This year I’ve got another opportunity to volunteer in Sydney Open event. It is one of the big events in Sydney, especially related to architecture and history. In one weekend only, Sydney opens its historical building, museum, private offices, which are not usually open to public. I volunteered for half-day only on Sunday, 04 November 2018 at 1 Shelley Street. It is an office of Macquarie Bank, which has been open since 2008. The building has received so many awards in particular for its diagrid construction. The open part of this building is ‘the street’ level, on first floor, which is an open atrium where people can meet.
Since I only volunteered half-day, I have the chance to visit other places too like Australia Museum, The Great Synagogue, 50 Martin Place, and KPMG office at International Towers Barangaroo.
My first stop was Australia Museum, where I found dinosaurs skeleton, history of Aboriginal and Australian, the Gadigal land and all things related to wildlife and animals (frozen).
My second stop was The Great Synagogue, where people still practise separate places for men and women to pray. It was good experience though, because I did not know that it was a synagogue before because its location is in between shopping places.
My third stop is 50 Martin Place. I think this is the most interesting place I visited on that day. They took visitors by transparent lift to the 11th floor. The 10th, 11th floor and rooftop outdoor terraces were opened for the visitors.
My fourth stop is my volunteering place ‘1 Shelley Street’. There I volunteered from 12.30 until 15.30. I have the chance to visit the fifth stop KPMG office which is next door after my shift finished.
I get many advantages from volunteering in Sydney Open 2018:
- I can access those buildings for free, because all volunteers get a wristband as an entrance ticket. The ticket price for adults are $49..which I don’t have to pay 😊
- I get a complementary museum pass as a reward.. yayy I can visit some more museum like Museum of Sydney which I haven’t been to.
- I win a ballot for Tank Stream tour, which mean I get another free tour to visit Sydney underground water tunnel.
- It is good for your CV as well 😊
Above all which I have mentioned, I met new people, making new friends, new network, visit new places, see different things, and see how Sydney Living Museums organised such a big event in the city. I will definitely volunteer again next year. See you again in Sydney Open 2019! .. hopefully.. finger crossed !