Australia is changing its visa rules so backpackers can help rebuild the country in the aftermath of bushfire devastation
A backpacker looks out over a field in Launceton, northern Tasmania.
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Australia is offering travelers ages 18 to 30 the chance to work in the country for a full year on a to help with bushfire recovery efforts.
On February 17, the government extended the length of the visa from six months to one year.
Young travelers from 40 partner countries with a high school education and working passport can apply.
The visa extension is part of a larger initiative by Australia to boost tourism in the wake of bushfire season and travel bans.
This year’s bushfire season in Australia has been described as one of the worst on record.
Over 46 billion acres have been charred, one billion animals killed, and 3,000 homes destroyed as of mid-February.
As Australia’s summer approaches its end, the fires have died down to isolated areas, and the process of recovering has begun – enter young, backpacking tourists.……
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