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Matthew Silk
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) 2005

As Director of the Australian Division of Smaller Earth, Deakin graduate Matthew Silk assists thousands of Australians to experience the adventure of combining overseas travel with work.

'I manage the Australian Office of Smaller Earth, where we strive to facilitate successful adventure, work and travel for Australians, to countries all over the globe,' says Matthew.

'My main priorities are managing all the marketing and operations involved in getting thousands of participants to the United States on work/travel programs. These programs include work as summer camp leaders, 12-month work/travel programs, winter work/travel, internship training, career training and AU-Pair.'

'I personally came from a background of completing six years at a summer camp in Maine, USA. I have gained so much from working in the summer camp environment over the years and I really enjoy helping others to organise these types of cultural exchange experiences and importantly, pushing people to get the best out of themselves,' Matthew explains.

Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) in 2005 from Deakin's Melbourne Campus at Burwood and says that Deakin was a 'perfect fit'.

'Deakin has really good mixture of theory and practical placement in its course - which is invaluable in any degree. All the lecturers I had in my time at Deakin would go out of their way to help you with anything you needed,' he says.

'Deakin pushes you and challenges you to think outside of the square and I really gained a lot from this - it was really the perfect fit for me.'

Matthew says that his degree certainly comes in handy in his work.

'My camp work is based heavily on health science principles and the camp I work at runs a large sports-based program where there is a strong focus on sports coaching and biomechanics. The management stream of subjects I completed at Deakin has also given me the confidence and skills I need to manage and run a business with thousands of customers.'

As for the future Matthew says that his main focus is further developing the Smaller Earth brand.

'I want to continue growing the Smaller Earth programs and helping more and more Australians experience cultural exchange programs all over the world. We are building our portfolio of programs and very soon we will have cultural exchange programs to many more destinations around the world.'

'So I encourage all Deakin Alumni who are interested in participating in our programs to visit our websites for more information at or'

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7th January 2010