Every year, Trinity College students and staff visit the Northern Territory to gain insights into Indigenous culture.
About the trip
The Trinity College Northern Territory (NT) Trip runs annually in the September University break. Sixteen Trinity students and two staff members travel to to the NT for two weeks to expand their knowledge of life in a remote community, Indigenous culture and the issues facing Australians regarding closing the gap.
Participants spend the first week in the remote community of Minyerri, located about eight hours from Darwin. While in Minyerri, participants spend time at the local school, visit swimming spots and sacred sites with members of the community and attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the Minyerri people, culture and the issues facing this community.
During the second week the group travels to Darwin to meet with individuals and organisations who make decisions that affect the lives of Indigenous Territorians. In past years groups have met with former Administrator and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, the Hon Keith John Austin Asche (TC 1946), as well as the Leader of the Opposition, the Menzies Health Institute, the NT Housing Commission and the Anti-discrimination Commissioner.
Development at Trinity
The NT Trip is just one program Trinity offers that aims to foster the growth of its students. The Trip aims to:
- allow students to experience a part of Australia that they otherwise might not be able to
- develop the relationship between Minyerri and Trinity
- increase students’ knowledge of Indigenous culture and some of the challenges facing remote Indigenous communities.
Who can participate?
The NT trip is open to all Trinity resident students. The application process involves a written application to the NT trip president in liaison with the NT trip treasurer, community representative and College authorities.
The selection committee looks for a diverse group of students who demonstrate an interest in the aims of the trip and show an openness to new experiences.
Applications open for the 2013 program at the beginning of Semester 1 2013.
How to support the Northern Territory trip
The cost of the NT trip costs approximately $1,500 per student. This cost includes airfares, accommodation and food for the two weeks.
We hope to raise enough funds to support students who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Your support would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in supporting the NT trip as a benefactor or in any other way, please contact the Trinity College Advancement Office. Donations to this program are tax deductible.