This New Initiative Lets Australians Adopt Stranded Backpackers during COVID-19 Lockdown
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Last updated - 02:15 AM
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We’ve previously written about the challenges that are mounting for backpackers in Australia as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns. Many are without jobs and are quickly running out of money with no way to get home because of surging plane tickets or border lockdowns. Backpackers need help right now and it looks like some Australians are coming to their aid.

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A new social media initiative was started to encourage Australian residents to “adopt a backpacker” in order to help the people who are stranded in Australia with very little money and no way of getting home.

Travellers who are without accommodations can be offered anything from spare rooms to camping sites and in some cases can even get jobs through the “adopt a backpacker” program.

The program was created by Miguel Enrique Fuentes and Nikki de Weerd who launched “Adopt A Backpacker” Facebook groups in Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia.

“With everything that is going on in the World with COVID-19, we would like to help out travellers/backpackers that don’t have enough resources to rent or find a place to stay,” the pair describes in the group’s bio.

The groups now have thousands of users who are posting daily, Fuentes and de Weerd aren’t done yet. The duo are also working to create an official website as well as a mobile app to recruit more people in the hopes of expanding the program outside of Australia.

So if you’re stranded in Australia right now, go over to their Facebook pages and see if you can find someone to adopt you! 

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