A photo of Sydney, Australia.
A travel photo of Whitsunday Islands, Australia.
Today's bonus post on The Working Traveller is from Express Online Training. If you intend to work in the hospitality industry in Australia, in a position that requires you to serve alcohol, it is now mandatory to hold a current accredited Responsible Service of Alcohol RSA Certificate. EOT are currently offering this course online for A$17.
If you think the carrot has mystery, (though not so much that flowers are essentially tarts; prostitutes for the bees), then we have five help exchanges – ranging from stately homes to alternative lifestyles - for green fingered volunteers.
One of the things I love about doing these work exchange posts (and we have quite a few coming up in the next few months) is seeing all the wonderful and creative things people are doing around the world. Building projects are a prime example. Sometimes they are simply a means to an end but often a building project is merely the beginning and the structure created with your help will house a school for disadvantaged local children, an art installation or eco-friendly business or charity – often requiring their own volunteer helpers to keep going.
Alyson from Wales met Australian James while on holiday in Egypt. After moving in together in London they travelled the world, had a D and a Boo, and have since set off on their second round the world trip – this time with the whole family in tow. In between they lived in Port Douglas. Alyson tell us more:
Physically demanding work in hot weather isn’t everyone’s cup of tea which is why Australians tend to leave that sort of thing to others, dangling the self-picked carrot of a second Working Holidaymaker Visa in front of those helping to bring in the crops.
The Riverina tourist authorities once used to produce a handy guide to taking a working holiday in this region of NSW. While searching for it recently we came up short – the site now seems to focus on information for travellers who don’t need to break their backs harvesting crops – but we did find this downloadable PDF map that could be put to use in a job hunt in the area.
Making banana smoothies for the furry flying mammals is one of the many tasks assigned to volunteers at the Tolga Bat Hospital. Situated in a Queensland forest valley, volunteers are needed all year round for a minimum of one month. Other tasks include trips to the rainforest to release or capture the bats.
Last week we posted a big list of backpacker hostels and guesthouses where it may be possible to work for your keep. We had intended this to be one post only but Wordpress decided otherwise and we had to split it into two. In part one we listed hostel work exchanges in Europe, Asia and Africa, while today's list of work to stay possibilites can be discovered in North America, South America and Australia and New Zealand.