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Volunteer to go on holiday

Loggerhead sea turtle

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Previously I was writing about how the solution to global problems can often be worked on in our own backyards. But what if you’re feeling a little wanderlust, and want an excuse for a holiday?

There are lots of opportunities to travel while volunteering - you can help monitor baby sea turtles on a beautiful beach, or join a WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) team if you’re more in the mood for a treechange style holiday.

One of my favourite organic wineries takes on WWOOFers during the harvesting season. People help bring in the grapes and prepare them for bottling, then get time off to explore the region. You don’t get paid, but you do get free accommodation and meals. It’s not 5-star luxury, but there’s plenty of good food and good company to be had.

And there are places to do this all over Australia, and around the world. You can make a difference at the same time as you’re having a break from your job!

I don’t know about you, but I can get a bit bored on my holidays if all I do is laze around. I think a nature holiday where I’ve got a helpful task to do would make relaxing all the sweeter. So hands up - who wants to go on holiday right now?

Today’s volunteer opportunity
EarthWatch is a citizen research volunteer group - if you’ve got a thirst for knowledge then they’re the group for you. They take groups to assist scientists doing research into climate change, oceans and animals in some of the most exotic places around the world. They’ll teach you everything you need to know and rate their expeditions by the level of fitness required, which is handy for couch potatoes like me.