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Non-profit Australian Social Education Group Connects Hobart and Timor Communities with Two-Way Cross Cultural Learning


VICTORIA, Australia May, 2012 – Students from Hobart will visit Timor for a cross-cultural learning and immersion program geared towards social education for students from the two communities. An Inaugural International Service Learning Program for Sacred Heart College students this month will connect the Aussie students with a Junior School located in rural Timor Leste.

The Timor Leste Junior School does not currently receive any support from external sources, has extremely limited funding and resources, and is situated in a rural area in the Timorese highlands.

The Sacred Heart community from Hobart has raised more than $5,000 to assist in the installation of solar panels and a clean water system in their partner school community, as well as the provision of new education and sports equipment.

“The student group visiting Timor will assist in the installation of the water filter, host English language sessions for students at a local boarding house and experience a two-way cultural exchange with students from their partner school,” says Kate Miller, the Program Director at Destination Dreaming. Destination Dreaming is the not-for-profit organisation facilitating the program.

Destination Dreaming is an Australian social enterprise that connects communities and changes lives through school community partnerships where schools and young people from very different cultures share a two-way learning experience as they work together on a grassroots development project.

Destination Dreaming teaches young people about global citizenship, self-awareness and social justice with two-way cross-cultural learning programs that include:

  • Global Service Learning Programs: 10-14-day programs that combine intercultural engagement and involvement in a service project.
  • Global Intercultural Learning Programs: 10-14-day programs that focus on intercultural engagement with a community partner overseas.
  • Teacher Personal Development Programs: 1-12-day programs that offer teachers a unique professional and personal development experience, focusing on concepts of service learning, social justice and intercultural understanding.
  • Local Intercultural Learning Programs: 10-14-day programs that promote intercultural engagement with a community partner within Australia.

Destination Dreaming specialises in programs for schools and communities that are based on life skills and social education. Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills, and values through intercultural education, motivating those young people to become the next generation to embrace and advocate social change. To learn more about Destination Dreaming and how they bring communities together using cross-cultural education, visit


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