Australia has been a prime destination for backpackers and adventurers for a long time, but more and more people want to get a deeper understanding of the country and its unique history and culture. The Indigenous cultures of Australia are the oldest living cultural history in the world – they go back at least 50,000 years and some argue closer to 65,000.
Due to international demand from young humanitarians wanting to volunteer their time in assisting Indigenous communities in Australia, Australian Internships has founded a sister company Volunteers Australia.
Volunteers Australia is proud to launch its Indigenous Volunteer Programs which provide exceptional opportunities to experience life as a volunteer in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community. Through daily work and interaction with community members, volunteers will gain insights into local culture and major issues facing communities. Candidates will provide assistance and aid to the Indigenous population of Australia in areas such as healthcare, childcare, education, housing, arts & culture and environmental sustainability.
Indigenous Volunteer Programs are targeted at internationals travellers who are interested in authentic cultural exchange and in making a positive impact. Participants will immerse themselves into an Indigenous community, working closely with other volunteers and local staff on a cultural, social or environmental project. These projects enable participants to have a unique educational and cultural experience and to gain new skills and knowledge while making a positive difference.
The Volunteer Programs are arranged in cooperation with Australia’s leading Volunteer and Indigenous organisations to create a structured and well-organised experience for participants. Local project managers offer their experience, know-how, counselling and support to the volunteers in each project. This ensures that all the involved – volunteers and communities alike – receive the maximum benefit from the program.
The main focus of the Volunteer Programs is of course on the volunteer work, however Australian Internships/ Volunteers Australia also recognises that in order to make a program like this successful other issues need to be addressed, for example cultural awareness. With cultural orientation sessions at the start of each volunteer program participants will be made aware of the rights, dignity and culture of the communities they are about to immerse themselves in.