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Dreaming Project (Fiji) Progress Report and Vinaka Vaka Levu for 2010 fundraising achievement of $16,000!

Destination Dreaming Program Coordinator, Clint Miller, has returned from our final visit to Fiji for 2010. He provides a Dreaming Project progress report…

“Another amazing and successful trip to Fiji. It was certainly a different experience travelling solo- my final trip for 2010 was the first time in years that I have travelled to Fiji without an expedition or project team.

The past 8 days provided a fantastic opportunity to develop further project opportunities and consolidate progress to date. Not to mention a quiet surf at Cloudbreak one morning!
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Program Coordinator Clint Miller makes final Dreaming Project trip to Fiji for 2010

Destination Dreaming Program Coordinator, Clint Miller, has headed off to Fiji for our final visit of 2010, to consolidate this year’s Dreaming Project work.

Clint is to meet with the Fiji Government’s Head of Education, and has proposed a meeting with the Attorney General of Fiji regarding government support of health and education projects in rural Fiji.

Clint will also be consulting with potential builders in relation to the planned construction of a primary school in the Nasouri Highlands in 2011.

Earlier this year, Destination Dreaming funded the purchase and delivery of a water filtration system to a village in the Nasouri Highlands. This December visit will also involve a discussion with the village elders to plan the installation of a clean water system in the village in 2011.

With only 8 days in Fiji, Clint is not too optimistic about getting a chance to surf his beloved Wilkes Passage!

Program Manager Kate Miller leads UNESCO Program in Kenya

Destination Dreaming Program Manager, Kate Miller, left today for two weeks in Kenya, leading a project team from UNESCO Observatory at the University of Melbourne

Kate is working with UNESCO Observatory Director Lindy Joubert, and project leader Emmanuel Parsimei, Director of the Maasai Community Concern and Networking organisation, on a Maasai Cultural Village project in the Rift Valley.

The project team, comprising a professional architect, marketing expert and engineering, law and economics students, is conducting an initial design and investigation for a cultural village to preserve the crafts, heritage and skills unique to the Maasai people. The project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and build and nurture an active role for community members to preserve and promote their cultural skills.
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Positive Step Forward in Providing Adventure-Based Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Destination Dreaming has welcomed the Victorian Labour Party’s announcement that it will fund a Year 9 experience program should it be re-elected this Saturday.

The provision of experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom is invaluable. Such experiences develop independence, resilience, interpersonal skills and the confidence to persevere in challenging situations.

We are excited by the prospect that Victorian students may now have access to unique outdoor education experiences that are inaccessible within the confines of a classroom.

Destination Dreaming hopes that secondary schools may consider the opportunity to provide a community participation experience for Year 9 students, allowing students to contribute to connect with a community project and explore a diverse culture.

Tertiary Health Students Return from an Eye-Opening Program in Fiji

A group of health promotion and nursing students recently returned from 10-days in the remote Fijian highlands.

The students gained valuable pre-service experience and exposure to the unique issues presented by remote area and tropical health, as well as a life-changing cultural immersion experience.

The students consulted with a cross-section of stakeholders in the highland region, gathering data for a needs assessment informing a proposal for a nursing station in our host village. The expedition provided valuable support for a key Dreaming Project- the collaborative construction of a nursing station to address the lack of proximate health care in the village.

The visit, led by Destination Dreaming Program Co-ordinator Clint Miller, was successful in raising the awareness of the Fiji Military, who have pledged support in clearing the proposed construction site.

For further information on this Dreaming Project, or to coordinate a tertiary workplace training or research project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.