Meaningful Projects to Help People and the Environment
A community service project adds an important depth to an tour. Students 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. Past community projects have included Eye on the Reef coral predator and bleaching monitoring, helping at a wildlife park, creating hygiene packs for the homeless and needy, planting native trees in a riparian zone with endangered species, and planting and harvesting a student permaculture garden.
Our tours that include a community service component include:
Ecosystems at Risk: Rainforests - 4 Days
4 Days / 3 Nights
Ecology and Geography Studies in the Tropical Rainforest
Trips starting from: $759 per student
Ecosystems at Risk: Reefs and Rainforests - 6 Days
6 Days / 5 Nights
Geography Studies at The Earth's Biodiversity Hot Spots
Trips starting from: $1395 per student
Biology Camp - 5 Days
5 days/ 4 nights
Our short camp packed full of biology activities
Trips starting from: $1169 per person
Biology Camp - 7 Days
7 days/ 6 nights
A Comprehensive Camp for Biology Students
Trips starting from: $1568 per student
Service Learning Adventure - 6 Day Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights
A Fun and Practical Community Service-Oriented Trip
Trips starting from: $1375 per student
Community Service & Sustainability - 9 Day Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Service Projects and Sustainability Learning in One Fun Trip
Trips starting from: $2226 per student
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Daintree Rainforest Service Project
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. For a trip that includes this service project, see Biology Camp
Eye on the Reef Service Project
During a trip to the reef, you receive in-water training on how to conduct the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Eye on the Reef Rapid Monitoring Survey. Your guide points out key features of the reef ecosystem and during a timed snorkel session you record your underwater findings. Your guide and waterproof slates help you identify a host of marine life and calculate benthic zone coverage. Most importantly, you look for signs of coral bleaching and coral predators which greatly affect the health of the reef. Your data is then collected and contributes to the central reporting system used by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to manage the long term sustainability of this UNESCO World Heritage area. Your group also compares your findings with long-term trend data, and your group ultimately receives a reef health report after your excursion that includes your contributions. For a trip that includes this service project, see Ecosystems at Risk
Help The Homeless & Needy
Students help the homeless and needy by making special bags for a local charity using recycled materials (which helps them save money!). Students then put in the bags food and hygiene items most needed by those living on the street, along with a handmade note of encouragement. The charity will then distribute the packs you make to those most in need. In addition, a charity representative will speak to the students about how members of the Cairns community become homeless, and how their gift will help those less fortunate in the community. For a trip that includes this service project, see Sustainability Studies
Overnight Volunteer Service Work at Wildlife Park
Get behind-the-scenes with animals when you stay overnight at a wildlife 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.
Learn to Save the World With Aquaponics
Students are facing an overpopulated world with immediate and global concerns over food security. This “aquaponics” (a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics) workshop will help the world at large by teaching students efficient ways to grow their own food without soil. Students learn how to build a simple aquaponics system they can re-create in their backyard or school. We can put special emphasis on chemistry, physics and/or sustainability topics as well during this one or two day workshop. For a trip that includes this service project, see Sustainability & Service
Environmental Service Project to Help The Great Barrier Reef
This service project involves working together to protect waterways, ocean and reef. By stencilling messages on drains, students contribute to raising awareness of urban stormwater pollution and its impact on the local marine environment. The colourful and creative designs are a pleasant way to remind the community that all rubbish drains to the ocean.
Save Endangered Species by Planting Native Trees
On this service project, your planting area is a ‘hotspot’ for biodiversity with several new endangered species, a rainforest frog (Myola frog) and a palm. Therefore your service work here is helping to protect a buffer zone to a World Heritage area. With shovels and gloves, you plant native trees to moderate temperature and humidity and to create niches for other plants and animals. By working with seedlings, digging, planting, and watering, you get to meet some local volunteers, help the environment and contribute to the community. You also leave a living memory of your visit. For a trip that includes this service project, see Sustainability & Service
Mangrove Study and Cleanup
Your guide and a raised walkway takes you through a critical mangrove ecosystem which is the breeding ground for many important aquatic species. Your guide teaches you about the interesting aspects of mangrove systems and their importance to the Great Barrier Reef. Then you visit one of the creeks that makes its way to the ocean via the mangrove ecosystems. You witness how household rubbish also often makes its way into these creeks and so you do your bit to clean up the waterway. You tally your “rubbish results” at the end and the team with the top results gets a prize. For a trip that includes mangrove studies , see Biology Camp
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 identified 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.
Small World Journeys staff and guides volunteer too!
Our community means a lot to us. That’s why we give our time to the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to help the turtles, stencil drains to help the reef, plant native trees, collect rubbish for Keep Australia Clean and participate in monthly outreaches to feed Cairns’ homeless and needy. Call us to discuss adding a community service project to your student trip.
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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