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1. Australia - IVP Australia
Begin:September 1, 2003, End: October 30, 2003 

Topic: Enviroment
Campcode:OZ-6.1
Cattai, NSW
Men of the Trees is an international society for the planting and protection of trees that follows the inspirational work of Richard St Barbe Baker. The Cattai branch is 80 km west of Sydney and have been active in the Hawkesbury region for many years. They have successfully re-established reserves of native flora and wildlife corridors on many sites in the area. 

Work: Volunteers will assist with tree planting, weeding and watering, nursery work. Five different locations around the Hawkesbury River including National Parks. Reasonable level of fitness required. 
Study: Australian native flora and ecology. This camp is part of IVPís Greening Asia programme. 
Accommodation: In a large hall (Field Studies Centre), mattresses on the floor. Bring sleeping bag.
Number of Volunteers: 12 

 

 


2. Australia - IVP Australia
Begin:September 27, 2003, End: October 10, 2003 

Topic: Children, teenagers, elderly people
Campcode:OZ-5.1
Townsville, North Queensland 
Shalom Christian College is an innovative school for Aboriginal and Islander Students, located in Townsville, North Queensland (2270km north of Sydney). Indigenous students from remote communities live at the school. Shalom Community comprises a primary and high school as well as an adult learning centre and a nursing home for elders. It is set up to create community-based responses to educational needs. The schoolís funding base is drawn from the Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. 

Work: The first week will be during the school holidays. Volunteers will assist with renovation and maintenance of the school grounds. In week two, volunteers will assist with classroom activities, reading and literacy programs and sporting activities with the students. 
Accommodation: In a small cottage in school grounds. Meals will be provided by the school. 
Study: Aboriginal Culture, Reconciliation within the Aboriginal community. 
Qualification: A limited number of volunteers will be selected from outside Australia. Volunteers must be able to communicate fluently in English. Previous volunteering experience essential. A one page motivation letter must accompany the volunteerís application form and show some knowledge of indigenous issues.
Number of Volunteers: 12 

 

 


3. Australia - IVP Australia
Begin:October 1, 2003, End: October 31, 2003 

Topic: Art, culture, history
Campcode:OZ-9.1
Katoomba, NSW
Gundungurra are the indigenous people from the Blue Mountains region. They formed a Tribal Council several years ago and have been working to locate and re-unite people of the tribe and lobby for recognition of their rights. They receive assistance from Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre and from local residents through the group Friends of Gundungurra Tribal Council. Last year a building and several hectares of land was donated to the Tribal Council. It is situated on a ten hectare site near famous scenic tourist places. 

Work: Volunteers will work on the building with minor repairs, painting and cleaning, as well as in the grounds with such work as planting, weeding and bush-regeneration. 
Study: Aboriginal issues including Reconciliation. There will be plenty of interaction with local people and some sight-seeing and cultural events. Optional 2-3 day camping trip with Aboriginal guide at end of workcamp at minimal cost. 
Accommodation: Dormitary style at Gundungurra Tribal Council. Sleeping bag required
Number of Volunteers: 12 

 

 


4. Australia - IVP Australia
Begin:November 1, 2003, End: November 30, 2003 

Topic: Antiracism, antifascism, refugees and ethnic minorities
Campcode:OZ-1.1
Melbourne, Ceres
Located in a Melbourne's inner suburb, CERES is a community environmental project that supports sustainability, social equity, cultural richness and community participation. Every year it organises "The Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival" involving all the ethnic communities living in the area. The festival ends with a ceremony where members from the aboriginal group of Wurundjeri as the traditional land owners hand to representatives of all the communities a gum leaf to signify that everyone is welcome to partake of this land. 

Work: Volunteers will help organise the festival and make huge puppets that will be used during the final ceremony. 
Accommodation: Basic dormitary style accommodation. Sleeping bag required. 
Qualification: Multi-cultural issues.
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