Meet our Partners

Meet our Partners

Meet our Partners

PACE International work with over 40 corporate and community development partner organisations across more than 15 countries around the world. Below is a list of some of our long standing partners.

As part of the fight against poverty and livelihood insecurity in Vietnam, AOP works with and for the poor and vulnerable, including ethnic minorities, women, youth, the elderly, the displaced and landless. AOP does this through a community and strengthens-based approach. Developing mutually beneficial relationships with the communities AoP work with, along with their partners in government and civil society.

AOP are an International Development NGO with a focus on helping the pro-poor secure sustainable incomes, with an emphasis on women’s economic empowerment. AOP's work also extends into the areas of climate change, public health and governance. Working directly with local communities in open dialogue to understand their needs and how to best deliver their services. Find out more on the Action on Poverty website.

Previous Activities

Social researchStudents conducted a study on the quality of a basic health care service as experienced by local people in two provinces of Viet Nam. Students designed and developed the survey toolkit, interviewed local people with a translator, analysed the results, formalised a report and presented their findings to the AOP office.
MarketingStudents developed a marketing strategy to develop regional branding for low-income community SME's in Hoa Binh and Phu Tho province. Linking the communities small-scale household production to the market included revising current brand identity of CBT services and agricultural products both on product label/packaging and online.

Student experiences - Brittany Hannouch

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Environmental Humanities. I completed my PACE activity in Vietnam working with Action on Poverty (AFAP). This involved three weeks in Hanoi working at the head office, and one week on a field trip to the mountainous Da Bac district undertaking research with two village communities.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

My role was as a social research intern. I worked with two other students to evaluate the impacts of AFAP’s Community-Based Tourism Project in the Da Bac district. We were responsible for designing the research project, undertaking interviews and surveys in Da Bac, analysing the data, writing a research report and presenting our findings and recommendations to AFAP staff.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was eager to travel and experience a new country and culture. I was drawn to the fact that I could gain experience working in my field of study while building relationships with new people and exploring a new country.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Just do it! This experience was a huge learning curve for me, not just professionally and academically, but also personally in my everyday experiences and travelling. Living and working in Vietnam for a month opened my eyes to a culture entirely different to my own, and it will be something I will always remember.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Undertaking fieldwork in Da Bac was definitely a highlight, we stayed in traditional homestays with local families and spent our days exploring the jungle, swimming in the lake, learning local customs and enjoying delicious foods while completing our research

CMA gathers information, conducts studies, and analyses urgent issues on overseas migration and related concerns and disseminates these to its partners, networks, and constituents. Their vision is one of a society where justice, good governance, equal opportunity and gender equality prevails. Find out more on the CMA website.

Previous activities

LawStudents researched and disseminated information regarding the ASEAN protection instrument for migrant workers and reviewed and edited a magna carta for migrant workers to ensure it accurately reflected and cited the constitution and also international conventions ratified by the Philippines.
Marketing/ MediaStudents assisted with the development of creative content for client orientation sessions and trainings based on interviews and existing materials. This included media content (mainly online videos, editing, filming etc.) for the centers online resources relating to migrant rights, governance, women's rights, and the international & national legal frameworks supporting migrant labour force. 
Social scienceStudents conducted research into the implementation of new legislation and policies and evaluated how effective they have been in improving legal and social conditions of migrants.

Student stories - Ethan Hughes

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?
I studied a Bachelor of Media, Majoring in Screen Practice and Production. For my PACE International activity, I was placed in Quezon City in the Philippines at the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

What was your role or project at your host organisation?
Myself and three other Macquarie University Students were responsible for interviewing overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s), Government migration agencies, Filipino political activists. We were tasked with creating videos to address the social costs of being a migrant worker, as well as the consequences of being a victim to illegal recruitment. These videos are now being used by CMA for promotional use online, publicly and in Seminar’s around the Philippines.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?
After hearing about the PACE International experience through word of mouth and hearing first-hand accounts from ex-PACE students, my interest in the opportunity was fascinated. The idea of being able to experience a different culture for my degree sounded like a privilege and an opportunity to apply my skills acquired at Macquarie to a workplace environment overseas. It was also great knowing that many of the logistics of the trip were organised by PACE.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?
Seize the day. You’ll never know what opportunities will arise or experiences will happen if you don’t take seize the day. You’ll make new friends, you’ll make new experiences and you’ll learn.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?
My most treasured experiences were the most eye-opening. Our host organisation took us around the Philippines to islands and regional areas to visit and hear the stories of migrant Filipino workers. Some of their experiences concluded with happy endings, some sad endings, others a mixture of the two. Upon returning to Australia, my awareness and outlook surrounding many socio-political had changed. Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the Filipino, foods, people and culture.

Empower Pacific is a Fijian NGO which seeks to enhance the full potential of communities by working in partnership with the Fijian government and other community agencies to ensure a holistic model of professional health service.

The organisation offers a variety of programs aimed at enhancing the health and well being of our clients as well as facilitating opportunities for learning, income generation and personal growth. For more info see the Empower Pacific website.

Focus of PACE activities

Activities focus on Empower Pacific's counselling services and analysing the progress and impact of their community awareness programs. Previous activities have provided PACE students with experience in: social research, health promotion/policy, statistical analysis, working with young people, monitoring and evaluation

AreaPrevious activity example

Students conducted research on community awareness sessions in Fiji for violence against women, sexual and gender based violence and child abuse campaigns. Through their work, students provided Empower with evidence to further develop and improve their community awareness outreach. Along with recommendations for project changes, with the aim to increase the community's knowledge and awareness of services and actions to be taken regarding violence and abuse.


Students conducted research, analysis and survey design for youth suicide and suicide prevention. This activity included a field trip to remote Fijian villages to observe and implement the survey in collaboration with these communities.

