owned by husband and wife, Paul and Karen Ellis who share a love of camels and the outback with over 25 years of camel handling experience. They met in the 1990s at a camel race gathering in Canberra and have since gone on to win tourism awards, been filmed for several television programmes, and trained camels for overseas royalty. Together, they have been mentored by several old camel men who share links to a bygone era.
Our guests, staff, and helpers 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. We are the only trekking company in the Australia that allows people to ride these proud animals on extended overnight treks, and we are the only business of our kind that accepts volunteers. Guests frequently express finding the rhythm of camel riding relaxing. Our oldest rider this year was eighty and our youngest was three.
We are located at two locations approximately 300 - 500kms north of Adelaide on YADLAMALKA and BELTANA Outback Stations ( like ranches but only bigger! ) which showcases 1,500 square kilometres of picturesque Flinders Rangers landscape. This iconic land can be seen in several well-known movies, including Tracks, Thousand Skies, Gallipoli Stealth and Rabbit Proof Fence.
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BE AWARE you will be volunteering on camel treks and the days can be long. PRE and POST camel trekking can be spent with setting up and packing away from the actual camel trek. We are really wanting to be clear that camel treks and station life are amazing but they do require a mind set that is enthusiastic and self sufficient. Treks can vary from Overnight Safaris through to 9 days. You should be a healthy, energetic person, that is able and willing to walk with the camels for 4 - 5 hours a day followed by assisting with evening meal cookings, dish washing, campfire, and camping with the camels overnight.
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***SOME OTHER CONSIDERATIONS - Paul and Karen Ellis has been actively welcoming workawayers since 2013 and invite interested persons to apply for stays in our listed block periods (see below) between late March - early October in 2020.
Information we would like you to know before you apply to be hosted and before you start as a Workawayer with us -
Before you can commence, we need the following information:
- current police check
- current ID, copy of drivers license or passport
- 3 references from contactable persons, preferably employers
- a brief explanation about why you are applying to workaway with us
- we may ask that you be willing to accept a Face-Time call prior to final acceptance
We are committed to providing a safe, respectful, inclusive and flexible environment in which to Workaway, that is free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or bullying of any kind whilst you are being mentored.
- we agree to share our knowledge and experience
- we provide meals and or meal supplies, as well as cater for sleeping arrangements
- you agree to treat all others associated with the treks with dignity, courtesy, and respect
We ask that you -
- we ask that you only perform the tasks you are learning or have been informed you have become proficient with, and that you follow the instructions of , Directors Paul and Karen Ellis and or a staff member appointed by them
- we ask that you be open and honest in your dealings with us and let us know if we can improve our mentorship program and the support that you receive
- we ask that you participate in all relevant induction and training sessions while you are with us
We have a zero tolerance for persons using recreational drugs of any kind and consider following this warning and signing of an agreement contract that if you are found to be using drugs or display drug induced behaviour this will be treated as a breach of conduct and is considered to be behaviour of a criminal nature, and will be reported to the police, along with an immediate termination of our agreement to continue to mentor. Such persons will be removed from the trekking environment at their own expense immediately.
