QLD call for voluntourists in wake of floods

first_imgCREW (Community Response to Extreme Weather) have put the call out for skilled volunteers to assist in the QLD flood relief effort earlier this week. Created in the wake of the devastating Brisbane storms in 2008, CREW saw the need for an emergency volunteer register and are utilizing this to manage the immense response from volunteers in the most recent disaster to hit the city. Speaking to ABC Radio Brisbane, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman thanked the volunteer effort thus far with 190,000 sandbags filled across Brisbane since Monday. Brisbane City Council has reported many offers from overseas of people willing to travel to the city to help out in the relief effort moving forward. ‘Voluntourism’ has increased in popularity in recent years and has been acknowledged as a true segment of the travel industry by companies such as ‘Adventure World’ who cater to volunteer experiences in their current China brochure. Carlita Foster-Hogg has travelled extensively as a ‘voluntourist’ offering assistance in both Kenya and Mexico over the years. “It’s a truly unique travel experience and one that is so fulfilling. Knowing that you are helping a community or environment that needs assistance so badly enhances the experience ten-fold. “Whilst in the past it’s also been about experiencing different cultures and countries, I am keen to work within my own country now and would be in QLD in a heartbeat if I had any skills that they required in the relief effort,” Ms Foster-Hogg shared. Please click here to register as a volunteer Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img

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