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From New Zealand to Remote Fiji for Father and Son

Destination Dreaming’s Program Director Clint Miller, led our first Family Tree Program for 2012 in April.

Clint was joined in the Fijian highlands by father and son, Tony and Matt, from Rotorua in New Zealand. Over 7 days, Tony and Matt immersed themselves in the local village life; learning about the family-oriented community, participating in a traditional welcoming ceremony, rafting on a bamboo bili bili, trekking and spending time in the local kindergarten.

Listen to Tony and Matt talking about their experience in the clip below:

At the conclusion of the program, 51 year old Tony said ‘Clint is a great leader and facilitator. The Fijian village experience was an opportunity of a lifetime and the people are so friendly. I highly recommend Destination Dreaming to any father wanting to connect with their children. 19 year old Matt said that ‘it was an enlightening experience and I can’t wait to come back.’
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Video Promo in Preparation for Scotch Oakburn’s Second Visit to Timor Leste

Scotch Oakburn College student Brianna Bartley has created a YouTube clip that captures her experiences in Timor Leste in 2011. Brianna was a member of the first group of students and staff from Scotch Oakburn College to visit their new partner school in Timor Leste, on a Community Partnership program run by Destination Dreaming.

Check our her clip that is being used to promote and gather support in Launceston for their partner school in Timor, in preparation for the next Scotch Oakburn service program in September this year.

Destination Dreaming Programs Featured on ‘Go Teaching’

Destination Dreaming has been featured on Go Teaching, a new website discussing education news and opportunities for teachers and education executives.

Program Director Kate Miller, was interviewed for the article discussing our approach to re-connecting students who are becoming isolated by social media and the consequent lack of real human connections.

The feature article serves to highlight opportunities for teachers to use experiential, community-based programs to teach students about global citizenship, social justice and achieve personal development outcomes.

You can read the article at the Go Teaching website by clicking here.

Term 1: Kicking Off at Home and in Nasivikoso’s New Primary School

It’s wonderful to be starting another school year. We hope you are excited as both Destination Dreaming and the village of Nasivikoso are to be kicking off 2012.

Today is a special day for the village of Nasivikoso, Destination Dreaming and the many program participants and supporters who have contributed to the construction of the village’s first primary school. Today class begins for students in grades 1 to 3. Instead of walking over 2 hours to the closest primary school and saying goodbye to their family for the entire week, the young students will walk a couple of hundred metres to their brand new village school.

Heading back to Nasivikoso in April is just one of the programs we’re looking forward to in early 2012. Also in April will see a 6-day program in Maasailand, Kenya and a visit to the Sunshine Coast as part of the AHISA Conference.

Have a wonderful week- look forward to hearing from many of you keen to get involved in a program this year.

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas…

Merry Christmas everyone. Best wishes for a wonderful 2012, may it be your best yet.

It has been a big year at Destination Dreaming- a few of the highlights:

  • two government funded programs for Queensland youth
  • a new program in West Arnhem Land, a wonderful new partnership with the Encouragement House in Timor
  • approval of the primary school construction in Fiji
  • continuing our work with indigenous youth through our affiliation with Beyond Billabong
  • finalist honor at the Cool Company Awards

Looking forward to another amazing year in 2012.

With best wishes,
Kate and Clint

Destination Dreaming Joins with CreatiVITI Fiji and WWF Partner Scuba Bula

Are you looking for an amazing new learning opportunity in 2012? We are excited to be partnering with two fantastic Fijian organisations in the coming year. Schools and community groups will now have the opportunity to support traditional art and craft education, or combine reef conservation with a diving experience.

In 2012, we are looking forward to linking local schools with rural Fijian schools, to deliver a series of art workshops. As art is not currently part of the Fijian curriculum, this is an extremely valuable project that will see Australian students engaging with their Fijian peers, to create art pieces reflecting their respective cultures and stories. We will be facilitating this program beside CreatiVITI Fiji, a Fijian, not-for-profit arts and craft organisation that promotes traditional Fijian art. Read more

How We Won the Official Title of ‘Cool Company’

November has been one exciting month. Last Thursday night we rose above a field of over 700 nominations to be recognised as one of three finalists in the Social Capitalist Award. The Cool Company Awards are Anthill Magazine’s vehicle for celebrating Australian organisations that are doing things differently to bring about positive change.

The magazine describes ‘Social Capitalists’ as those companies, which successfully apply commercial principles to social issues and achieve lasting, sustainable success. Finalists need to have demonstrated the ability to address a targeted social need in an organised, innovative and entrepreneurial way.

Anthill Magazine said that Destination Dreaming, ‘differs from many ethical-travel initiatives because, rather than providing a one-off, cookie-cutter experiences, it works to develop ongoing relationships between the communities and Australian school and other groups.’ And that’s pretty cool. Read more

Laying the Foundation for Nasivikoso Primary School, Fiji

This Monday the 11th of November was a very special day for Destination Dreaming and Nasivikoso, the Fijian village we have been working with since 2004. We were honoured to be a part of the foundation laying ceremony for the Nasivikoso Primary School. We joined with the village to bless the school site and pour the first load of concrete. An amazing moment, that wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful support of our past participants and supporters in Australia. Vinaka vaka levu. Read more

Tassie Students Learn From Community Life in Timor Leste

During the September school holidays, nine students and two teachers from Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston ventured into the highlands of Timor-Leste on their inaugural Community Partnership Program. The group stayed with the Encouragement House in Maliana and delivered an English tutoring program for one of the local high schools. Staying at the Encouragement House, a boarding house for rural students, was a highlight. Kelsey said ‘my favourite part of the trip was spending time at the Encouragement House… and the river trips in the truck.’ Andrew described his experience as ‘…the most fulfilling and enjoyable ten days of my life…it is very rare that you can reflect on a week of your life knowing you wouldn’t change a moment of it.’

The program was a huge success, and thanks go to the incredible people at the Encouragement House, Robert Dickson, Maliana One High School, Tania Deguara and Andrew French and the nine champion students of Scotch Oakburn College.

Four Days of Action and Adventure for Queensland Youth

Destination Dreaming facilitated a second Life in Action Program for Community Solutions this Winter holidays. Teenagers from the Sunshine Coast spent four days engaging in sport and recreation and life skills activities in beautiful Currimundi.

Funded by the Queensland Government, the program was designed to provide young people access to a health and wellbeing program. Program Co-ordinator, Clint Miller, said ‘it was fantastic to run a program for young people in my own backyard. It was wonderful to see these kids have access to this form of program and to be able to share their experiences.’