The terms of staying with us are listed below and pertain to what we expect during your preferred block period. Some terms apply to school camps and the fact that children are in attendance -
- you agree not to smoke in-front of or in areas where guests and school camp students are present
- you agree not to use prejudice, oppressive behaviour or bad language such as swearing in-front any persons, especially school aged students and guests
- you agree to understand that unless you are on a working holiday visa and we agree to employ you, your position of is as a non-paid volunteer. This means that, if you accept the role of a volunteer, you perform all duties on a voluntary basis and you will not receive remuneration as payment for your work
- you agree to understanding that we will provide camel trekking experiences, meals and or meal supplies, as well as cater for sleeping your arrangements
- you agree to treat all other workawayers and other persons associated with the treks with dignity, courtesy, and respect
- you agree not to exchange your personal contact details such as phone number, social networking or email addresses with any guests or children on school camps
- you agree not to request personal contact details such as phone number, social networking or email addresses with any guests or children on school camps
- you agree not to initiate any physical contact with fellow workawayers, employees, guests or children on school camps whilst you are being hosted
- you agree not to engage in rough physical games with other workawayers, school camp students and guests whilst you are being hosted
- you agree to respecting other persons culture, ethnic, religious, dietary, gender and sexual orientation differences whilst you are being hosted
- you agree not to threaten or abuse (verbally, physically or in writing) any other person, employee, volunteer or guest
- you agree not to discriminate or unfavourably treat someone because of their race, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or other personal characteristics whilst you are being hosted
- you agree not to intimidate, threaten or harass any persons whilst you are being hosted
- you agree not to enter into any sexual relationship with another workaway, staff member, guest or person
- you agree to not sexually harass another person with unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour whilst you are being hosted
- you agree not to bully, isolate or humiliate another person whilst you are being hosted
- you agree not to behave improperly or unethically whilst you are being hosted
- you agree to behave in a friendly, professional, fair and courteous manner at all time
- you agree to ask questions if you are ever in doubt about an instruction, and know that at all times you can approach the Directors regarding confidential matters
If you are seeking to be hosted in 2020 please know that we take your safety and right to be happy seriously. Once the above information has been thoroughly read and you have seriously considered wanting to stay with us, please send us your up to date C.V and a minimum of three reference / character letters; please provide your referees email contact so that we can follow up if necessary.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You will learn about camel husbandry in a camel trekking / desert landscape context, native flora and fauna, camping and camp fire cooking skills. If you have the minimum requirement of 2 years horse experience, you can find yourself assisting more with the camels on the station until you reach a point of trust and responsibility where you can have nearly unlimited interaction with them. Regardless, if you don't have horse experience you will still spend time with the camels and learn a lot about these charismatic animals. If you enjoy cooking, we will encourage you to learn about cooking in camp ovens over the fire and using coals. As we predominately spend our time operating our tourism business, you will also be able to talk with interesting guests from all over Australia and the world.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Helper & Staff Schedule BLOCKS -
If you would like to join us in 2020, have a look at the available dates below and let us know which Block(s) suit you best. However, we do ask that all applicants work within our set Block dates due to the limited transport to our location. If you cannot commit to one of these blocks, please do not apply!
2020 WORK-AWAY BLOCKS work in sync with the regions only bus charter service which departs from the Adelaide Central Bus Station in Adelaide City, South Australia arriving to our locations in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
BLOCK ONE: Monday March 23rd - April Tuesday 24th ( 30 days ) Flinders Ranges of South Australia
~Monday March 23rd depart Adelaide City, arriving with our Tour & Charter from Adelaide City
~March 23rd - 26th prepare for trek; get to know camel handling basics on 26th
~March 27th - 30th - 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station
~April 3rd - 6th - 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station
~April 10th - 13th - 3 Day / 3 Night Camel Trek suitable for families on Yadlamalka Station
Block 2 work-away volunteers arrive and existing volunteers can assist the new arrivals
~April 13th - April 17th 4 day / 4 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station
~April 18th - 20th trek pack-up and cleaning
~April 20th - April 24th 4 Day / 4 Night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station,
~April 24th exit return to Adelaide with our Tour & Charter from Hawker township S.A or Port Augusta S.A (TBA)
BLOCK 2: Monday April 13th - May 11th ( 29 days ) Flinders Ranges
The Block 1 staff & work-awayers will mentor you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on April 21st.
~April 13th depart Adelaide City, arriving with our Tour & Charter from Adelaide City to start in the afternoon on a 4 day / 4 night Camel trek concluding on April 17th at Yadlamalka Station
~April 20th - April 24th 4 day / 4 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station
~April 24th - 27th 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station
~April 30th - May 5th 5 day / 5 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station
~May 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning / prepare personal baggage for departure on May 11th following trek
Block 3 work-away volunteers arrive and existing volunteers can assist the new arrivals
~May 8th - 11th 3 Day / 3 Night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station
~May 11th mid morning exit return to Adelaide with our Tour & Charter from Hawker township S.A or Port Augusta S.A (TBA)
BLOCK 3: Monday May 7th - June 8th ( 33 days ) Flinders Ranges of South Australia -
The Block 2 staff & work-awayers will mentor you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on May 11th.