Student experiences - Alexia Newsome

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I’m studying a Bachelor of Psychology, and I completed my PSY399 research internship in Fiji with Empower Pacific.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

In a research team of five, we collaborated to design, develop and implement the mixed-method research tools required to assess the effectiveness of Empower Pacific’s community education program that aimed to prevent violence against women, sexual-based violence and child abuse. We traveled to rural provinces across the west coast collecting data; interviewing local women to discuss their experiences.  At the end of our placement, we presented Empower Pacific with our key findings in an extensive research report and oral presentation

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

Initially it was the idea that I could complete my placement and travel to a new country at the same time. I was really excited about expanding my insular understandings of Psychology to an intercultural context; gaining an idea of what the application of my degree (or research in general) would look like beyond a local setting.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

EAT! Everything and anything you’re offered. On a more serious note - focus on the connections you make. The best part about PACE was leaving my placement behind having made deep and meaningful friendships with the locals, especially with our co-workers.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

My experience with PACE gave me the opportunity to realise the potential I have as an individual to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Returning home knowing that I personally contributed to the incredible work that Empower Pacific does (in engendering community capacity to prevent and act on cases of violence against women and children) was the absolute highlight of my placement.

Student experiences - Gracie Hay

"PACE International was such an incredible experience. For the first time in my degree I was given practical responsibility that I was able to use to support a community in need. It was incredible to see how the skills we have learnt at university can be translated into real world work that changes lives."

Student experiences - Rachel Begg

"Working with Empower Pacific in Fiji was an absolutely incredible experience. I can’t imagine a more pleasant, selfless organisation to work with, and to have developed a survey that will continue to help them and the Fijian community into the future is an absolute privilege. I never expected to have a PSY399 placement that would have such a direct positive impact on individuals and communities! I know that the experience has left me a more thoughtful, well-rounded person, and I’m sure it will continue to impact my future academic and career direction for years to come."

Student experiences - Haydee Katz

“My PACE international experience was truly something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. Not only did I get to make friends of a lifetime, but I got to work with an organisation that is doing such inspiring work in the field I am so passionate in (Psychology). It was just so rewarding to be able to not only work with such an incredible organisation, but even more so, to contribute to improving mental health in a country that was just struck by a natural disaster. I would recommend anyone and everyone to give PACE international a go - I couldn’t have asked for a better placement experience.”

Student experiences - Melissa Panetta

“I went to Fiji and did not know what to expect, my expectations were exceeded in almost every shape and form. Exercising my psychological skills, in a cross-cultural context enabled me to do what I love but also caused me to think about think in much more flexible ways that my theoretical and practical knowledge did not prepare me for. ”

Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA) was established in 1996 in Phnom Penh. KHANA provides HIV prevention, care and support services at the community level in Cambodia.

The organisation currently works with 19 NGOs to provide vital, high quality care and support services to over 17,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and plays an integral role in providing programs focused integrated sexual and reproductive health, family planning, maternal-child health and livelihoods to communities throughout Cambodia. Find out more on the KHANA website.

Focus of PACE activities

KHANA activities are well suited for students who have a background and/or interest in public health and education. Students who are flexible, proactive and adaptable to the dynamic working conditions in Cambodia. Students may work on individual projects or collaborate within a wider team. Students may find subject matter challenging, as KHANA provides vital, high quality care and support services to over 17,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.

Public HealthStudents conducted an impact analysis of KHANA’s work, specifically investigating the impact of those those living with HIV/AIDS. Students worked across updating KHANA's offical communication channels for internal and external audiences, including the local and international media, government, donors and the wider community.
Public HealthStudents supported a  research project, including documenting and designing a communication plan that KHANA could use to further enhance advocacy efforts and promote their clinical services to the Cambodian public, especially highlighting education around tuberculosis.

Student experiences - Phillip Anderson

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I studied a Bachelor of Human Science Majoring in Public Health: Policy and Promotion and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to work for KHANA which is the leading organisation in the country which deals with HIV/AIDS.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

During my placement, I was involved in the formulation of a communication strategy for a local clinic which was funded by KHANA, however in a few months the clinic would lose its funding and would be required to become self reliant. KHANA also provided us with a number of mini projects, ranging from the creation of case studies, reports about other KHANA projects, this gave us the opportunity to travel to different provinces to experience these projects.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

It’s something different, I have always enjoyed travelling and when I saw the opportunity to travel and for it to contribute to my degree it was honestly a no-brainer.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Do it, it was honestly one of the best experiences and highlights of my degree, I also formed close bonds with the other university students who I travelled with, who I still am in touch with today.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Working within a different culture entirely different to Australia was a crazy experience, it was incredible to be able to work alongside other people who dedicate their lives to public health. As well as this having the ability to travel over the weekend and visit Angkor Wat was also an amazing experience.

KOTO believes disadvantaged youth thrive when they have access to holistic and vocational skill development opportunities. Supported in a nurturing environment, where each participant builds self-confidence and is empowered to live a life of dignity, independence and happiness.

KOTO is a longstanding partner of PACE International, since its inception in 2010. Over this time, Macquarie students have contributed immensely to the delivery of KOTO’s programs to have a real and quantifiable impact in alleviating poverty through providing educational opportunities for vulnerable youth in Vietnam.

Find out more on the KOTO website or view the New Colombo Plan video about students working at KOTO. Dateline also recently produced a great documentary about KOTO that you can watch on ABC iview.

Focus of PACE activities

KOTO is a longstanding partner of PACE International since 2010. PACE students have contributed immensely to the delivery of KOTO’s programs that have a real and quantifiable impact in alleviating poverty through providing educational opportunities for vulnerable youth in Vietnam.

