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2016 Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholars Rural Volunteering Program

One of the benefits of the Chancellor’s Scholars Program is the opportunity to take part in a research or internship opportunity. For Bachelor of Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholars, this includes the Rural Volunteering program in which select students in pairs travel to a small rural/regional towns and take part in a myriad of volunteering activities.

The main aims of the placement will be:

  1. Gaining experience as a volunteer in a rural community
  2. Enhancing leadership and communication skills
  3. Facilitating a strong sense of community awareness and engagement.
  4. Supporting a broader understanding of rural health care.
  5. Further detailed objectives could depend on the specific placement activities eg. Learn about normal development of children through helping them read/play; Learn what services are available in rural communities to help the elderly.

Suggested activities could include:

  1. Kindergarten, primary or secondary school activities – assisting with play, reading, homework classes, breakfast clubs etc. eg. through the Smith Family
  2. Residential care activities – reading, assisting with activities
  3. Community service – meals on wheels, service club projects, English classes
  4. Working with Aboriginal or refugee organisations
  5. Educational – talking to school students about mental/physical health or careers/study
  6. Health experience – time with paramedics, GPs, school nurses, pathologists. These activities would be purely observing.
  7. Environmental/ Landcare activities
  8. Farm/factory/CFA visits to learn about OH&S
  9. Charity organizations – Salvation Army, Vision Australia, Red Cross, soup kitchens
  10. Visits to local historical/scenic attractions

The following is a list of towns to which students may travel in this program:

  • Alexendra
  • Broadford
  • Cobram
  • Echuca
  • Heathcote
  • Kyabram
  • Minyip
  • Mooroopna
  • Numurkah
  • Kerang
  • Kyneton
  • Myrtleford
  • Nathalia

The dates for the program are as follows:

Monday 8th – Tuesday 9th February – Orientation Days
Wednesday 10th – Thursday 18th February – Small town placement
Friday 19th February – Sharing/Evaluation Day

How to Apply

Students will be required to complete the online Expression of Interest form by Friday 20th November 2015 which can be found here. Places will be allocated based on your explanation as to why you would like to do a rural placement and what you hope to get out of it. Please note: Preference is given to current second years who have not previously undertaken this Rural Program.