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Become a cameleer 

Mentorship Opportunities

2020 with Cameleers Paul and Karen Ellis

Historically, new or prospective owners of camels in Australia that were eager to learn sought out the expertise of older experienced camel operators. Learning traditionally took place on the job, at the site of working the camels with an experienced operator, whether that be in busy public locations, or outback trekking.

 

Although the twentieth century has witnessed a major shift in emphasis towards school and post-school based training, recent years have been characterised by a revival of on-the-job training and close links with actual working enterprises.

 

Today there is an increased recognition of the success that on-the-job training provides. Individuals learning are mentored for an extended duration with Camel Treks Australia's team which offers structure within it's successful business model incorporating camels and tourists. This real life practical hands on training can lead to greater learning outcomes for camel owners, and camel handlers eager to delve deeper.​

Paul and Karen Ellis have been actively assisting camel seekers worldwide since 2013 and welcome interested persons to apply for mentoring opportunities between late March - early October in 2020.

In 2020 we can be found camel trekking at two locations approximately 300 - 500kms north of Adelaide City in South Australia on Yadlamalka Station and Beltana Station which each showcase over 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.

 

In regards to being mentored, if you’re looking for a holiday there are easier options than being with us. As exciting an opportunity that this is, it is also very demanding. It will be an advantage if you consider yourself emotionally strong, physically able, mentally competent, and have a high level of maturity. If you think / feel / know that you have a physical, emotional or mental disadvantage, please understand that this will not be a suitable environment for you as we are very remote and do not have easy access to medical care of any kind that supports physical, emotional or mental well-being. 

Mentoring days on camel treks are long. Prior to and following camel treks 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 nine days. Ideally you consider yourself to be a healthy, energetic person, that is able and willing to walk with the camels for 4 - 5 hours a day, additionally assisting with meal cooking, dish washing, campfire, and camping with the camels overnight.

 

If you are seeking a mentored volunteer position in 2020 please know that we take your safety and right to be happy seriously. The below information represents standard agreement principles expected in such engagements.

Information we require before you can start in the mentorship role - 

  • a condensed curriculum vitae concisely conveying your qualifications

  • your curriculum vitae should include your name, contact information, education, skills, and experience

  • current working with children check

  • current police check

  • current proof of ambulance cover if you are an Australia resident or comprehensive travel insurance if you are an overseas visitor. (in the event of something such as appendicitis an evacuation without cover in a remote location could cost in excess of $10,000) 

  • current ID, copy of drivers license or passport 

  • 3 references from contactable persons, preferably employers 

  • a brief explanation about why you are applying and what you would like to achieve from being mentored

  • we ask that you be willing to accept a Face-Time call prior to final acceptance

We have a zero tolerance for persons using recreational drugs of any kind and consider following this advance information and later 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 being mentored are specified below and pertain to what we* (Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd*) expect during your preferred block period. Some terms apply to school camps and the fact that children are in attendance - 

  • we ask you agree not to smoke in-front of or in areas where guests and school camp students are present ​whilst you are being mentored

  • we ask you agree not to use prejudice, oppressive behaviour or bad language such as swearing in-front of any persons, especially school aged students and guests associated with us whilst you are being mentored

  • we ask you agree to understand that the position of being mentored is a volunteer position with tuition fees incurred per specified block periods listed below

  • we ask you agree to understanding that in accepting you for a mentorship block this does not intend or imply employment or a contractual relationship; you will not be acting as an employee, independent contractor or consultant 

  • we ask you agree to understanding that you are not on a student placement, that this mentorship opportunity is not a paid position, government approved apprenticeship or internship and is not eligible for Centre-link benefits such as Austudy or Abstudy

  • we ask you agree to understanding that you will pay Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd the specified block payment amount in full prior to commencement of the mentorship opportunity

  • we ask you agree not to engage in rough physical games with others, especially school aged students attending camps whilst you are being mentored 

  • we ask you agree to respecting others culture, ethnic, religious, dietary, gender and sexual orientation differences whilst you are being mentored 

  • we ask you agree not to threaten or abuse(verbally, physically or in writing)any other person, employee, volunteer or guest associated with Camel Treks Australia 

  • we ask 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 mentored

  • we ask you agree not to enter into any sexual relationship with another person, or anyone associated with Camel Treks Australia whilst you are being mentored; this includes fellow mentees, staff and guests

  • we ask you agree to not sexually harass another person with unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour whilst you are being mentored

  • we ask you agree not to bully, isolate or humiliate another person whilst you are being mentored

  • we ask you agree not to behave improperly or unethically whilst you are being mentored 

  • we ask that you only undertake duties you are authorised to perform and always operate under the direction and supervision of a nominated staff member and obey reasonable directions and instructions

  • we ask that you notify the Directors of Camel Treks Australia of any health and safety issues or potentially hazardous situations that may pose a risk to you or others and report any issues knowing that your concerns will be respected and managed in a confidential manner

  • we ask that you take reasonable care for your own health and safety

  • we ask that you comply with any reasonable instruction given by Camel Treks Australia's staff, or representatives as many instructions will revolve around your safety and maintaining the safety of others  

  • we ask that you let us know of any concerns you may have about safety and/or fitness in undertaking a mentorship role 

  • we ask you to cooperate with any reasonable policies and procedures, many of which as listed here

  • we ask you to agree to behave in a friendly, professional, fair and courteous manner at all times

 

  • we ask you agree to ask questions if you are ever in doubt about an instruction or task. We appreciate learning new skills requires lots of repetition and are open to questions, no matter how frequent!