HRStudents helped coordinate staff training workshops and performed a demographic analysis on volunteer information that was used to inform decision making and marketing for future volunteer groups.
MarketingStudents supported the marketing department with preparation for the End of Year Tet (Lunar New Year) Party by developing media presentations, designing promotional collateral, managing event logistics and fundraising.
BusinessStudents worked with KOTO’s People and Performance team to improve some internal processes. Students focused on the design and implementation of internal communications for current and past trainees, enhancing KOTO’s alumni program.
EducationStudents assisted KOTO trainers in delivering English language classes and hospitality curriculum. This included conducting lessons, tutoring sessions and hosting conversational English groups. Students also worked with staff to design and develop life-skills training and hospitality training.
Public RelationsStudents designed a sponsor information pamphlet outlining the benefits for potential sponsors for the KOTO Trainee Field Trip to Hoi An. Students also prepared an official media press-release for the field trip and created thank you letters and certificates for all event sponsors.

Student Stories - Russel Alivio

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I was in my final year of Commerce (Accounting) and Laws when I commenced my PACE International Activity in Vietnam.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I was assigned as an Alumni Relations Intern working on various projects within the Training and Alumni Services Department. For a few days I would be working on presentations, liaising with key sponsors or creating some team-building activities and then I’d be working on something completely different like designing shirts for our teams or learning the language and culture of the host country.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

PACE International not only gave me the opportunity to travel, but as a history and exploration enthusiast, I was most attracted to its fundamental purpose of nurturing the students to learn, engage and appreciate the culture and history of Australia’s neighbouring countries like Vietnam.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

I was away for four weeks to a place I hadn’t been before, which spoke a language I was unfamiliar with and that approached each day different to what I was accustomed to at home. You’ll be working as a team with members of different opinions, strengths and weaknesses. My advice would be to remain flexible and proactive — so avoid stressing if things don’t go as planned. In fact, you’ll find that a ‘go with the flow’ mentality is deeply rooted in the culture of many developing nations. That said however, you’re still representing Macquarie University as well as Australia. To me, this meant that maintaining composure was of paramount importance in those off days where I’d be tired or if plans took a different turn.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Aside from the travelling and exploring I got to do on the weekends, what I really valued most from my PACE International experience was the engagement in work and the people. I worked on more than just one project over the month and even when I finished, there’d always be something to do. Throughout the month volunteering, I also took pride in the little things that seemed to put a smile on faces of people from the host country. Just conversing in English or sharing ideas or meals goes a long way. You discover the untold stories of people that have lived in small towns and cities their whole lives. Listening to peoples dreams and aspirations in a volunteer capacity has that human touch that you can’t buy or plan for when you visit a country as a tourist.

Student experiences - Ryan Lee

“I have been learning a lot about marketing at university, but to go out and practice it in another country with different cultures in an invaluable experience. The PACE International experience will show employers that you have the ability to go past what you’ve actually learned at university and that you can use your skills in an international context.”

Student experiences - Stephanie Hickman

"My experience with KOTO through PACE International was even more fulfilling than I anticipated. The opportunity to apply skills to a professional project, while working with and amongst another culture is the best of both worlds. I hope to be able to work with KOTO again in the future. The friendships made, the cultural experience and professional development gained are all invaluable."

Student experiences - Denise Celestino

"Working for KOTO changed my perspectives on life and clarified my own path to the future. It has shown me that passion, hope and hard work can get you to achieve so much. Working in a different work environment gave me so many different experiences I can utilise in future careers but getting to the know the students, teachers, staff and alumni made this experience even better than I expected."

Student experiences - Tamara Frary

“Travelling abroad to various countries could not have prepared me in the same way as working overseas. PACE International allowed me to develop my cross-cultural relations. I learnt worldly knowledge from a perspective I have never been given the chance to learn from before. The PACE International program gave me support that I wouldn’t have been able to receive on my own. This was the perfect way to gain a stronger understanding of cross-cultural relations and a great stepping stone to working abroad on my own in the future.”

NGO Forum’s vision is that well-informed citizens and civil society organisations in Cambodia positively influence pro-poor, equitable and sustainable development, supported by a transparent and accountable government.

NGO Forum’s overall goal is to ensure that citizens and civil society organisations are well-equipped to contribute and influence policy making and implementation processes for the benefit of poor and vulnerable people of Cambodia. They regularly analyse proposed legislation, providing important feedback and commentary to government and the wider legal sector. Find out more on the NGO Forum website.

Focus of PACE Activities

LawStudents focused on researching indigenous land rights and comparing the main modes of land ownership and land use for indigenous communities. The completed research was used for a review of the 2001 Land Law policy that was submitted to the government ministry.
LawStudents provided legal support to NGO Forum's three core programming areas (Land and Forestry, Environment and Agriculture and National Policy). Students reviewed and made recommendations for policy processes to ensure land security and housing rights for displaced communities contributed to securing land tenure for indigenous people and strengthened forestry governance further improving policy processes.

Student experiences - Seini Hafoka

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I am an undergraduate student studying Law and Social Science with a major in Criminology. I undertook my PACE International activity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and worked with the NGO Forum on Cambodia.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I worked with the NGO Forum’s Environmental and Agricultural Program. I specifically worked on the Climate Change Policy and Monitoring Project. It promotes awareness of climate change impacts in Cambodia by engaging local and international NGOs, government agencies, researchers, environmentalists’, educators and students. I was really excited to work with an organisation that brings multiple perspectives together to build resolutions that suit everyone.

My role within the Project was to develop a policy brief on Australian climate change initiatives that could be implemented in Cambodia. I was fortunate enough to attend multiple workshops and meetings where I heard the perspectives of other organisations, politicians and members of the community. Hearing from the Cambodian people themselves greatly informed my research because I didn’t feel like an ‘outside’ party conducting secondary research. It was great to experience their input first-hand.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

The opportunity to experience a new country and its culture whilst earning credit points towards a unit was too attractive to pass. I felt safe knowing that PACE International has been running for years and was impressed by the various partner organisations. Essentially, I was searching for a PACE program that could transform my way of thinking. I knew that being in a foreign country and working with their people would spark new interests in me. I was also excited to work with other students from the University who shared similar interests as me.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Jump right in. If you’re certain that you’re eligible for the available units and meet all the prerequisites – take advantage of it! I only considered PACE International in my final year, and I wish I had taken advantage of it earlier. There are endless opportunities for students to experience different workplaces, cultures and people. It is a unique feature of Macquarie because not many other Universities give you the opportunity to work overseas whilst earning credits towards your degree.

