Go Experience

23 August 2011
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Julius Caesar said “Experience is the teacher of all things”.

Mark Twain said “a man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way”.

Tourism NT said ‘You’ll never, never know if you never, never go”.


What better way to learn than experience? To go as a volunteer, live in a community overseas that needs you, eat food, see sights and live a lifestyle that you can’t find at home while working with friends you didn’t know you had to do something transformative.

UnitingWorld Experience works with Australian church communities and people to connect them with church partners across Asia, the Pacific and Africa, building links and changing lives. Much of the work focuses on those on the margins of society and that means that most volunteer positions are unpaid, seeking talented people to give their time energy and resources to serve on behalf of all members of the Uniting Church in Australia.

All volunteer placements are at the specific request of international church partners, from their own indentified needs and goals. UnitingWorld then works with the Partner church, looking at their requirements and finding suitable volunteers here in Australia.

Right now there are volunteers placed everywhere from Zambia to Mongolia, Korea to Tonga and South India to Papua New Guinea.

You may be a teacher, a mechanic or a farmer. You may be a specialist in theological education, business administration, youth work or health. Mostly, people are needed who will live in communities, sharing lives in a real, day-to-day way.

GAP and opportunities for young people

Want to learn from people who look at life in a different way? Want to really do something that makes a difference? Want to be part of how the UCA connects communities for life?

UnitingWorld have placements that work well for young adults who want to engage in mission, grow in faith and experience life in another culture while they share their gifts and talents to help people in need.

Some positions that may be of special interest:

Oral English tutors – Tonga, Samoa

Teacher’s assistants – Vanuatu, Tonga, North India

Community development – tribal programme assistant (India)

Labourer/ general maintenance – Zambia

Sports coaches/trainers – Tonga

Outdoor education assistant – North India

To find out more about the exciting opportunities available visit the UnitingWorld Experience website.


Last modified on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:05
Amy Goodhew

Amy Goodhew

I am editor of The Transit Lounge, the youth e-zine for the Uniting Church in Australia, I produce publications, write for other church publications, manage media, graphic design, manage our website and take care of other communication business as needed.

Website: www.thetransitlounge.com.au

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  • Comment Link Rev George Davies Tuesday, 06 September 2011 00:45 posted by Rev George Davies

    G'day folks

    A little addition to Julius Caesar...

    Experience is not our teacher
    Evaluated experience is our teacher

    Because we experience something doesn't mean we understand it. Marginalised young people do self blame because they haven't yet understood the profound impacts of their abandonment etc.

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