As this is our last news item for 2012, we wanted to highlight some of the wonderful work school communities around Australia have been involved in this year. We hope this gives you a little extra inspiration to take into your school activities for 2013.
In 2012 we were lucky enough to work with 112 wonderful young people and teachers from 8 school communities across Australia, New Zealand and England. Schools and community groups from Tasmania, Victoria, New Zealand and England joined us on community engagement and intercultural learning programs across Asia Pacific and Africa. In case you missed them during the year, check out the full story from each of these programs by clicking the relevant link:
- Round Square delegates from Scotch Oakburn College and Westfield School (all the way from the United Kingdom) connected with a remote school in the Ngong Hills, Kenya;
- The male members of the Goodrick Family headed to Fiji for a community engagement program;
- Sacred Heart College from Hobart connected with a Junior School in rural Timor;
- 14 delegates and co-Directors headed to Timor Leste for the fourth consecutive United Nations Youth Australia Pacific Project;
- St Michael’s Collegiate headed to Central Australia for their first program connecting with Yipirinya Primary School;
- A second group of staff and students from Scotch Oakburn College, including the College Principal, completed their second visit to their partner community in Timor Leste;
- Melbourne High School students visited their partner community in West Arnhem for the second consecutive year;
- Program Director Clint Miller trained two groups of indigenous employees at Xstrata Mine and led a four-week indigenous training program on behalf of Beyond Billabong.
We are so excited about the programs coming up for 2013, as the community partnerships of each of our client schools continue to grow and more young people have the opportunity to learn and engage with their peers across the world.
Keen to see your school on this list for 2013? Get in touch in the New Year to capture the amazing opportunities for your staff and students that arise through engagement with another community, and the critical life lessons for young people through getting outside the classroom to learn about themselves, culture and social justice.
Finally, best wishes from all here at Destination Dreaming for a fantastic summer holiday break and rewarding 2013.