East Timor Mission Statement
In 2012, the Australian Student Christian Movement (ASCM) replaced its national conference with a trip to neighbouring East Timor in order to establish a relationship with East Timor SCM for the purposes of leadership building, cross-cultural exchange and understanding, and the furtherance of regional fellowship.
In 2012 two ASCM members accompanied a study group from Victoria University led by SCM senior friend Helen Hill. They spent ten days in East Timor laying the groundwork for future collaboration, and absorbing the developing country’s history, contemporary cultural character and civic challenges. The trip resulted in fruitful discussions with SCM Timor Leste, with openness to future collaboration expressed on both sides.
Since then, another seven participants have gone to East Timor in 2013 and 2014.
This year, we will fund up to 6 youth to participate in this program, from 1 to 11 July 2016 (we will try to adhere to these proposed dates but if necessity demands it, might have to adjust them a little).
ASCM expects to fund approximately 60% of the cost for each participant (flights, accommodation and travel insurance), providing grants of $900 of an overall expected cost of $1500 for ten days. Strong applications may also be granted a full scholarship if they can demonstrate financial need.
Successful applicants will be those who demonstrate a commitment to participation and leadership in ASCM during and beyond the East Timor trip. Don't worry - we're a very welcoming group and open to discussing with you what that could mean! Previous program participants attended Bible studies after coming back from East Timor, became part of the organising committees in subsequent years and took leadership roles at the state and national levels.
More information is available from either Brigida on 0477 641 271 or Vila Wu 0406 286 578.
To apply, complete the form on this page. Deadline for applications: 30 April 2016. This program is open to applicants from Australia and New Zealand.
Decisions will be made by the end of May, with briefing and preparations to follow.