The Indigenous Immersion to the Northern Territory provides a unique opportunity to understand the oldest livng culture in the world, our Australian indigenous culture.
Year 10 and 11 students gain intercultural understanding by living in the Minyerri community (580km from Darwin) on the Alowa Country. They experience the Carmelite tenets of community and service as they build relationships with the local aboriginal people by attending school, playing sport, as well as swimming and fishing in the billabong. Relationships are fostered as both groups interact and gain understanding of different language, beliefs, food, and education. The immersion includes educational visits to Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge and the Tiwi Islands which each provide a learning experience about the culture, environment, beliefs, rituals and symbols that animate indigenous spirituality. The immersion takes in spectacular sites in Australia including waterfalls (Litchfield), the gorge in Katherine, the Adelaide Rive memorial cemetary, and Darwin harbour. Football too is incorporated into the immersion, as a means to connect with the indigenous peoples love of the game and to access their culture.
It was more than just a trip, it was a life changing experience.