 

If you are seeking a mentored volunteer position in 2020 please know that we take your safety and right to be happy seriously. Once the above information has been thoroughly read and considered please send us your up to date C.V and a minimum of three referral letters from referees who can also be contacted via email.

Mentorship schedule blocks - 

 

If you would like to join us in 2020, have a look at the block dates below and let us know which Block suit you best. We request that all applicants work within our set block dates. 


Block dates work in sync with the regions only return 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. Bus charters are an optional extra, self drivers will be provided with a safe place to park their vehicles for the duration of each block period.

BLOCK ONE: $1500

  • Monday March 23rd - April Tuesday 21st ( 30 days ) Flinders Ranges

  • Monday March 23rd depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis tour & charter

  • 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 on Yadlamalka Station

  • Block two mentorship learners arrive 

  • April 13th - April 17th 4 day / 4 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • April 18th - 20th trek pack-up and cleaning

  • April 21st exit return to Adelaide with Genesis tour & charter from Hawker township S.A or Port Augusta S.A (TBA)


BLOCK TWO: $1450

  • Monday April 13th - May 11th ( 29 days ) Flinders Ranges

  • The Block one staff & mentorship cameleers will assist you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on April 21st.

  • April 13th depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis 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

  • Block three mentorship learners arrive

  • May 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning / prepare personal baggage for departure on

  • May 11th following trek

  • May 8th - 11th 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • May 11th mid morning exit return to Adelaide with Genesis Tour & Charter from Hawker township S.A or Port Augusta S.A (TBA)


BLOCK THREE: $1650

  • Monday May 7th - June 8th ( 33 days ) Flinders Ranges

  • The Block two staff & mentorship cameleers will assist you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on May 11th.

  • Thursday May 7th depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis 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 with food provided for meal production; a busy school camp starts on June 1st

  • Block four mentorship learners arrive

  • May 28th - 31st - June preparations for school camp and camel muster

  • June 1st - 5th Secondary School Camel trek camp

  • June 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning

  • June 8th drop-off offered to Port Augusta for buses that travel to Adelaide or Alice Springs 

BLOCK FOUR:$4680 TO BE CONFIRMED by February 2020

  • Thursday May 28th - July 10th ( 44 days)

  • Flinders Ranges, Northern Territory and Western Australian

  • The Block three staff & mentorship cameleers will assist you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on May 11th.

  • This block is our longest and most exciting block for 2020 and 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 Genesis Tour & Charter from Adelaide City to our location in the Flinders Ranges

  • June 1st - 5th Secondary School camp Camel trek

  • June 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning

  • June 8th drop-off block three mentored learners 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 travel 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. 

  • July 2nd - Block five mentorship learners arrive

  • July 3rd - 5th - trek pack-up and cleaning / prepare personal baggage for departure on July 10th following trek

  • July 6th - 10th - 4 day / 4 night Camel trek on Beltana Station

  • July 10th early morning exit on return coach service to Adelaide with Genesis Tour & Charter from Beltana Station

Block Five: dates coming soon

What to bring - 

  • any medications need to be labelled and accompanied with written instructions in the event of an emergency

  • anyone 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.

Clothing -

  • bring long pants, outdoor clothing focused, layered approach recommended 

  • shoes - boots, hiking boots, slip on boots or very strong outdoor trainers, outdoor runners 

  • raincoat

  • extra outdoor socks and underwear, sanitary provisions if required 

  • gloves, beanie or warn hat plus thermals for June, July and August 

  • old jumper, fleece / warm jacket 

  • shirts, t-shirts, shorts for warmer months 

  • we provide 2 long sleeve work shirts per person

Equipment -

  • sunscreen and insect repellant 

  • blister prevention aids / band-aids 

  • outdoor gloves for prickle prevention when tethering camels to trees

  • tweezers for removing splinters

  • small scissors or nail cutters

  • bathroom / toiletries supplies

  • baby wipes / face wipes x 2 packets as showers are not possible whilst trekking 

  • small personal first aid kit 

  • head torch with spare batteries 

  • small backpack for carrying day supplies when out trekking 

  • 2 x 1L water bottles (or camelbak style of backpack with water bladder) so you can carry a minimum of 2 litres during the day when trekking with camels

  • bedding including pillow; we recommend sleeping bags rated to 0 degrees in warmer months, and - 5 degrees in winter months

  • Camel Treks Australia will loan comfortable swags for the duration of block dates; and can hire sleeping bags for a fee of $70  

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Booking Office

Back Track Adventures

222 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

cta@backtrack.com.au

Phone 07 3850 7651

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