As long as you do your research on the country and activity you’re interested in, there’s nothing to fear. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Cambodia was a country that I never thought of visiting before undertaking PACE. I’m glad that I took the chance because I experienced so many things that I never thought I would.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

The best part of my experience was meeting so many different people. When you’re born and raised within a certain cultural context, you tend to forget how the other side of the world is living. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a working-class family, so there is a lot that I take for granted. The ability to attend University, earn a decent wage and move freely – it’s something you don’t consciously think about.

When you meet others, who don’t have the same freedoms as you, but are willing to make your experience in another country worthwhile – it makes you grateful. Grateful for the opportunities and platforms afforded to you, and grateful for their generosity and time to make you feel welcome. I met so many wonderful and interesting people at NGO Forum, at my in-country host organisation and within the wider community. We shared our stories, dreams, food, and laughs – and I feel like this was the highlight of my experience because they taught me more than I could have ever taught them.

The organisation strives to empower indigenous communities through systematic building and strengthening of community organisations to act collectively on their own. They also realise the need to support networking among organisations struggling to assert right over community resources and revitalising indigenous systems which is what they are currently striving to do. For more information see the PACOS Trust website.

Focus of PACE activities

Students interested in participating in activities with PACOS Trust need to have great teamwork skills and work well independently. They will also need to be resourceful, view challenges as opportunities for growth, and work well in cross-cultural environments. Law activities can be particularly rigorous, requiring a strong work ethic, interest and academic skills.

All PACE International activities at PACOS Trust include a 4-5 day field trip to the surrounding villages. Student must be able to manage basic (safe, clean and homely) living conditions and have a basic level of fitness to undertake the field trip.

AreaPrevious activity examples
LawStudents created documentation to preserve institutional knowledge of successful native title claims. This included a review and analysis of the recorded material, along with an interview of legal professionals and community elders.
LawStudents collated evidence and data on the social and economic history of an indigenous community based in Sabah for a report on native customary rights (NCR). Through their work, the students helped to preserve the story of the community and to aid PACOS Trust in providing legal advice.
Social researchStudents researched and documented a language that is only spoken in the Kiau Forest. The boundary of the community was eroding due to deforestation and it was feared the community’s connection to the forest language might disappear. Students documented the reason the language is different in the forest and used it as a tool for the future preservation of the forest.
Social researchWorking with 6 different villages in Sabah, students developed a social impact assessment on the proposed establishment of a hydro electric dam in a remote and pristine area of Sabah. The dam would impact on the displacement of over 2000 indigenous people residing in the area. The aim of the students' report was to look at alternatives to the dam and the social impacts on local communities if it were to proceed.

Student experiences - Perri Reynolds

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology – Sabah, Malaysia (PACOS Trust)

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

My role at PACOS Trust was to act as a Legal Intern in relation to matters of Native Title Land Rights in Sabah and to ultimately produce a report including a case study of a local communities’ struggle in protecting their land rights against corporation interference.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

What initially attracted me to undertaking PACE International was the prospect of being able to put my legal skills and knowledge to the test within an international setting, and having the opportunity to help benefit communities in Sabah seemed like the perfect chance to do that. However, ultimately, I would say that what really attracted me to undertaking PACE International was the prospect of challenging myself to do something different and to step outside my comfort zone.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Definitely do it. I cannot think of a single reason why you shouldn’t apply for a PACE International opportunity. It has literally been life changing, invigorating, and has shaped me as a human more so than I would care to admit!

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

The friendships I made and the confidence that undertaking the activity gave me in pursuing a career in law. That and the amazing food whilst I was over in Malaysia!

Student experiences - Lyle Tamlyn

“My PACE experience in Borneo was amazing, and something that I certainly would not have been able to do outside the programme. It helped me build on my capacity to adapt to new working environments and allowed me to meet so many inspiring people. It also gave me the opportunity to put my academic knowledge into practice, greatly contributing to my knowledge of the discipline. Being able to produce a report that should meaningfully assist the communities we interacted with was definitely the highlight, and something I will value. The greater PACE initiative, and long-standing relationship with PACOS is something that Macquarie should be proud of! ”

Student experiences - Ashlee Taylor

“My experience in Malaysian Borneo was nothing but positive... I learnt so much in such a small amount of time... I am proud of what I achieved and will forever remember my time there. I will treasure the friendships formed with both my fellow students and the PACOS staff. I will miss my days in Malaysian Borneo”

Student experiences - Lizz King

"Applying for a PACE International project was the best decision I’ve made in my undergraduate degree, as it gave me an incredible opportunity to travel overseas, experience the workings and structure of a grassroots NGO, and engage in international human rights law, as well as domestic Sabahan land law... My experiences in Borneo helped me develop the courage and skills to live and work overseas and immerse myself in a different culture, and as a result of this incredible internship I have recently been selected to work at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You never know where a PACE International project will take you, or how it will shape your life, so take the leap and apply! You won’t regret it."

Student experiences - Anna Glen

"PACOS trust is a wonderful organisation that conducts meaningful work and has friendly staff. The feeling of community and support in this organisation cannot be understated; PACOS is more of a family than an organisation. From the moment I started I felt welcomed and supported and could sense their passion for indigenous land rights... You learn so much more than a textbook could ever teach you!"

Student experiences - Nigel Khine

"No other program in the university allows you to go overseas and engage in this life-changing experience. The people you meet, the places you go and the cultures you see will challenge views and understanding of the world. Although the program was of little cost to us, our work had the potential to drastically change the lives of others, for the better. I would definitely do it again."