~Thursday May 7th depart Adelaide City, arriving with our Tour & Charter from Adelaide City to our location in the Flinders Ranges
~May 8th - 11th 3 day / 3 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station
~May 14th - 19th 5 day / 5 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station
~May 19th - 21st trek pack-up and cleaning
~May 22nd - 27th break for 5 days of rest with optional opportunity to assist on station - food provided
Block 4 work-away volunteers arrive and existing volunteers can assist the new arrivals
~May 28th - 31st - June preparations for school camp and camel muster
~June 1st - 5th Secondary School camp
~June 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning
~June 8th drop off work-away volunteers to Port Augusta for buses that travel to Adelaide or Alice Springs
PLEASE NOTE BLOCK 4 IS - FULLY BOOKED ... no vacancies for Work Away
BLOCK 4: Thursday May 28th - July 5th ( 38 days) Yadlamalka & Beltana Stations of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia plus the Northern Territory and Western Australian Aboriginal Lands.
This block involves interstate travel. Persons committing to this block must be able to provide references showing a minimum of two years large animal experience (insurance policy requirement) and have a high degree of confidence around large animals, as well as preferably having an international drivers license and can drive a manual four wheel drive. This block will include long days requiring flexibility, stamina and enthusiasm for the wilder side of life. Must be able to fluently speak English, must be able to work within a team and be willing to listen and follow instructions. Guests will be travelling with crew, and its important that volunteers attending this block like socialising with others. Must be willing to chat and engage with people from all around the world as well as meet, greet, and be respectful towards local Aboriginal people. Alcohol is absolutely prohibited on Aboriginal lands and incurs a personal fine of thousands of dollars. No drugs, drink or bad language will be welcome. If you meet the above criteria please apply.
~May 28th depart Adelaide City, arriving with our Tour & Charter from Adelaide City to our location in the Flinders Ranges
~June 1st - 5th Secondary School Camel trek camp
~June 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning
~June 8th drop off block 3 work-away volunteers to Port Augusta for buses that travel to Adelaide or Alice Springs
~June 8th - 11th travel from Flinders Ranges South Australia to Uluru in the Northern Territory
~June 12th - 18th we are facilitating an experience catering for a group of exclusive guests who are participating in a camel muster in remote Western Australian desert country on Aboriginal permit lands.
~June 19th - 25th - we are facilitating an experience catering for a group of exclusive guests who are participating in a camel muster in remote Western Australian desert country on Aboriginal permit lands.
~June 26th - July 2nd - we return from Western Australia via the Northern Territory into South Australia and further north into the Far North Flinders Ranges. Camels will be mustered from the Central Flinders Ranges and loaded onto a purpose built truck for transport to trek on a different station from your first trek in early June.
~June 29th - Block 5 work-away volunteers arrive and existing volunteers can assist the new arrivals
~July 1st - 5th - trek pack-up and cleaning / prepare personal baggage for departure
Block 5: Monday June 29th - July 31st ( 33 days ) Beltana Station - Flinders Ranges of South Australia - police checks essential
The Block 4 staff & work-awayers will mentor you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on July 5th.
~June 29th arrive to Hawker or Beltana Station TBA closer to the date
~July 1st - 5th trek pack-up and cleaning / block 4 work-awayers prepare personal baggage for departure
~ July 6th - 10th trek pack-up and cleaning
~ July 13th - 21st - 9 Day Journey to 'Lake Torrens' in the Far North Flinders Ranges - Beltana Station
~ July 21st - 30th - 10 day Lake Torrens Expedition on Beltana Station / Private Secondary Group
~ July 13th - Block 6 work-away volunteers arrive and existing volunteers & staff can assist the new arrivals
~August 3rd - 11th 9 Day Journey to 'Lake Torrens' in the Far North Flinders Ranges - Beltana Station
~August - 17th - 25th 10 day Journey to Lake Torrens Expedition on Beltana Station / Private Secondary Group
Block 6: Monday July 13th - August 28th ( 46 days ) Beltana Station - Flinders Ranges of South Australia - police checks essential. This block encompasses two secondary school groups which are always rewarding.
The Block 5 staff & work-awayers will mentor you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on July 31st.
~ July 13th - 21st - 9 Day Journey to 'Lake Torrens' in the Far North Flinders Ranges - Beltana Station
~ July 21st - 30th - 10 day Lake Torrens Expedition on Beltana Station / Private Secondary Group
~ Friday 31st of July Block 5 Work Away volunteers depart
~ August 3rd - 11th - 9 Day Journey to 'Lake Torrens' in the Far North Flinders Ranges - Beltana Station
~ August - 17th - 25th - Lake Torrens Expedition / Private Secondary Group
~ August 25th - 27th pack-up from trek
~August 28th departure with our Tour & Charter
Block 7: Monday August 17th - Oct. 2nd ( 47 days ) Beltana Station - Flinders Ranges of South Australia - police checks
This block encompasses a secondary school group which is always rewarding.
