IT For social ImpactJuly 8, 2016
Food Science and NutritionJuly 8, 2016
This program provides Students and staff with a variety of adventures that challenging their pre-existing notions of conservation and environmental sustainability. Through exposure to, and discussion with Malaysians working in the field, students begin to understand the social and economic factors that impact on local communities and their interaction with the environment.
The program begins with a visit to a palm oil plantation where they challenge their beliefs as they learn about palm oil cultivation, production and sustainable practices.
Engagement with Sarawak Forestry includes trips to Kubah National park (the most species of frogs in the world in one place) and Matang Wildlife Centre, where the group can participate in the Orang-utan Volunteer program. Site briefings by park managers and up close experiences to local flora and fauna provide increased understanding to the classroom theory. A trip to Bako National Park sees students engage with indigenous communities and partake in activities such as tree planting, traditional fish trapping, shrimp paste processing and local culture demonstrations.
Activities can include a visit to a remote indigenous community whose lives have been impacted because of dam building or logging. The group stays in longhouses and engage with the community through meals and cultural events.
Other activities enjoyed by the students include the Sarawak Cultural Village, which introduces the many indigenous tribes of Sarawak, a visit to Tanoti – a social enterprise that ensures the craft of indigenous weaving is maintained, and finally, a kayaking trip downriver that includes swimming and lunch in a Bidayuh village.
“This was an absolutely amazing opportunity; I cannot speak highly enough of how much I feel I have personally gained from this experience, and how much I wish I could have stayed longer to contribute back further to these amazing people.
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This internship appealed to me as an opportunity to go beyond my comfort zones, and test my skills I’ve gained from university in a real world setting. While I have travelled a little, I was really looking for a placement that would give me great immersion and exposure to a culture …”
Bachelor of International Studies & Law, Deakin University
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“…. I asked myself what I could do in the following months to make myself stand above the rest of my peers as we approached the business end of our degree.
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As opposed to spending one day a week volunteering at a small suburban firm at home, I decided to cast my eyes further afield and experience something that would push my boundaries. When the opportunity arose to live and work in Kuala Lumpur, I was delighted beyond words. Working and living in a new city and in a new cultural environment was exactly what I needed to take me out of my comfort zone and find my limits. There’s something about the challenge of relocating to a foreign land for a month that is both scary and exciting. But I wouldn’t say for a second that it was something I regret. In the space of just four weeks, I’ve been able to learn so much about the legal profession and so much about myself. I’ve come out the other end more certain of who I was and the sort of work I want to do when I graduate. Being able to bring back to Australia some amazing stories and experiences is something I will greatly enjoy.
Perhaps more than anything, I enjoy the fact that the world has opened up so much to me in the space of a few weeks. And who knows what that means for the future? I all can say for sure is that when the future does come, I’ll be more ready than ever to embrace it head first.
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