Student experiences - Kerstin Siegmund

“The trip to Sabah has been one of the highlights of my degree. I can’t recommend it enough to others to participate in a PACE international experience. The preparation for the activity was great and the incountry support too. The skills and knowledge I have gained will definitely be beneficial for my future personal and professional development. ”

Student experiences - Nicholas Wasiliev

"This experience has been one of the most life-changing experiences. Before this trip I was struggling with university and couldn't see any worth in my work. This trip has reminded me of how important our work is, how lucky we are, and how much we can contribute to the world. Without a doubt one of the best experiences I have ever been involved in, and I cannot stress enough how useful this trip has been, and I now look to the future, not with dread of finishing my degree, but with optimism of being able to go out and make a difference to peoples lives. I resolutely recommend this experience."

Student experiences - Thomas Lyons

"I could not help but feel an overwhelming sense of achievement and satisfaction at the completion of our report compiled for the local native community we had been working with for the past month. After the one week field trip to the community, it no longer became a university project I had to complete to gain credit points. It was bigger than that. After meeting the people and hearing their stories, I began to feel a personal and professional obligation to give my absolute best effort to help them in their struggles."

Student experiences - Nathan Winter

“PACE International is an opportunity that few get to experience. I would encourage anyone offered this opportunity to take it. You come away feeling elated at the prospect that in some way you have been able to help. You are broadening your understanding, while acknowledging the importance of life. It is an environment I wish you all to acknowledge and understand, as it is environment that has opened my mind to the nature that is life.”

Student experiences - Jessie Strange

"This is experience was the most incredible thing I have done. I have learnt so much about myself. Everything I've Learnt in a classroom at uni  does not compare to the feeling I got when I completed a report that was soley researched by my team and I. I was fully supported and had the most incredible trip."

Student experiences - Naomi Gibson

"PACE International gave me an opportunity to safely and comfortably work in an area I never would have otherwise - with wonderful people (both locals and other students) from whom I learnt so, so much. I have come away with both professional and personal skills that will be invaluable in my life looking forward. I'm so glad I grasped one of the last opportunities I will have to undertake study overseas."

Pravah's programs focus on engaging youth in active citizenship, creating open attitudes to and responsibility for community and open spaces, developing young leaders and leadership skills and supporting social change initiatives developed for and by youth.

Based on the insights gained over the past twenty five years, Pravah has developed a unique approach to youth development embodied in the concept of the 5th Space. They believe that as a society we have ‘legitimized’ four spaces for young people – that of family, friends, career / career-related education and leisure or recreation. There is on the margins – a 5th Space – a space where young people discover themselves by engaging in social action, a space where they engage in active citizenship, volunteering and much more. Find out more on the Pravah website.

Focus of PACE activities

Pravah like to identify and work with students' skills and interests, creating activities collaboratively so students are engaged with their work in country.

AreaPrevious activity example
Law / Community engagementA student was tasked with creating legal workshops for the MLMF (My Life, Mere Faisle) program at Pravah. To inform their work they used documents created by previous PACE students that summarized important law and policy on topics such as dowry, early child marriage and domestic violence. After planning and development, the student created 7 small workshops that each run for approximately 2-3 hours, to present the law in accessible and understandable ways whilst remaining engaging and fun.
HRA student streamlined the Human Resource team's online recruitment database process and helped others to navigate the system.
Social mediaA student helped to manage Pravah's social media platforms and promote the work of the organisation to stakeholders.
Event managementStudents supported the mobilisation of young people for social change activities including providing leadership skills and perspective building workshops, creating database of youth opportunities and supporting documentation/reporting of events.
BusinessA student create a database of opportunities for Pravah local youth volunteers/interns to undertake work experience with NGOs and INGOs. Support Pravah staff and volunteers to make connections.
Public RelationsA student researched opportunities for marketing Pravah amongst businesses and organisations as a viable corporate social responsibility option. Support Pravah staff and volunteers to build relationships and pitch the importance of youth development for India.

Student experiences - Shika Hegde

Pravah alumniWhat do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Laws, majoring in International Law and Global Governance. I travelled to Delhi, India to work with Pravah, Delhi for my PACE International activity.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

My role at Pravah, Delhi was to communicate the Law, Policies and Legal options available to the youth in relation to issues concerning Early Child Marriage, Dowry Law, Domestic Violence, Sanitation and Sexual Reproductive Health rights in India. My job was to essentially spread some awareness amongst the female youth and empower them to not only know but use their legal rights and options to deal with difficult situations Indian women are often faced with. The result of my research was a series of pamphlets that effectively summarise the law, policies, and options available to the youth in relation to the above prevalent issues. These pamphlets are currently in the process of being translated to Hindi and once translated they will be handed out and passed on to partner organisations throughout India during youth-led programs.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

The same year I applied I had just completed 6 months abroad in The Netherlands through the Macquarie International Exchange Program. As such, the prospect of participating in another international program stirred a feeling of overwhelming excitement in me. I view any international experience as a fantastic life opportunity with tremendous potential for self-development and personal experience. After studying in another country, I thought it would be an exciting adventure to work in another country!

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE
International activity?

Definitely apply! Apart from working with inspiring organisations that focus on creating real change, you’re given the opportunity to experience living in a different country and truly understand the fabric of another culture.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

My work at Pravah was definitely a highlight of my PACE International Experience.  My work with the NGO has opened my mind to the mechanics of a different justice system through researching and understanding how laws are applied and enforced. It has deepened my understanding of the Law from an Indian perspective and has enhanced my passion for Human Rights Law and Diplomacy by working directly with Pravah to address complex social justice concerns embedded in India’s youth. As a law student, I was deeply inspired throughout my placement at Pravah and continue to be inspired by their successes in facilitating change in today’s Indian Youth, giving them a voice, creating agency, and instilling awareness through empathy. Pravah is an organisation that is working on not only exciting but important work for the greater community of India and I am grateful for the opportunity to truly understand the impact of their work from a social and legal perspective.

