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GK Australia aims to both support the community development work in the Philippines, as well as develop the template to help marginalised communities in Australia and the region.

International Programs

Domestic Programs

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International Programs


How GK Australia supports the work overseas

International Programs


How GK Australia supports the work overseas

Immersion Trips

Since 2003, Australia have been continuing to send groups over to the Philippines to visit, volunteer and help build in GK communities. Every immersion trip is a unique and memorable experience for everyone - not only for the families of the communities, but also each and every volunteer.

Great Adventure Tour

The Great Adventure Tour is a 2-week trip where a volunteer group can experience and learn about the GK program first-hand. The participants will get to learn and experience the culture and beauty of the Philippines, stay in a GK community with the families, help to build part of the community and learn more about the other parts of the GK program such as Education or Livelihood.

Check our calendar for details on the upcoming Great Adventure Tour.

 

Bayani Challenge

The Bayani Challenge is an annual 5-day build challenge, where teams from across the Philippines and around the world help to build new communities. Traditionally during April, people organise their teams and travel to the build areas and help raise new homes and bring hope to the local area. 

Check our calendar for details on the upcoming Bayani Challenge.

 

Taste Tours

A Taste Tour is a short 5-day tour where participants can visit a few GK sites across the duration and learn about the GK program and get to see first-hand how the families benefit from the support of GK.

 

Make Your Own

Have another idea of what you would like to do during a GK immersion trip? Get in contact with your local contact and we'll see what is possible.

 

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Domestic Programs


How GK Australia will adapt the community development model locally

Domestic Programs


How GK Australia will adapt the community development model locally

GK Australia believes that aspects of the GK template may offer a path for marginalised communities in Australia to escape welfare dependence and afflictions such as substance abuse. Such aspects include:

  • An approach to development based upon strengthening values.
  • Empowering communities so they can direct the provision and proper co-ordination of support.
  • Engaging long and short term volunteers to support the community and build confidence within it.
  • Having outside resources matched with active labour contributions from the community, especially the men.
  • Reframing the government’s role from being largely sole director and provider to a true partner working in close collaboration with both the affected community and partners from other sectors.

There is nothing in the model which is new or unique. For those who have been engaged with marginalised communities, it strikes as common sense. Yet, in this country at least, it has never been applied in a consistent, concerted or holistic way.

In other contexts the model can enable people to rise out of poverty and despair. It also ensures that external resources being offered to support a community’s development are used in the most effective and sustainable manner possible.

We are currently working in one community in Dubbo, NSW, and have other groups interested in adapting the GK template to other parts of Australia.

 

Dubbo

At the invitation of ‘Riverbank’ Frank Doolan, GKA volunteers have traveled to Dubbo to begin building relations with the local community. These trips aim to talk with individuals on the Apollo Estate about GKA on a one-on-one basis with the aim of getting more people in Dubbo to know about GK. These trips have been led by the Chair of GKA, Andrew Chalk, and involved a small cluster of volunteers.

Currently we have been able to build a strong relationship with the local community, and have started to build a local team and bring ideas of how to grow interest in the community.

If you would like to help the work in Dubbo, please contact:

Andrew - 0427 270 555

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