Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Homeless people in Sydney? Yes, there are hundreds of homeless people in Sydney and number seems to increase every year. These people living below the poverty line have various health problems and disabilities. They need short term support to get back on their feet. Mostly they are Australians, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealanders and others.

In this program, you will actively engage in the local community development by working with our local team, local restaurants and various food banks in Sydney. You will assist us to provide food for over 100 homeless people, while encouraging them and bringing hope to their lives.

During the week you will visit restaurants and food banks in the area to negotiate and get excess food items and donations. With the collected food items, you will prepare food for the homeless people. Once the food is prepared you will have the opportunity to distribute the food to the people in need. You will also get to talk to them, encourage them and inspire them achieve something more in life.

Our project aims at providing, haircuts, shower facilities as well as part time job opportunities for a few of them in the future.

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to provide food for the homeless people in Sydney who are unable to earn a living and encourage and support them till they can stand on their feets.

Schedule

Monday

On Monday morning, you will receive an orientation session on the project and your tasks and activities throughout the week. After lunch, you will start preparing food for the homeless at our center. In the evening, you will leave the center with the packed dinner for distribution. At our project site in Sydney, you will serve the food to the homeless people. After serving the food you will return to the center.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, you will visit Featherdale Wildlife Park in the morning, where you will have time to explore the unique flora and fauna in Australia. After the visit, you will come back to the center for lunch. After lunch you will start preparing and packing food for the evening food distribution for the homeless. Then you will leave for the project site and serve the food.

Wednesday

Today is for you to join a local group who cooks and serves food for the homeless. You will work with the local team in the food camp in preparing the food, packing and serving alongside the local participants.

Thursday

In the morning on Thursday, you prepare the food and pack them. In the evening, you will distribute them among homeless people. You will have time to interact with them and share experiences with each other.

Friday

On Friday you will visit food banks to get ingredients and food packing materials for the next week. After lunch, you will have free time to explore the city on your own.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:         Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:         None

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 should have parental consent and participants above 65 should have medical clearance to take part in this program.

Living & Location

Sydney is Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most liveable and beautiful cities. Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney also has some of Australia’s most famous surf beaches like Coogee and Bondi Beach, beautiful coastline scenery and easy access to Royal National Park, the world’s second national park. Beyond the beautiful coastline Sydney’s ethnically diverse streets are full of action, and home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the world’s most iconic structures.

Your accommodation is located in the peaceful suburban city called Beecroft in Northern Suburbs in Sydney 25 km from the Sydney central business district (25 to 30 minutes drive). You will be staying in the residential area where you can easily reach all the services and facilities such as supermarkets, ATMs, banks, shopping malls, and restaurants. There are many tourist destinations which can be reached within 25 - 45 mins drive from the House Center. Among them there are white sandy beaches where you can spend your free time, such as Bondi Beach, Manly beach, Coogee beach, and places of interest such as Sydney opera house, Darling harbour and many more.

Your Center is located in Beecroft, Greater Sydney, where you will be staying in comfortable dorm-style accommodation for the duration of the project. The center has a well equipped kitchen which you can use to store your food and make your own meals as per your wishes. And there is also cozy living room where you can hang out with the fellow participants, watch movies and spend time.

Food Arrangements

In this location, breakfast and dinner have to be self prepared and packed lunch will be provided during your project days. You can change the breakfast and dinner menu according to your wishes and share with the other participants and cook together.

During weekends, meals will not be provided. However, cold food will be available at the kitchen if you wish you stay at the center during the weekends.

The cooking facility will be available for you to prepare breakfast from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and for dinner from 6 pm to 8 pm only.

Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store your personal food and beverages.

Facilities

Facilities include first aid equipment as well as coordinator support. Supermarkets, cafes, shops, ATMs are available within 15 mins walk.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Your program will take place from Monday to Friday and weekends will be free for you to explore the city on your own. The places of interest and activities which you can visit during your free time include heritage sites, beaches, city centers, museums, walking tours and many more. Some of the interesting sites are as follows,

  • Town hall
  • Queen Victoria building
  • The strand arcade
  • Hyde park
  • Anzac war memorial
  • Sydney opera house
  • Sydney Harbour bridge
  • Australia museum
  • Library of NSW
  • Botanical garden
  • Old Hospital
  • Ferry to Darling Harbour
  • The Mint
  • The Rock
  • Bondi Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Manly Beach

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Australia

Population:        20 million

Capital:        Canberra

Language:        English

Currency:        Australian Dollar

Time zone:        (UTC +11). (UTC +10.5)

Country Information

Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the "Bush Capital." The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Climate

Australia is a continent that experiences a variety of climates due to its size. The temperature can range from below zero in the Snowy Mountains in south-east Australia to extreme heat in the Kimberley region in the north-west of the continent.

Due to the size of the continent, there is not one single seasonal calendar for the entire continent. Instead there are six climatic zones and this translates as two main seasonal patterns.

There is a Summer / Autumn / Winter / Spring pattern in the Temperate zone, also affecting the Desert and the Grassland climatic zones and, a Wet / Dry pattern in the tropical north which includes the Equatorial, Tropical and subtropical zones.

Depending upon where you are each Month, the season will vary on whether the weather is defined by the Temperate zone seasons or the tropical seasons.

Summer (December – February) During summer in Australia, the, average temperatures range from 18.6 - 25.8°C.

Autumn (March – May) Autumn is the mildest time of year in Sydney when the humidity drops and average temperatures fall between 14.6 - 22.2°C.

Winter (June – August) Sydney’s coolest average temperatures drop between 8.8 - 17°C (47.8 - 62.6°F).

Spring (September – November) In spring, days are warmer but the humidity is not as high as summer. Average daily temperatures range from 11 - 23°C (51.8 - 73.4°F).

Culture

Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country's landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country's food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience.

Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape.

This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energised, innovative and outward looking.

Gastronomy

Australia has a rich variety of foods and drinks, adopted and adapted since colonisation and developed as part of a multi-cultural society. What was once new and foreign has been transformed with new ingredients and styles into distinctly Australian food.

Innovations based on new ingredients created new recipes. New desserts, cakes and biscuits, such as pavlova, lamingtons and ginger biscuits went down well with a cup of tea, a near universal drink. Phrases like a 'billy of tea', and later additions such as Anzac biscuits and vegemite were added to the vocabulary.