Australia - Cairns
The site is under construction, because we're still planning the trip. Here, you can read about our earlier trip to Australia.
The study trip to Cairns in Northern region of Queensland, Australia will provide the students with the opportunity to interact with the indigenous people of Australia as well as the descendants of the English immigrants, learning about the consequences of the English colonial influence on the aboriginal inhabitants of Australia. They will also experience the unique ecology and wildlife of Australia with focus on the quickly disappearing Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests, where we will learn about the impact of human interference in the different ecological spheres found in Australia.
The impact of the English Imperial period on the Aboriginal tribes
The Yirrganydji people was a group of Australian Aboriginals considered the original custodians of the coastal strip between Cairns and Port Douglas. In recent time, the different tribes have mixed but there is still a strong representation of aboriginals in the Cairns region. As a part of the cultural aspect we would like to examine the impact the arrival of the English had on the aboriginal societies and what it has done to them socially and economically over the years. We currently plan on establishing contacts with a local school and arrange for a couple of days of exchanging experiences - learning about the ongoing integration of the aboriginals and how they maintain contact to their own culture in the process.
The wildlife and ecology of Australia
Australia is home to some of the most amazing and unique wildlife on the planet. Cairns itself is nestled in- between amazing national parks and the marine wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. We would like to utilize this opportunity to look at the state of the ecology of Australia. Climate change and general human impact is changing not only the landscape we live in but also nature itself.
The Great Barrier Reef has become severely impacted by the climate changes and this could very well be the last call to see the reef in its original form. We plan on utilizing Fitzroy Island and the Marine World Platform on Moore Reef to explore the Great Barrier Reef and observe the changes occuring there.
The Wooroonooran National Park and Kurunda State Forest is currently the main focus regarding the wildlife and ecology of mainland Australia, where we will examine state of the native wildlife, the impact of introduced species and how humans have changed the ecology of different ecospheres.
Self-payment on the trip will be about 12.000 kr.
+ possibly a collective cancellation insurance - 350 DKK. Visa included, if you have a danish passport.
Pocket money: App. 1.000 kr. recommended