Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program: School Leaders

13th August, 2019 @ 12:00 am


13/08/2019 - 19/08/2019 - All Day

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This Leadership Program is offered to Principals and secondary student leaders from Years 9 to 11 in 2019. Principals who participate in this Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program with the Yolgnu People of East Arnhem Land, will have the opportunity to bring one or two student school leaders. The selected student leaders can be from any cultural background. This program provides an opportunity for the Principal to mentor the students in leadership and reconciliation. In addition to the mentoring, non-Aboriginal student leaders will experience, probably for the first-time, immersion in an Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student leaders would benefit from gaining an in depth understanding of another Indigenous culture.

This remote region of East Arnhem Land is one of the most remarkable places on earth, both culturally and geographically. The landscape has large expanses of pristine coast and hinterland. The Aboriginal Peoples of East Arnhem Land have experienced comparatively little disruption to their culture since the arrival of Europeans, and therefore visitors to this remote part of Australia will be able to experience the complex and rich cultural life of the Yolgnu people, on Yolgnu country. Central to the cultural beliefs of the Yolgnu, is the importance of two-way learning, a reciprocal sharing of cultural knowledge and wisdom between the Yolgnu people and visitors welcomed to their country.

The program will begin with two nights in the town of Nhulunbuy, for orientation and cultural activities. The next three days will be spent in a Homeland where participants will experience a traditional Yolgnu ‘Welcome to Country’ and time interacting with the hosting family and learning about the language, Dreaming stories, kinship structures and some of the traditional practices that form a central part of Yolgnu life today. The last night will be spent in Nhulunbuy, before returning to Adelaide.

The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program aims to bring together current school leaders, Principals and students, to experience first-hand the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture and deepen their respect and understanding of Australia’s First Peoples, to enable them to lead with greater insight the reconciliation movement in their communities.



The program will begin and end in single room accommodation in Nhulunbuy. Days 3 to 5 will be spent on a traditional Homeland with tents (individual tents for Principals and shared tents for students).



The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program will have participants engaging in a range of hands on activities which will include some of the following; Yolgnu language lessons, kinship structures, basket weaving, bush tucker and bush medicines, making fire, making traditional paint from clay, traditional dancing, fishing and making jewellery.


Target Group

Principals and student leaders



Tuesday 13 to Monday 19 August



Nhulunbuy Region, East Arnhem Land



Registration for this Program will incur a fee of $4,695 – $5,300 (GST inclusive) per participant, dependent on numbers.  A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due on 29 March 2019, with the remainder invoiced closer to the event.


This is inclusive of return airfares Adelaide to Gove, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, permits, camping equipment, transport to and from the Homeland by 4WD, local Yolgnu guides, airport transfers to and from Gove and all Cultural Exchange Program activities and equipment.


Registrations should be made by 15 February 2019.  Schools may register a team of up to 4 participants.


For further information please contact Monica Williams


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