The Summer Global Prep program in Australia was updated as a response to the recent bushfires that have ravaged many parts of the country. AFS-USA aims to rally support for wildfire restoration and the renewal of natural habitats, as well as introduce students to the knowledge and skills needed to champion sustainable development and climate action, for Australia and the entire planet. As a safety note, students will not be anywhere near active fires.
The Summer Global Prep program in Australia is a two-week journey that includes workshops on sustainable design at Griffith University, visits to ethical/economic food production cooperatives, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Ngutana-Lui Aboriginal Cultural Studies Centre, and festival events on North Stradbroke Island celebrating the role aboriginal culture and people play in environmental sustainability practices. The program will conclude with a Global Citizenship workshop (also known as Effect+).
Students will learn from indigenous communities, university educators, and other environmental stewards, gaining theoretical knowledge of what it means to be sustainable and practical experience from nature walks, workshops, and tree planting service. Beyond learning to renew the natural beauty and ecological stability of regions in Australia in the wake of the recent bushfire crisis, students will zoom in on the local impacts and zoom out to see the global scale and interconnected causes of climate change.