Be a volunteer ambassador with Bundaberg Tourism

Mayor Jack Dempsey with some of the Bundaberg Tourism volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
Mayor Jack Dempsey with some of the Bundaberg Tourism volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Photo: Bundaberg Tourism

If you're passionate about the Bundaberg Region and love to help others you could be perfect for Bundaberg Tourism’s volunteer ambassador role.

The position helps to promote the region to travellers passing through Visitor Information Centres in Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin.

According to Bundaberg Tourism spokesperson Chantele Nelson, volunteers perform a variety of tasks to help enhance the visitor experience.

“These tasks include general local knowledge sharing to visitors, assisting with telephone inquiries and bookings, merchandising and most importantly, a warm friendly face to welcome our visitors in our region,” she said.

“A lot of our volunteers find the role rewarding, especially knowing they have assisted someone in getting the most out of their visit to our amazing region.”

The organisation currently has 27 volunteers across the three Visitor Information Centres.

Ngaire loves her volunteer role with Bundaberg Tourism

One of those volunteers is Ngaire McRae, who has been helping in the Bundaberg office for 12 months.

“I started this role because I am semi-retired from nursing/midwifery and I wanted to do something where I could give back to the community,” she said.

“I love talking to people and I love travel. I have travelled extensively over the years, so when this volunteer opportunity arose I knew I had to go for it.”

Ngaire said becoming a volunteer ambassador was a rewarding position.

“I have met so many different people locally, from interstate and from around the world,” she said.

“Having that interaction with people and being able to utilise some of my talents as a social person has been wonderful.

“It's a place where you never stop learning and it's a place that makes me feel fulfilled. I can go home each day and think, ‘great, I have helped someone today'.”

Ngaire said the compliments she hears most from travellers about the Bundaberg Region is just how much there is on offer.

“Visitors are so surprised when we tell them about all of the things that can be seen or experienced,” she said.

“This role has even opened my own eyes up to all of the wonderful experiences we have here.

“We have many travellers exclaim ‘wow, I need to spend more time here' and that's the best part about this role … sharing information about our great region and making people want to stay a little bit longer.”