Since 2004, the St Vincent de Paul Society has run an annual Indigenous Immersion Program for its members and volunteers to the remote community of Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa), in the far north-west of the Northern Territory.
It is an intensive two-week immersion experience of what it is like to live in a remote community, providing insights into what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.
The next program will run soon.
When visiting the community, the group will spend some time in the local school and run activities for young people during the school holidays. They will also experience aspects of daily life in the community and its commemoration of Holy Week. The group spends time reflecting together and individually on their experiences, including consideration of how these might inform Society responses to the needs of local Aboriginal people and communities.
We will invite those interested in learning and experiencing Aboriginal culture in the context of Vincentian spirituality to apply. Please note that applications will be open to current St Vincent de Paul Society members and volunteers aged 18-79.