The Conversation Club Program, initiated in 2010, is a weekly program aimed at tackling under-employment in the Strathfield local government area by reducing social isolation experienced by non-English speaking local residents and building a sense of community. The program is delivered in partnership with Strathfield Council and Metro Assist.
Chatterbox Café is a weekly program for local residents and parents looking to improve their English language skills. The program is delivered in partnership with Strathfield Council and Homebush Public School.
Special Tutoring Assistance Program (STAP) is an after-school program aimed at helping students from various cultural and migrant backgrounds with their homework. STAP is a partnership between ACU, Metro Assist and Homebush Public School.
Founded in 2016, Kicking Goals Together (KGT) is a sport for development program that operates on the Brisbane Campus. KGT involves a soccer tournament running for 16 weeks in Semesters 1 and 2, and includes teams from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and international student cohorts.
Kedron State High School is located in Brisbane’s northside and has a large population of youth from refugee and migrant backgrounds. ACU Engagement partners with the school in supporting an afternoon homework club where students from these backgrounds can receive support for their homework tasks and assignments. Many of these students have been in Australia for less than five years.
The Atherton Gardens Homework Support program is a partnership between ACU and The Smith Family, and offers weekly after school homework support to local primary school students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds.
The Read To Learn Program (RTL) supports primary school children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds, who have also been identified as requiring additional support to develop their reading and literacy skills.
AVI is an Australian not-for-profit, secular organisation committed to achieving economic and social development outcomes across Asia, the Pacific and the world. AVI invites change by connecting people to share their skills, knowledge and experience through international pathways and networks. Combining their extensive cross-sector networks with an evidence-based approach, AVI projects contribute to economic, social and environmental change for communities in our region and beyond. They support and co-design locally driven initiatives that help stimulate sustained outcomes, and foster rewarding relationships between Australian students and their international peers. AVI works with individuals, organisations and communities in response to locally identified community priorities. Students will be making a contribution to local communities through project work, research and engagement with locally run development organisations in India and Indonesia from the end of Semester 2018, and Fiji from the end of Semester 1 2019.
Locations: Belize, Mexico, Thailand, Tonga, USA, Vietnam, Zambia
The Two Wolves: Abroad is an initiative of The Cardoner Project, a Young Adult Ministry of the Jesuits. Their mission is to deepen the whole person: the human, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions of the many young men and women involved with their volunteering opportunities. The Two Wolves: Abroad seeks to engage communities overseas in undertakings that express a recognition and respect for excluded and disadvantaged groups. From teaching English in Vietnamese, Thai or Cambodian schools, to working with families to build houses in Tijuana, Mexico; The Two Wolves: Abroad aims to build hope in the communities we encounter. In the process it is we who are transformed. Our Overseas Immersion Program offers 2-3 week service experiences of cultural exposure, hard work under basic conditions, and shared prayer and reflections every day. These are profound experiences of service in which we receive hospitality from those material poor, yet spiritually rich. The Cardoner Project’s endeavours are all grounded in service to the poor. We aim to empower the people we work with, through the linking of resources and expertise, and through harnessing the power of social enterprise. We seek to help our friends overseas access their own potential for entrepreneurship to deliver solutions to their particular, concrete circumstances. We do not offer ‘charity’; we seek solidarity through social enterprise.
Caritas Australia helps people help themselves, regardless of ethnicity, religion or political beliefs. The agency supports long-term development programs in impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Indigenous Australia and the Pacific, helping oppressed people to rediscover their dignity by taking greater control over their lives and overcoming poverty. For the first time Caritas will be providing an opportunity for ACU student placements overseas between December 2018 to February 2019. Caritas offers unique pre-departure CECV accredited training opportunity, open to students who also intend undertaking their placement with an Australian-based organisation. The intensive Global Justice course has an interactive multimodal delivery with guest speakers, workshops, group discussion and multi-media. It covers a range of topics including an introduction to Caritas and its aid and development work, the scriptural connection to our justice tradition and Catholic social teaching, deepening our response to others (from Charity to Justice) and advocacy (changing attitudes in Australia). The course has clear links to the ACU’s mission and course curriculum for students in education, theology and global studies. Completion of the course provides participants with the potential to accompany Caritas staff to visit one of their overseas programs in Cambodia or Timor-Leste.