Student Experiences - Henry Downing

"My experience overseas allowed me to apply skills that I have learned through my degree in an environment that I would have not usually had access to. The work was challenging and exciting, but the most important aspect of the journey was the friends I have made in the process!"

Student Experiences - Johanna Long

"Overall, the experience was so enriching for me personally as well as professionally. For people participating in this opportunity in the future, it is so important to be open-minded and easy going in order to make the most out of your experience. Jump into the culture, learn the language, eat the food, and make friends with locals from your organisation!"

Student experiences - Sajal Sehgal

"One of the best and most important experience I've ever had in my life or will ever do. It's not just an ordinary internship, it's more than what you'll ever expect."

Student experiences - Maya Obirek

"PACE International was an eye opening experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.  It was challenging and rewarding that has brought me many new friends and unforgettable experiences, making it  undoubtedly the highlight of my degree at Macquarie University."

Student experiences - Leesa Chen

"PACE International has opened my eyes to the real world beyond what the media and business books want you to know. You realize behind the cloud of opportunities, there is a society that demands sustainable development and this is how one individual like myself can make an impact. A changed perspective of the international community truly transforms the way you see, think and do in everything you do. From studies to career and beyond, a realistic approach opens yourself to new ideas and opportunities."

Student experiences - Reshma Zachariah

"PACE International will be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can undertake whilst at Macquarie University as it gives you an opportunity to make a real change within the global community. PACE International will give you the opportunity to make life-long friends and also develop skills in areas unknown to you before... I would wholeheartedly recommend PACE International to any student who is up for a challenge."

Restless Development India is part of an is an international non-government organisation that has a global vision of “young people taking a leadership role in addressing the most urgent issues facing their countries and the world”. Find out more on the Restless Development website.

Focus of PACE activities

Activities support the achievement of the organisations operational strategy of promoting youth participation and decision making in the areas of Civic Participation, Livelihoods & Employment, Sexual and Reproductive Health.

AreaPrevious activity examples
MediaStudents developed online promotional material, fundraising campaigns, marketing collateral and web based portals to engage and communicate with young people in their language.
Social ResearchStudents conducted a needs assessment and developed a framework for delivering sexual and reproductive health education to parents and their children.
FinanceStudents supported the finance team to prepare field offices for an internal Restless Development audit, conducted internal audit activities and implemented recommendations.

Student experiences - Tara Duncan

RD India AlumniWhat do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Arts – International Communication. I was fortunate enough to go to Restless Development in New Delhi, India.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I was a Communications Intern, which enabled me to dabble with various other departments both within India, and globally with their head office in the UK. My main role was to disseminate on-brand material, which involved various platforms. Not only did I create content digitally through toolkits and blogs, but I also delivered a workshop to college students surrounding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There was a real mix of opportunities.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

As I was approaching the conclusion of my degree, I wanted to continue to explore what opportunities were available that incorporated both travel and workplace experience. PACE International was the perfect fit for this, and the study element tied in seamlessly with the key learnings from both of my degrees. The global element was highly attractive, as being adaptable to new cultural environments is becoming one of the more demanded skills of graduates. PACE made this a reality.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Apply! The program makes it incredibly easy to gain real-life, global work experience. From the financial aid, to the support that you receive prior, during and post the activity, PACE International will add an element of appeal to your transcript and your life.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

It’s hard to pick just one! A few key highlights for me would have been extending my networks to new locations globally, visiting the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and knowing how beneficial my experience is to not only the university but to our government, and of course the travel! The weekends are yours to go exploring with the other people on your program, and you get really great insider tips from the other employees at your workplace that makes you feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller.

Student experiences - Sophie Nyssen

"The time I spent in India working with Restless Development through the PACE international program was an unforgettable, enriching experience that allowed me to learn lessons I could never learn inside a classroom. The project I undertook, the people I met and the wonderfully vibrant culture of India equated into one of the best times of my life so far!"

Student experiences - Alisha Saini

“The PACE program is a must in a life time. It not only gave me the confidence to interact with other people professionally but also to be independent... one comes back transformed. Words don’t do this project justice, its the experience which will truly leave an impact. ”

  • Building a strong youth sector and engaging in meaningful participation
  • Capacity building of young people and adolescents
  • Keeping girls in school
  • Training youth in vocational skills and engaging them in livelihood opportunities
  • Training youth in finance and social skills
  • Ending child marriage through peer education and community engagement
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence
  • The Abolition of Chhaupadi (isolation of women during menstruation)

Restless Development is an international non-government organisation that has a global vision of “Young people taking a leadership role in addressing the most urgent issues facing their countries and the world, supported fully by their governments, their communities, businesses and civil society institutions”. Find out more on their website.

Focus of PACE activities

Restless Development Nepal often shape activities to suit the skills and interests of students. Activities can be general in nature, suiting students who are proactive and adaptable and benefiting those seeking a real community development experience in Nepal.

LawStudents supported Restless Development's ‘Zero Tolerance’ initiative to end Gender based Violence in schools around the area. As part of their work the students undertook desk research into international legal frameworks relating to the prevention of GBV, laws and policies at a national level within Nepal and what was happening at a local level in terms of implementation. By working with schools and communities to end gender based violence the group helped to engage students, teachers and communities and developed service maps by building upon evidence and information gathered through a combination of community-based and desk-based legal research. 
FinanceStudents supported the finance team to prepare field offices for an internal Restless Development audit, conducted internal audit activities and implemented recommendations.
LawStudents conducted research on existing LGBTI and Sexual Reproductive Health policy, focusing on legal frameworks and implementation gaps as well as undertaking a capacity assessment on service providers within gender and sexual minorities space, and how they are serving the community.
Business/ MarketingStudents developed important program documents such as our Youth Engagement Guideline, Youth Power Stories, Alumni Engagement Guideline.

