Is a freelance writer and school teacher living in Adelaide. On weekends I like to get out and explore with my family. I love travelling and have lived in various cities.
If you have a desire to make the world a better place or are interested in contributing to environmental protection then voluntourism may be for you. I first came across voluntourism while trekking in South America and I decided then and there that my next family trip would have a voluntourism component. Most voluntourism experiences are not suited to a weekend as they are run over at least a week. But, there is one weekend opportunity I have found.
If you are interested in the environment or even have teenage children looking at the possibility of employment in this area then the Biosphere Expedition taster days might be a good way to spend a day.
The taster days are run on a Sunday and there are 2 options this year
Melbourne: 21 October 2012 Sydney: 28 October 2012
The day involves assisting scientists with wild life field research and ultimately, conservation. Don't worry if you have no skills or experience in this area as you will learn as you go. This is a great activity to involve middle and high school age children too.
Experiences will involve using maps, GPS and compasses, you may be collecting data by reading animal tracks and signs. As you have a nature guide in the group you also learn about the environment and history of the park as well as conservation work underway. Both bushwalking and kayaking are involved in these sampler days.