A group of Foundation Studies students and staff recently returned from a 12-day camping trip through Alice Springs.
This was the fifth annual trip to Central Australia for TCFS students, a key part of the broader curriculum of the Foundation Studies program.
Travelling some 6,500km by bus, this year’s journey took the group of 94 students and 10 staff through Adelaide, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs.
The trip was coordinated by College Chaplain, the Revd Christopher Carolane, who helped establish the journey at its inception five years ago.
According to Revd Carolane, ‘the experience gave students a first-hand experience of the vastness of Australia and the wonders of the Centre’.
Students met some of our nation’s Indigenous people – some for the first time – and learnt about Aboriginal culture.
Most nights were spent camping in tents and the students learned the wonders of camp life while making new and lasting friendships.
According to Revd Carolane, the camaraderie the trip develops between students is one of the journey’s key benefits.
‘It really is a wonderful way for international students to see Australia, meet some First Nation people, and connect with each other at the same time.’
‘For many students, it really can be the journey of a lifetime.’
Revd Carolane retires from Trinity at the end of this year, and the College thanks him deeply for his work in establishing and running this important journey for TCFS students over the past five years.
Two TCFS teachers, Ed Rush and Luisa Aberlado, created a website of the trip, with videos, photos, maps and highlights of the adventure. Visit the website here