Nine young South Australians will embark on the adventure of a lifetime this month when they travel to Vanuatu for a five-week volunteer assignment working with local communities.
Scope Global has partnered with AnglicareSA to deliver the Young Australians – Cultural and Community Ambassadors (YACCA) project, an overseas volunteering opportunity and cultural exchange program for young people aged 18-24. Participants will volunteer with the Vanuatu Ministry of Youth and Sport and support local communities by sharing their skills in sports education, health and nutrition.
Seven young Aboriginal people will take part in the pilot program, along with two young people engaged in AnglicareSA’s Elizabeth based youth programs. They will be supported by an Aboriginal Cultural Team Leader and a Team Leader who is an AnglicareSA Youth Engagement and Program Development Coordinator.
YACCA participant Lilla Berry, a Community Project Officer in the arts sector, says she feels lucky to have been selected for the pilot project.
“Not having been overseas before and having never experienced another culture first hand, it will be amazing to be submerged in the Vanuatu culture,” she says.
Aboriginal Cultural Team Leader Karl Winda Telfer – a senior custodian of ceremony and cultural educator, designer and artist – is helping the young participants prepare for their assignments and will support them while in-country.
“YACCA provides a gateway into life changing opportunities that will benefit the participants and the young people of Vanuatu,” he says.
The YACCA project has been made possible through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government initiative. The AVID program has an emphasis on providing more opportunities for 18-24 year olds to volunteer overseas, and recently introduced an Indigenous Participation Framework to boost opportunities for Aboriginal Australians to participate, alongside other young Australians from diverse communities.