Health Sciences

Timor-Leste (Dili) - for Paramedicine students

Timor Leste is a developing country approximately 1 hour from Darwin by plane. In 2002 Timor-Leste gained independence. Violence had left the country and families torn apart, nearly 70 percent of all buildings, homes and schools were destroyed, and an estimated 75 percent of the population was displaced. According to the World Bank; educating, keeping healthy, and productively employing its young population are the biggest development challenges facing Timor-Leste in the next decade. With 60 percent of the population under 25 years of age, the demographics are overwhelming. Poverty remains persistently high, particularly in the rural areas where the majority of the population live. (

During this 10 day community engagement experience, students spend time at the Dili Ambulance Service providing much needed support and training for local staff. Students also participate in a Train the Trainer program designed to assist with education of the local attendants. Students are exposed to other areas of Timor Leste as part of a cultural awareness experience and to appreciate the Timor Leste health care system.

International study experience details

Proposed dates:Departs in late June, during the semester break.
Length of experience:2 weeks
Available places:Limited to 8 students
Offered to:Bachelor of Paramedicine final year students enrolled in PARA321
Language course:A Tetun Language Course is compulsory for this STISE and will run over 2 days in the weeks prior to your groups departure. The University receives language grants to cover the cost of the Course so there will be no fee involved for students.
Cost:Approximately $4,000 - $5,500

Included: Airfare and taxes, accommodation, local transport, airport transfers and ACU Travel Insurance for the period of the STISE.

Not included: Personal spending money, incidental items, food, gifts, sightseeing and departure taxes.

Note: Prior to departure you will need to allow for money to obtain your passport, visa’s (if applicable) and required/recommended immunisations.
Funding assistance - scholarships, loans and/or grants available:OS-HELP Loan: Australian Citizens with a current HECS/HELP debt may be eligible to apply for an OS-HELP Loan to fully fund the cost of the experience. Please see the main page under ‘Funding Assistance’ for further details.

ACU Vice Chancellors International Travel Grant: ACU Students can apply for a one time grant of $500 to assist with the financial costs of your study experience.

Note: Any scholarship and/or grant funding received by students is to be paid towards the cost of the STISE and students are responsible for paying any additional travel costs over and above funding payments received.
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