Doing community work at Eidsvold with other QUT students
Last November after exam I joined QUT Big Lift for a road-trip to regional Queensland. It was an amazing trip that I will never forget.
We spent six days at Theodore, Eidsvold and Cherbourg for local community work and then spent one day at Bundaberg to see turtle lying eggs and had a surfing lesson.
Those regional towns are different from Brisbane in many aspect. First there aren’t lots of population there and the highways are usually quite empty. Second most of the young generations move to the city, leaving the older generation behind. Last but not least, there are quite a few Indigenous communities in regional Queensland.
Our volunteer projects usually consisted of 10 people and we did a lot of needs-based voluntary projects. For example, visiting local nursing houses, gardening for local residents, painting the wall for Eidsvold Showground and fixing the fences for a poetry society. As I spent 9 whole days with all the participants, I made a lot of friends after the trip and still keep in touch with them now.
Having meal with other volunteers
A relaxing afternoon at a creek
If you also want to experience regional Queensland, give back to the local community and make friends at the same time, come and hop on the Big Lift bus this November. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!