Student experiences - Mohra Fazel

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I studied a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Arts (Public Policy, Law and Governance). I travelled to Nepal for my activity, and I worked with the organisation Restless Development who empower youth to overcome global challenges.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

In Nepal, Restless Development linked us with a local non-governmental organisation, who were involved with the ‘Zero Tolerance’ initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence in school settings around Nepal. Our overarching task was to develop a report for the local partner and Restless Development, outlining how the ‘Zero Tolerance’ initiative had been implemented and received locally.

In my role, I conducted legal research and focused on government policy in Nepal concerning gender-based violence, issues surrounding access to justice and the awareness of legal mechanisms and processes available to local communities.

I also had the opportunity to interview local community stakeholders such as members of the District Education Office, the Women and Children’s Office and the District Bar Association to discuss their roles in reducing gender-based violence locally.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was attracted to the idea of placing myself out of my comfort zone - I wanted what I considered to be my limited perspective, to be challenged. As I am passionate about access to justice, it was important that I broadened my perspective and understood the complexities of achieving justice for communities across different cultural contexts. During law school we were introduced to the theoretical concept of ‘justice’ in the classroom, but PACE International provided a window into understanding how justice is accessed, understood and applied on the ground across different groups globally.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

PACE International is a unique opportunity to learn and contribute to an international partner organisation. You are provided with an invaluable opportunity to listen to the people who are locally involved and familiar with the issues that you will be working on. I think you should embrace the learning experience and allow for your perspective to be challenged, as it develops a more comprehensive and informed understanding of the issues you will be involved with and which are relevant to your degree.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

Developing meaningful connections with the people I met from the organisations I worked with! I really treasure the feeling that the world has become a little smaller through the connections made across the globe. I’m still in touch with my colleagues from Nepal on social media and follow their commitments towards creating more inclusive and just local communities in Nepal.

Also, experiencing sunrise at Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) in Kathmandu, one of Nepal’s oldest and holiest religious sites, which sits atop a hill and gives you a panoramic view of Kathmandu city from above, is an incredibly unique cultural experience that I won’t forget for many years to come!

It is an independent and non-monitoring university-based research centre committed to providing high quality education in human rights and international humanitarian law to Cambodian students. PACE students have been supporting course curricula development to be used by RULE academics, along with institutions throughout Cambodia and ASEAN.

The National Institute of Law and Economics (RULE) was first established in 1948. It was the first post-secondary level institution in Cambodia. In 1953, RULE began a three year, Bachelor of Laws degree program which was later incorporated into the University of Phnom Penh as the Faculty of Law and Economics in 1957. RULE now offer their Bachelor of Laws in English language, enabling them to participate on the global stage in events such as the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Find out more on the RULE website. You can also view their videos here.

Focus of PACE activities

Students particularly interested in humanitarian law issues within South East Asia are well suited to CSHL activities. Students typically work individually on projects and may be invited to participate in a mooting class. Students need to be self-motivated, flexible and independent.

LawA student supported the moot team at CSHL with their memo preparation to represent Cambodia in the 2018 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court competition in Geneva. The team received Third Best Memo among forty teams qualifying to plead in Geneva.
LawA student supported the development of a Human Rights Law Teaching Handbook based on the summaries of the judgments of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The work contributed to the legacy of the ECCC by providing law students, academics and practitioners with an overview of the decisions of the ECCC, thereby enabling them to better transfer the lessons from these decisions to issues in criminal procedure, to the domestic system.
LawA student wrote and edited three modules for the teaching handbook designed to teach Human Rights Law in Cambodian universities.

Student experiences - Anmol Singh

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a combined degree of Bachelor of Applied Finance with Laws. I was placed with the Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law which is a part of the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), located in Cambodia.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I was a research assistant, tasked with writing modules for a Human Rights Law Teaching Handbook.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was attracted to the PACE International program as it offered international work experience and the opportunity to expand my understanding of other cultures.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

It is most certainly an extremely valuable experience and I would highly encourage fellow students to apply. It is an experience that will not only boost career opportunities, but one that will facilitate positive character development.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

The highlight of my experience was the opportunity to meet and work with new people. The warmth I received from my fellow colleagues at the organisation made me feel at home in a completely foreign environment and is something I will always cherish.

The organisation supports this by helping promote the rights of children both by working with children directly and also by driving change at higher government and policy levels.  This is also supported by theirr work around disaster preparedness that helps reduce the overwhelming risks to children during times of disaster by educating and empowering communities to act before disasters occur. Find more information on the Save the Children website.

Focus of PACE activities

Activities suit students with experience in monitoring & evaluation and conducting focus groups, interviews and surveys. Students need to be able to work to a high standard, in a fast paced environment, with minimal supervision. Students typically work on a communications plan for Save The Children's programs.

AreaPrevious activity examples
Social researchA student conducted research and a longitudinal study on children in Fiji who attended kindergarten versus those who had not. At the same time providing support on child rights, health, child protection and humanitarian assistance.
HealthStudents created a series of ‘fact sheets’ for Save the Children Fiji and disseminated these sheets to various people and groups such as policy makers and planners, donors, teachers and schools, media, community organisations.
LawA student provided support on child rights, health, child protection and humanitarian assistance

Student experiences - Stephanie Lockhart

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?
I study Social Science with a major in development studies and culture change and as part of my PACE unit for my degree, 2 of us had the opportunity to work in Suva, Fiji with Save the Children Fiji.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?
We were working on a child rights research project to explore the current situation surrounding children's rights in Fiji. This involved designing, conducting and analysing surveys, one-on-one interviews, and focus groups. At the end of our project, we presented a presentation to our organisation of the work that we had completed during our time with them.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?
I was attracted to the PACE International program as, having done exchange in Fiji in the previous year, I developed a major interest in the Pacific and was excited and enthusiastic to learn more through further work in this region!  The project was a great fit for providing me an opportunity to expand my skills and knowledge in my field of study.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?
I recommend if you are considering applying for a PACE International activity to do it because you grow so much personally, academically, and professionally through the experience.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?
There were so many amazing aspects of my PACE International experience. Some of my favourites was the networks and relationships that were built with people and organisations in another country. Furthermore, having the opportunity to travel around Fiji with Save the Children to conduct interviews and gather data made for plenty of unforgettable memories and major opportunities for the development of my skills in researching.

