Posts categorised as: International Activities

Watching a Nation Grow: Pacific Project 2017

11 September, 2017

You watched it grow Seeds sowed between the blood-stained soil A flower 27 metres high You watched it tend to itself Empty water cans Peelings band aids Rough CPR Its detangled roots coughed itself back to life You shook hands with its green thumbs As it groomed brighter than the weeds outside No more Bullets wrapped in thorns In twisting vines And see it was fine The way you watched as it was plucked from its roots You didn’t pull the trigger to shoot But its petals slowly fell Withered and you could tell It still saw red within its tornadoes of warm wind It tries To photosynthesize Reaching out to the sun And you’re still watching As it glows

~Varsha Krithivasan 

Varsha is one of the 12 high school students that I, along with two other volunteers, took to Timor-Leste in July on Pacific Project.… Read more ›


A Shifting Democracy

18 April, 2017

Howdy y’all! My name is Karen, and I’m convening UN Youth Australia’s inaugural American Political Tour! With my incredible friends – my team – Laura, Farouk, and Sean, we will be taking sixteen delegates to North America in January 2018.

In three weeks, we will be looking at the interaction between local, state, and federal politics in the US to understand how a state’s identity can become a Democrat or Republican stronghold.… Read more ›


The Middle East Experience: Conflict Made Real

14 March, 2017

She was only 10. She was not a terrorist. She did not know what this war meant.

This January I spent two weeks in Jordan and Israel as a volunteer on the Middle East Experience. It was a chance for 16 high school students to see some of the biggest problems our world is facing and learn about the humanity in a conflict so often reduced to little more than statistics.… Read more ›

Aotearoa Leadership Tour by Kate Turner

Aotearoa Leadership Tour by Kate Turner

31 July, 2014

The Aotearoa Leadership Tour could only be described as the experience of a lifetime. The opportunities that we had on the tour were second to none, and the people we met were incredible on so many different levels. There were too many highlights for me to list, but there were a few things that stood out more than anything else on the tour.… Read more ›

The itinerary for Pacific Project 2014 by Alexandra Fuller

The itinerary for Pacific Project 2014 by Alexandra Fuller

13 July, 2014

After completing orientation activities in Darwin, delegates have flown to Dili, the nation’s capital city in the north of the country.

Staying here for one night, we will be given a tour of some of the capital’s historic sites, including a moving visit to the Santa Cruz cemetery, the site of the massacre of over 250 Timorese involved in a peaceful memorial procession in November 1991 by Indonesian soldiers.… Read more ›

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