Meaningful Projects to Help People and the Environment
A community service project adds an important depth to vacations. People engage with their destination while they are simultaneously helping the community. They transition from being a visitor to a contributor, which changes their perspective of themselves and their place in the world.
Small World Journeys partners with respected local grassroots organisations to contribute to important ongoing projects and provide a true service to the community.
Our tours that include a community service component include:
12 Days / 11 Nights
An Outdoor Adventurer's Paradise
Trips starting from: $2485 per student
Reef and Marine Studies
6 Days / 5 Nights
Marine Science in Paradise
Trips starting from: $1085 per student
Sustainability and Service
8 Days / 7 Nights
An Adventure That "Green" Dreams Are Made Of
Trips starting from: $1695 per student
Or combine these activities into your custom educational tour in Australia:
Monitor Tree Re-Growth at JCU Research Station
In the heart of the longest continually growing rainforest on earth lies the Daintree Rainforest Observatory. Here your community service work involves monitoring the progress of tree growth that is part of a university re-vegetation project. Students are taught how to use a clinometer, how to measure herbivory, and how to collect the vital data needed by the university to check the success of the project. Students learn how biologists do field work, and their data contributes to a local environmental project.
Seed Propagation in the Rainforest
In the Barron River riparian zone lives two endangered species, and your help with seed propagation in this area allows this degraded area to be regenerated. Collect seeds, then visit a seed nursery and help “baby” seeds regenerate the rainforest.
Volunteer Work at Wildlife Park
At a wildlife park, help sick, orphaned and injured wildlife in line with the park’s goal of re-releasing them into the wild. Here you get behind-the-scenes with the animals, staying overnight in the park after it has closed to visitors. You interact with Aussie animals–like kangaroos, emus and koalas–but also do service work that helps keep the wildlife care centre going (like cutting eucalyptus leaves for the koalas’ feeding, repairing animal enclosures, or helping build walkways).
Plant Native Trees in Degraded Areas
Give back to the community by planting native trees in areas that have been damaged by agriculture or development. By digging, planting, mulching and watering, you get to meet some local Australians, help the environment, and leave a living memory of your visit.
Monitor Reef Health at The Great Barrier Reef
Participate in Eye on the Reef–a community-based initiative developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). With a marine biolgist guide, you use waterproof data collection slates that provide visual cues on what to look for. Your data is collected and sent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Your work then contributes to the ongoing efforts of both Small World Journeys and GBRMPA to regularly monitor reef health at Fitzroy Island.
Harvest a Student Permaculture Garden
Join local high schoolers in their permaculture garden. This is a garden designed and created under permaculture principles (agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies) completely by the students themselves. Plant or harvest fruits and vegetables and make new Aussie friends at the school.
Paint or Build at a Local School
Meet local Aussie kids on a school visit simultaneously helping the school improve its buildings and grounds. This is a chance to interact with local Aussie students, and be a part of ongoing service projects.
Marine Debris Service Project
Give back to the community by helping clean up a section of coastline indentified as a “marine debris hotspot”. With the help of your marine debris identification manuals, you will collate data on what you find, which is submitted it the National Marine Debris Database. This database is then used by industry, educational facilities, local, state and federal government agencies and other community groups for research and education as well as to help in finding ways of reducing marine debris in the local area. Students also learn how their their data helps support local non-profit organisation’s efforts to affect major organizations and companies’ policies.
Interested, But Don’t Know Where to Start?
Even if you don’t see your group’s interest above, chances are we can make it happen. Our trips are hand-crafted for those who cannot find exactly what they want from the inflexible set itineraries of large tour operators.
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