|Category Entered||Category No. 2 | Youth Project|
|Entrant Name||City of Darwin NT|
|Name of Project||Darwin & Dili Youth Exchange|
|Date of Project||April 2013 to February 2014|
|Participating Sister City||Dili, Timor Leste|
A significant youth project is such that it encourages and stimulates youth participation in the local sister cities program. An entry in this category may include any number of activities including sporting, cultural, educational and fundraising projects during the relevant period.
The Darwin and Dili Youth Exchange.
Person-to-person communication and exchange at the community level is a powerful tool for inspiring creativity, innovation and change. The Darwin and Dili Youth Exchange enabled an exciting opportunity for young people in Darwin and Dili to gain valuable community development experience and forge lasting connections with one of their countries’ closest neighbours.
From April 2013 – February 2014, City of Darwin worked in partnership with Dili based NGO, Action for Change Foundation (ACF) to deliver an opportunity for young volunteers from both Darwin and Dili to travel to and work with their international counterparts to gain professional development and an understanding of the unique cultures of these two nations.
On the 3 April 2013, City of Darwin was pleased to welcome two Timorese youth from ACF to Darwin to participate in three weeks work experience with Council. The volunteers participated in City of Darwin’s National Youth Week 2013 events and activities as well as gaining insight into Council Libraries, Youth Services and Healthy Darwin programs. During their exchange, the volunteers were hosted by a local Darwin family.
On the 3 February 2014, ACF welcomed two young people from Darwin to undertake a three week work placement at their youth training facilities in Dili, Timor-Leste. The Darwin volunteers assisted local staff with the Sport 4 Peace program and financial and administration management for the organisation.
In summary, the Darwin and Dili Youth Exchange allowed four young people from Australia and Timor-Leste to experience first-hand what it is like to live and work in a different cultural context. This unique opportunity allowed participants to gain practical knowledge and experiences which will be invaluable in pursuing their future careers as well as experiencing a culture and place that, despite its close geographic proximity, they may never have otherwise had the opportunity to appreciate.