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Samoan Adventure, Culture and Rugby for 23 Melbourne High Students

Talofa Lava,

Over 11 nights and 12 days during the school holidays, 23 Melbourne High School students, two teachers/Rugby Managers, one very brave parent, an inspirational Rugby/Life Coach and a very lucky Destination Dreaming Expedition Leader travelled to Samoa. The school group travelled on a 12-day Destination Dreaming Sports/Service tour to experience a combination of adventure, culture, education and sport. Read more

Destination Dreaming Staff Are Flat Out For the Month of April!

Highlights include:

Melbourne High School students are heading to Jabiru on a cross-cultural/community service expedition, led by Expedition Manager Kalen Schloss. Stay tuned for an expedition report later this month.

Program Manager Kate Miller is leading a 4-week vocational training and life skills program for young Aboriginal women from Mornington Island in outback QLD.

Program Coordinator Clint Miller is touring Samoa with the Melbourne High School Rugby team. The inaugral tour will see the boys meet the Samoan Prime Minister, as well as playing against local schools and working in rural and coastal villages.

Keeping the dream alive…

Destination Dreaming’s Program Manager Kate Miller’s adventure in Maasailand, Kenya

Kate has returned from a trip leading the UNESCO Observatory Maasai Cultural Village Project for OzQuest.

The project team spent two weeks alongside the Maasai Community Concern and Networking organisation (MACCONET) in the Rift Valley, led by Kate, MACCONET Director Emmanuel Parsimei and UNESCO Observatory Director Lindy Joubert. The team spent time engaging in Maasai culture, including attending church, a goat slaughter, a performance by the dance group and shopping at the local market.
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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.

Caloundra State High School 2006

In September 2006, a third group of staff and students from the Caloundra State High School community set out on a Destination Dreaming Cross-Cultural Learning Program.

The program involved spending time in both the highlands of Fiji and on the island of Waya in the Yasawa Islands. The group explored coastal and highland environments, the Fijian language, local food and ceremonies.

An important part of the trip was formalising the relationship between Caloundra State High School and Natutale Primary School. The Principal of Natutale Primary School and Caloundra State High School teacher Tracey Fox signed a formal adoption of a sister school relationship, followed by a kava ceremony and presentation of educational resources members of the Caloundra schooling community had donated.

Some of the highlights for students were: trekking through the mud with local teenagers their own age to visit an ancient cave system, joining local fishermen on a night boat trip to catch food for the following day, and cooking fish over the fire after fishing by a remote swimming hole in the highlands.

To see a selection of program photos, click here to visit the album on Facebook.

Caloundra State High School cultural immersion in Fiji