Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program

9th August, 2020 @ 12:00 am


09/08/2020 - 15/08/2020 - All Day


The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program aims to bring together current and aspiring School Leaders and educators wanting to know more about our First Nations Peoples, to experience first-hand the uniqueness of an Aboriginal culture.  This program will provide opportunities to deepen your understanding of Australia’s First Peoples, to enable you to lead with greater insight the reconciliation initiatives in your community. Schools are welcome to include a small number of secondary students in their delegation.

“It has been an eye-opening experience and we will remember it for a lifetime,” year 9 student

“Not only is the landscape here so beautiful, but all the (Yolgnu) people here have shared their stories, knowledge, deadly dance moves and weaving and hunting skills,” educator

The Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program will be with the Yolgnu people of East Arnhem Land through Culture College. 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.


Accommodation and Activities

The program will begin and end in single room accommodation in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land. Days 3 to 5 will be spent on Yolgnu traditional lands in tents.

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.

“The opportunity to make, then throw spears; to fish; to hunt for mud crabs… then cooked freshly on a campfire. I have a much deeper understanding of, and appreciation for Aboriginal culture and traditions,” educator

“Nyinyikay will forever hold a special place in my heart, I enjoyed it all so much, the fishing, the weaving, the dancing but mostly just being here sitting, watching the land and listening to the waves. I hope to come back someday soon,” year 9 student

Target Group

This program is offered to School Leaders, RAP Coordinators, Boarding House supervisors, teachers and educators wanting to deepen their understanding of an Aboriginal culture and contemporary issues for Aboriginal peoples. Schools may register one or a number of participants. Schools are welcome to include a small number of secondary students in their delegation. This year the program will be run in conjunction with AISNSW and ISQ.  



Nhulunbuy Region, East Arnhem Land



$5,150.00 per person inclusive of GST. This is all inclusive of return airfares (Adelaide to Gove), accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon teas, 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.

To register, please email Monica Williams  by Friday 20 March 2020, including the name/s and role/s of participant/s.  A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person will be required by Tuesday 31 March 2020. The final payment is due Friday 22 May 2020. 

For further information please contact Monica Williams on 8179 1417.

Additional information is available on the Reconciliation page of the AISSA website.