~ August 27th - September 4th - 9 Day Journey to 'Lake Torrens' in the Far North Flinders Ranges - Beltana Station
~ Monday 7th - 15th September - 9 Day Journey to 'Lake Torrens' in the Far North Flinders Ranges - Beltana Station
~ September Thursday 17th - Friday 25th - Private school camel trek camp focused on sufficiency & growth
~ September 26th - Oct. 2nd final goodbyes with camels and end of year pack-up ... visit to Flinders Ranges National Park on Thursday October 1st.
~ Departure bus on morning of October 2nd from Hawker township
We have a trial period of two weeks, after which the whole block can be completed. If work-away or staff are desiring to stay longer with us, we are open to longer work-away and staff arrangements of several months or even the entire season through till the end of October. Work-away volunteers using drugs or drinking to become drunk will be immediately asked to leave.
We have the same standards and expectations for both work-away AND staff, despite the different roles, as they are in similar environments and require similar activities in different capacities (being remote, Block schedule, trial period, desired skills for handling animals, ability to drive 4WD, cooking, being around children, & etc.)
DESIRED SKILLS for HELPERS and STAFF
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*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Have a drivers licence and can drive manual four wheel drives (Not compulsory)
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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 or large animal 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 dessert. After dinner, all staff members assist in cleaning dishes and cast irons and then have a chat with guests. 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 significantly. When we shift camp, you might find yourself driving cars to and from campsites and packing trailers (should be able to carry 10 - 15kg of luggage either solo or with the assistance of another person). 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 staff.
Often, a few days before and after treks, there can be a lot of necessary preparation. This could include changing bedding in swags, shopping for food supplies, performing maintenance to trek equipment, or restocking the ‘wagon’ with meal supplies.
WHAT TO BRING
Any medications need to be labelled and accompanied with written instructions in the event of an emergency.
Any workawayer with an anaphylaxis management plan must carry an epipen at all times.
We recommend bringing old, comfortable clothes and well worn footwear so as to avoid blisters - now is not the time to break-in new boots.
Bring long pants, shoes - boots, hiking boots, slip on boots or very strong outdoor trainers, outdoor runners, raincoat, socks, underwear, gloves, beanie or warn hat plus thermals for June, July and August, old jumper, fleece / warm jacket, shirts, t-shirts, shorts for summer months. We provide 2 long sleeve work shirts.
Sunscreen, insect repellant, blister prevention aids, band-aids, small personal first aid kit, head torch with spare batteries, small backpack for carrying day supplies when out trekking, 2 x water bottles so you can carry a minimum of 2 litres during the day when trekking.
English & we frequently have helpers from France, Germany & the USA.
Work-awayers will largely be sleeping in swags which are like a single man tent, but with a mattress and canvas cover that opens up so you can view the stars! We enjoy eating healthy (mostly) vegetarian meals together. We happily welcome vegetarian, vegan and gluten free eaters. Helpers are always provided with unlimited food, including fresh fruit, vegetable and clean drinking water. There is never a restriction on food, both on and off camel treks.
SWAGS - You will be largely sleeping under the southern stars whilst out on camel treks in one of our comfortable swags (netted bed with mattress) 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 or you can bring your own.
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All work-away volunteers here during school camps ( May, June, July, and September months ) are now required to a working with children check which we will cover any expenses incurred for this. This has been heavily stressed upon us by the schools we have partnerships with. A police check can be arranged on-line with the South Australian police. If you cannot get a police check in Australia please email us as some previous work-away volunteers have had to arrive with one from their own country.
We require helpers to provide 1) proof of health insurance coverage, 2) passport copy, and 3) police checks (for volunteers here on block dates that include school camp treks)
Prior to your arrival with us, we will request that you provide us with these documents and also ask that you sign our company waiver forms. Please advise us at your earliest convenience if you have any difficulty submitting these details before your arrival.
WHAT TO BRING:
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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 band aids 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!
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*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️sleeping bag/bedding (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 of our long sleeve shirts that can be worn on treks.
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Head torch or flashlight
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