Sun Bear Cambodia – Laos Project

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Sun Bear Cambodia – Laos Project



This project will allow USC students to undertake an internship / WPL and contribute to the plight of Sun and Moon bears in Asia who have been saved by committed locals from death. By taking part in this project students will raise funds for the Australian based Free the Bears charity who work across Asia.

Students undertaking the project will work / travel alongside USC staff to undertake the challenge. There are a number of requirements set forth by the grant funding body and the research team. The successful applicant/s must be:

  • An Australian citizen (required by funding body)
  • Able to travel on the dates advertised, plus stay for an additional 7-14 days to undertake additional work at the sanctuary in Cambodia as part of the internship
  • Able to acquire a tourist visa
  • Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be reasonability fit to undertake all parts of the tour (cycle / hike / kayak)
  • Able to fly from Brisbane
  • Up to date on any vaccinations that may be required
  • Must be culturally sensitive
  • GPA of at least 5.5

It is anticipated that some of the costs involved in the trip will be met by the grant, however there will be expenses that the student will need to meet. Students must raise or contribute the charity component to take part. This is tax deductible as its for an Australian charity.

Should a student withdraw from the project or fail to receive credit for the work undertaken they are required by the Australian government granting body to refund the grant provided.

Students eligible

All disciplines will be considered based on what they can contribute to the trip. A documentary of the trip will be made, so students who can contribute to this are encouraged to apply.

Students must be able to undertake the project as a work place learning/ internship project or equivalent in each Faculty.

Selection process

Please submit a 250 word expression of interest form by 31 March outlining why you would like to work on this project.

These applications will be reviewed by the research team and short-listed applicants may be invited to an interview. The successful applicants will be notified soon after. Please direct any questions to Dr Sheila Peake.

Expression of interest form

Complete the Expression of interest form before Tuesday 31 March 2015.

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