U.S. Exchange Student and Animal Behaviour Major, Corey Kreidler is a step closer to realising his dream career of becoming a zookeeper after spending a semester at UQ and immersing himself in everything Brisbane has to offer, including volunteering at iconic Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and with global wildlife warriors, the Irwin family at Australia Zoo!
When Corey Kreidler, from Newark, New Jersey considered the university exchange student experience, he had two conditions at the top of his list. Corey wanted to visit Australia, the home of his childhood idol, The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Additionally, the 21 year old was looking for a college experience that offered a ‘welcoming vibe’ with a global community and his own room.
At International House (IH) on-campus at The University of Queensland (UQ) Corey found a semester of memories he will never forget!
Corey: I learned about the opportunity to volunteer at Lone Pine while researching where I wanted to study abroad. As an animal behavior major, I hoped to get as much hands-on experience working with animals as possible to prepare for a career as a zookeeper. At the sanctuary I assisted keepers with food preparation, cleaning, and helping visitors. I was able to work with a wide variety of Australian natives including koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, wombats, and echidnas. It was an amazing experience that helped me learn so much about native wildlife as well as the hard work and dedication that goes into being a zookeeper.
As a budding zoologist, the opportunity to learn more about Brisbane’s unique fauna, flora, and people was a key component of Corey’s decision to come to UQ on exchange. Corey used his time after classes to perform work experience at The Australia Zoo. Many tasks involved diet preparation, enclosure cleaning, and assisting customers.
Corey: While similar to the work I did at Lone Pine, I appreciated working at the zoo as I felt it was great practice in customer service. Many of the tasks were focused on helping visitors have the best experience possible which I enjoyed doing. At The Australia Zoo, I was also able to meet my childhood heroes the Irwins on multiple times! It has been amazing to grow up watching the zoo on T.V. and then have the opportunity to work there with the chance of appearing on T.V. myself!
Life at International House
Corey: I heard about IH through my exchange program IFSA-Butler. It was highly recommended by them as a place where I could join a community. One thing that stood out to me when I first arrived at IH was how welcoming and friendly all the staff and students were! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet new friends from around the world which was made possible by the inclusivity vibe emitted from everyone at IH. Being so far from home this made it so much easier for me to establish a new home in Australia.
Everyone Gets Their Own Bed at IH!
Corey: Amazing! One of my least favourite things about university back home was having to share a room with someone. I loved having a space to call my own where I could enjoy privacy and study in peace!
Gain a Global Advantage at IH Corey: The people you meet at IH are what makes it unique. IH is a global community where you have an amazing opportunity to learn about other cultures from the people who live them. Living at IH also allows international students to engage with domestic students, helping them learn more about the host country they are studying at.
Corey decided to learn more about traditional Australian culture at an Indigenous workshop, where he made his own didgeridoo from a hollowed out eucalyptus branch.
Corey: I stripped off the bark and sanded down the branch to form the instrument. I learned to play the didgeridoo before coming to Australia to add a unique sound to my churches’ worship band. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to learn more about aboriginal culture and wanting a one-of-a-kind souvenir!
Corey playing the didgeridoo he made himself at an Indigenous workshop.
Corey says IH is an ‘awesome Aussie home’ Corey: At IH you will meet lifelong friends who can help you feel less homesick. The IH staff are all super friendly and willing to help with anything you need. IH is a great place for first-year students adjusting to life at Uni.
IH in 1 Word Corey: Family
Did Corey pick up any ‘Aussie’ customs? Corey: I’m saying “no worries” a lot! I also hope to make fairy bread the next big thing in the U.S.
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