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As part of her studies in Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts, Mevlana Adil took part in the Global Experience Program. Melvana travelled to the Northern Territory for a 3-week professional experience. “I was attracted to the GEP NT program because it offered the opportunity to complete a teaching placement in a remote community and the chance to explore a part of Australia that I’d never visited before,“ Mevlana said.
The teaching experience was the highlight of the trip for Mevlana. She says “The incredible warmth and acceptance of the community and school in Lajamanu was quite humbling, as was their willingness to share many aspects of Warlpiri culture. The students were quite amazing- were always keen to learn and try new activities … it was very hard to leave at the end of the three weeks!”
Sightseeing in the area was also an important part of the Global Experience Program. “Visiting the Mindil Beach Night Market in Darwin and kayaking in Katherine Gorge were definitely a highlight”, Mevlana states. She adds also that it “allowed the group to develop a strong sense of camaraderie, which is important as working in such an isolated and unfamiliar environment can be quite challenging and having a strong group of people to work/live with meant we were able to rely on each other for support.”
Mevlana highly recommends the Global Experience Program as “the depth and breadth of the experience means that, on reflection, it is invaluable in terms of what the experience can contribute to your understanding of yourself and more generally, the practise of teaching and learning.” She is considering teaching in the Northern Territory when she graduates from Deakin in 2010.
| The creative talents of the students of Lajamanu NT
transformed the humble toilet block at the school
where Mevlana undertook her GEP placement.