A Different Kind of Travel

Timor Leste Project 2019 (formerly known as the Pacific Project) is an exciting opportunity for 12 young leaders from around Australia to embark on a two-week tour of East Timor exploring the complex realities of development in one of our closest neighbours. 

Timor Leste Project is a year-long initiative open to students from around Australia who will be in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2019. Timor Leste Project centres around an unforgettable 2-week tour of East Timor during July 2019, and will see you lead fundraising initiatives alongside other young Australians on your return.

As part of the Timor Leste Project, you’ll learn about sustainable development and the challenges of international aid. You’ll also spend time working with local communities and grassroots organisations, including working closely with our partner school in Maliana, Encouragement House.

Click here to download our 2019 Information Pack!

What Past Delegates Thought

“An emotive, enriching and empowering experience, the Pacific Project has contributed to the way I approach everyday activities, with heightened awareness and gratitude, and has helped to establish a future direction for myself, which I hope will encompass the principle of globally sustainable development.”
– Alexandra Fuller, Pacific Project participant, 2014 (read her full article)

“Pacific Project was a once in a lifetime experience that changed my perspective of the world around me forever. The beautiful culture and wonderful spirit in Timor was remarkable. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to get hands on experience with community projects, make new friends and have a great time doing it.”
– Daniel Hellig-Smith, Pacific Project participant, 2013

How to apply

Apply Now

Applications are now open for the 2019 Timor Leste Project are now closed.

For information about TLP 2020, contact the International Operations Officer, Jen at jennifer.horton@unyouth.org.au.

Our Partner

The Timor Leste Project is a unique collaboration between UN Youth Australia and Destination Dreaming.

Destination Dreaming works with schools to create sustainable community partnerships that teach students about global citizenship, self-awareness and social justice.


Tour Convenor

Please feel free to get in touch with the Chief International Operations Officer, Jennifer, if you have any questions.

Jennifer Horton

Media Inquiries

UN Youth Australia welcomes enquiries from media interested in reporting on the tour.

Please email communications@unyouth.org.au and we will get back to you with more information.

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From the Blog


My time at Pacific Project 2014 – by Alexandra Fuller

05 September, 2014

The 2014 Pacific Project was an incredibly eye-opening, humbling and truly unforgettable experience. A highlight of our time in Timor Leste, for me, was the community engagement phase of the program, during which we were fortunate enough to stay at the Encouragement House boarding house in Maliana. This allowed an opportunity to genuinely connect with […]

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 […]