Vinnies volunteers visit remote Indigenous community
Have you ever wanted to learn more about life in remote Australia? Are you curious to experience the reality of the lives of Indigenous Australians at first hand? Do you want to give something back to the community while forging experiences, memories and friendships to last a lifetime?
Since 2004, the St Vincent de Paul Society has run an annual Immersion Program to the remote Indigenous community of Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa), in the far north-west of the Northern Territory. It is an intensive two-week immersion experience that gives volunteer participants the opportunity to experience what it is like to live in a remote community and what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.
A group of St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers from across Australia visits the community during the school holidays at the end of the wet season (late March-early April), when Nganmarriyanga’s school-age children and youths are in greatest need of a school holiday activity program. While visiting the community, the group spends some time in the local school and runs activities for young people during the Easter school holidays.
The Immersion Program is a great way to give something back to a community in need. But, based on what we’ve seen over a decade of running the program, we’re confident our volunteers come away having gained more – in experiences, memories, knowledge, friendships and personal growth – than they could possibly give.
Applications for the Immersion Program typically take place in the second half of the year but enquiries can be made to organisers at any time.
The 2014 Immersion Program
Information for applicants (Word Document)
How to apply
Application program for electronic completion (Word Document)
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2014 PROGRAM