From the Timor-Leste Immersion Co-ordinators, Luke Barbour, Kaitlyn Downey and Brad Thompson
The Timor-Leste Immersion student participants and their parents attended an initial Information Evening last Thursday in preparation for the Immersion to be undertaken from 6 to 15 August 2017. The Immersion schedule was presented and discussed, giving all involved a sense of the program along with requirements and expectations.
Two of the students who participated in last year’s Immersion, Tyler von der Heyden and Finn O’Sullivan, gave an insightful presentation about their experiences and what they gained from the trip, answering questions and giving much food for thought.
Dr Daniel Carayannis (a College Old Boy, Class of 2003) also presented to the meeting. Dr Carayannis works at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, and spent six weeks working in a hospital in Dili as part of his training. It was inspiring listening to Daniel’s stories and he shared interesting and useful tips about what it’s like to be ‘on the ground’ in Timor-Leste and how to stay safe and well.
As in past years, the Immersion will include visiting schools in the Ermera District, interacting with local people, working on projects to benefit the communities, touring key monuments and places of interest in Dili, and a meeting at the Australian Embassy.