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Australia/New Zealand AdventureAustralia/New Zealand Adventure

Our 26-Day Hotel Tour of Australia and New Zealand

Community Service Projects

Throughout our time in New Zealand and Australia we will also have several opportunities to help local communities, including coastal stabilization projects, helping disadvantaged families and individuals, tree planting in environmentally sensitive areas, and data collection at the Great Barrier Reef. Upon completion of the Australia and New Zealand Adventure, each participant will receive a certificate recognizing 20 hours of community service. All projects are performed together by the entire group.

Auckland City Mission

Auckland City Mission

While Kiwis generally enjoy a high standard of living, there are still many families and individuals who may be experiencing a temporary setback. While in Auckland we will visit a center that seeks to provide health and social services to marginalized members of the population. Our group will be involved in general maintenance, administration, sorting, and food packing. It is important that by meeting with local Kiwis our teenagers will get a better sense of how New Zealand attempts to serve its population through social services.


Tauranga Bay Coastal Stabilization

Tauranga Bay Coastal Stabilization

Today we will contribute to a vital coastal stabilization effort in Tauranga Bay, where sand dunes play an important role in protecting the natural habitats of the endangered New Zealand Dotterel. Ongoing building along the coastline continues to negatively affect their habitat. Our project will be to plant native sea grasses which help restore the dunes. By working with local volunteers, we will know that we are helping New Zealand’s environment and leaving Tauranga Bay in better shape for future generations.


Surfers Paradise Outreach

Surfers Paradise Outreach

Australia is known for its strong social services, but there are individuals and families that often fall between the cracks. Today we will help a local charity with its outreach efforts for the local homeless community. We may be asked to package necessities such as toiletries and food, put together toy and care packages for children, and help serve afternoon tea. With this project our focus is on our teenagers learning gratitude, generosity, and compassion by helping less fortunate members of the community.


Kuranda Seed Propagation and Tree Planting

Kuranda Seed Propagation and Tree Planting

This morning our guide will discuss with the group the loss of biodiversity and habitats for a range of species due to agriculture and development. Our project includes planting native trees to help moderate temperature and humidity and to create the proper environment for other plants and animals.


Great Barrier Reef Species Identification and Data Collection

Great Barrier Reef Species Identification and Data Collection

Our marine naturalist will discuss with us the impact humans and natural processes have on the reef. We will learn how to use waterproof species ID cards to collect data on outer reef organisms and coral bleaching. During a timed snorkel session we will record our underwater findings, specifically looking for coral predators and bleaching that greatly affect the health of the reef. Ultimately, our data collection is turned in and used by the Marine Park Authority to manage the long-term sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef.

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