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 from 6-21 April 2019. 

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 invite those interested in learning and experiencing Aboriginal culture in the context of Vincentian spirituality to read the application brochure and consider applying. Please note that applications are open to current St Vincent de Paul Society members and volunteers aged 18-79. 

How to Apply

If you would like to be part of this program and are willing to share yourself and learn from our Indigenous brothers and sisters, please download and complete one of the application forms below. Applications are welcome from all current St Vincent De Paul Society members anywhere in Australia aged 18-79 years. Applicants must be willing to contribute to the running of the activities in the community, live simply for the duration of the program and work as a team!

Applications close on 16 November 2018.

Download the forms below