Small World Journeys offers eco-friendly customised educational tours for high school and middle school and university groups. Their multi-day educational trips in Australia celebrate the Aussie icons and the wonders of the natural world, led by expert guides.
Naturalist guides open up a world of wildlife. Indigenous elders teach about their traditions and culture or how to find medicinal plants in the Rainforest. Marine biologists teach about the wonders of the sea. Eco-lodge owners open their doors, professors lend their expertise, and educators give special talks to Small World Journeys student groups.
Educational groups are particularly well catered for; Small World Journeys offers community service projects, cultural interactions and learning opportunities that students and teachers love. Think marine biology, rainforest ecology, and indigenous culture in fun, affordable packages.
How are they eco-friendly? They pay Sustainable Travel International to offset the carbon emissions from all of their trips, and support locally-owned businesses to keep income in the community. Small World Journeys also donates to environmental and community groups such as the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and Harold's House and with help of their partner Rainforest Rescue, a five-metre square plot of rainforest is adopted in the names of each group.
In Australia's far north, communities have taken great steps to protect some of the planet's best biodiversity as well as its rainforest peoples. On this educational excursion, you witness sustainability ventures in many forms: a rainforest eco-attraction, a grassroots indigenous tourism business, a wildlife rescue centre and a sailboat to the reef.
You experience natural areas, such as snorkelling The Great Barrier Reef or riding a cable car over the rainforest canopy, that are celebrated for their biodiversity and are protected because of their ecological importance. You also learn from other sources like sustainable boat tour operators and aboriginal elders the significance of sustainability and community involvement in their business ventures. Your guide provides insight into your surroundings and leads discussions throughout. A presentation from a climate change expert and a debate about a highly controversial environmental issue rounds out your sustainability studies. You also plant native trees as a way to exemplify an "eco-tourist" and leave the area a bit better than when you arrived.
Far North Queensland is rich with indigenous traditions, and a confluence of cultures brings together a strinking blend of art, language, dance, food and ceremony. On this tour, you discover similarities in Aboriginal culture as well as vast differences among the Tjapukai, Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Yidinji through talks, walks and fun activities. Authentic interactions with Aboriginal people reveal their respect for land and reverence for traditions long forgotten by indigenous people in other parts of the world. Share in the discovery of a 40,000 year old culture while enjoying gorgeous natural places of the tropics.
Far North Queensland is blessed with two UNESCO World Heritage areas — The Wet Tropics (of which the Daintree Rainforest is a part) and The Great Barrier Reef–both of which contain some of the planet’s best biodiversity. On this excursion, you learn about traditional land management from Aboriginal guides in the lush Daintree rainforest, and about contemporary land management from a marine biologist at the Great Barrier Reef.
You see first-hand the impacts of both natural and human activity on these two ecosystems, and you meet people who are striving to protect both flora and fauna in these special areas. This is perhaps the best way to get your students involved in hands-on activities with two case studies: two exceptional tropical biomes.