**This opportunity is available to OT students only**

Communities of L’Arche Australia are places where people with and without the lived experience of intellectual disability share life and grow in friendship. Some of these friendships have endured over decades and have significantly impacted both the individuals themselves and the communities in which they live. Friendships in L’Arche grow over time, through shared interests and activities, participation in community events, being there for one another in times of joy and struggle, praying together, and usually involve many cups of coffee and slices of cake.

It is through the cultivation of friendship between people of differing gifts, limitations, capacities and ways of being in the world, that L’Arche carries out its mission to give a valued place in society to people who often suffer exclusion, and diminishment of their dignity and rights.

L’Arche Australia is currently working to record some of these stories of friendship as a way of honouring the contribution of people with an intellectual disability to the creation of a more just and inclusive society.

The role

As a student you will be required to:

  1. Work with a pair of friends to listen to and record their story.
  2. Use appropriate media to record the story that best reflects the person
  3. Participation in the life of the community will be encouraged, by invitation to designated community events.
  4. Provide the completed work to L’Arche Australia (Note: The completed work will be the property of L’Arche Australia).


  • Good communication skills.
  • Completion of the Application Form.
  • Working with Vulnerable People card.
  • Read and sign the L’Arche Australia Code of Conduct.
  • Attendance at an induction session.

When and where

Students will either conduct conversations with a pair of friends at their local L’Arche community in person or online (depending on where the student is based and in line with current COVID restrictions in each state). You will be allocated to work in a community in one of the following locations: Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart or Adelaide. You will have a community contact person in your designated location, usually the community leader.

Your hours of work will be agreed with the pair with whom you are working, in consultation with the community contact person.

Applications are currently closed

Students may choose to work in pairs if they wish. If you would like to do this, please have the first student in the pair apply with their details via the link below. They should then provide all the details of the second student in the ‘Notes’ section before submitting their application form.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.

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ACU's policies and procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read these policies prior to commencement.

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