Students have an opportunity to design and deliver training workshops in a cross cultural and collaborative environment, whilst contributing to Taman Pintar's aim of promoting science. The programs build on their existing science and technology promotion activities and help Taman Pintar showcase that they are at forefront of innovative education to both students and the general public. Find more information on the Taman Pintar website.

Focus of PACE activities

AreaPrevious activity examples

Students designed and delivered simple robotics training workshops for young Indonesians in the use of Edison robots and in the context of robotics in general.

EngineeringStudents worked collaboratively to deliver engaging educational workshops relating to robotics and programming for Indonesian students aged between 10 and 12 as part of Taman Pintar’s science, engineering and technology promotion activities.

Student experiences - Austin Cheung

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?
I am an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student, in my fourth and final year of my degree. In January of 2018, I travelled to the Special Region of Yogyakarta, in Indonesia. While in Yogyakarta, I worked with Taman Pintar, a learning centre situated in the center of the city.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?
I, along with seven highly capable engineers, were sent abroad with the goal of educating primary and high school students on the field of robotics. My role as an educator; was to mentor, teach and inspire these students, to learn and open their eyes to the world of robotics. For the four weeks we worked with Taman Pintar, we taught several classes of students the basics of robotics. The team also represented Macquarie University and Australia, during events or when greeting organisation officials.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?
I personally always wanted to immerse myself in cultures that I was completely foreign to. Living as part of a new culture exposes you to new and diverse perspectives, and helps you better understand why certain people act the way they do. I also wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Going abroad meant that I would have to be take extra responsibility with my own health, finances and general well-being, becoming more independent in the process. Lastly, I knew it was a great opportunity to explore the world, make new friends and share memories that would last a lifetime!

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?
PACE is easily the best way for students in taking their first steps towards their future careers. Through PACE, I was able to develop and learn several new skills, which would have been impossible in a classroom environment. The memories and friendships I created during my activity, are ones I will never forget. I believe we are very fortunate to attend a university which provides us students with such amazing opportunities. Lastly, it will be extremely difficult to find the time to go abroad once you leave university and start your career, so now is the best time, while you still have the time and energy!

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?
Embarking on a PACE International activity is full of great experiences that will last a lifetime. Making friends, new experiences, travelling, experiencing new cultures and learning, just to list a few! However, for me, the best part of my PACE International experience was getting to know some of the students I had the pleasure of teaching. Bonding with the students, despite the language barrier was a unique and memorable experience. I remember seeing the excitement in my student’s eyes as their robot did a simple task. Seeing such a trivial toy for me, bringing such joy to these kids, was definitely a feeling I won’t forget.

Student experiences - Joel Berta

"PACE is one of, if not the best, way to kickstart your professional career in the degree of your choice. I have gained so much confidence in terms of working in a professional environment and loved every moment I was over in Indonesia."

Student experiences - Luke Magri

"The overall experience was great. I learned many things and it provided me with a more well developed view of the world as a whole. I would recommend the program to anyone who was interested. Truly an 11/10 experience."

Student experiences - Winston Ong

"Working with PACE and our host organization, Taman Pintar, in Indonesia has got to be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I have had.... Professionally I have grown a lot, with greater desire to work on engineering projects as well as work for companies internationally. I have never felt more excited about the prospect of working professionally than after my PACE International project."

YAKKUM aim to empower people with disability to reach optimal levels of independence physically, socially and financially while also empowering the community to accept and include those with disability.

At the community level YAKKUM focuses on empowering people with disability, their families and also the community so that they remain people with dignity and have access to have their basic rights fulfilled.

The objectives that YAKKUM is currently working on are:

  • Working with communities to raise awareness of the rights people with disabilities.
  • YAKKUM Rehabilitation Centre aims to provide comprehensive and holistic support to the people with work with.
  • Becoming organisation that is independent and sustainable so we can continue to support people with disabilities throughout Indonesia.
  • Providing rehabilitation support to the victims of disasters.

Find more information on the Yakkum website. You can also see the experience of past PACE International students on activity with YAKKUM through this video.

Examples of previous PACE activities


Students created a 50-page booklet translated in both Indonesian and English detailing mental health first aid strategies and individual long-term strategies to enhance wellbeing.

Students developed disability inclusive activities to introduce and advocate disability issues, including developing media campaigns to promote income generation unit programs

Student experiences - Ashleigh Arkell

Ashleigh Arkell YakkumWhat do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Human Sciences, majoring in Public Health: Policy and Promotion with a minor in Language and Professional Communication- Yakkum, Indonesia

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I completed two projects. The first was to observe Yakkum's community education program, interview stakeholders and create a report with recommendations for improving the program. The second was to make a promotional video highlighting all of Yakkum's services and to provide photographs of the facilities that Yakkum could use for future promotional material.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was interested in completing my placement through PACE International because it looked exciting and challenging. It presented the opportunity to travel while studying and to learn how to think outside of the box in a completely unfamiliar context. It was also a great opportunity to distinguish myself from other graduates who will be applying for the same jobs as me one day.

What advice would you give to a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Be brave and go for it. I was terrified to go, but I'm so glad that I did! Embrace being completely out of your comfort zone, because the more that you get involved and immerse yourself in the culture and the project, the more you will learn and the more you will grow as an individual.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

There's so many! One of the best parts was seeing health promotion in action. One day, we visited disabled batik workers who are now employed as a result of Yakkum's vocational training program. This has provided these people with an income, social connections and allows them to participate in society - all of which will improve their health status in the long term.
Visiting the local elementary school to observe the education program was amazing. The kids were so excited and enthusiastic.
I also loved exploring the city, the temples and Mount Merapi on the weekends.

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