Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Since their small beginnings in 2003, Blue Dragon has become a powerful force for change on the streets of Vietnam, both in the cities and in rural areas where poverty is widespread.

Blue Dragon offers children and families in crisis the chance to turn their lives around, providing practical solutions to the daily problems that are keeping poverty alive. By working with street children, children with disabilities, children from rural families living in extreme poverty and victims of human trafficking and slavery Blue Dragon has become a powerful force for change on the streets of Vietnam. Targeting both the bustling cities and rural areas, where poverty is widespread, Blue Dragon believes that every child deserves protection so they can grow and flourish.

Blue Dragon's services are holistic, including rescue and crisis care for young people in immediate danger, shelter, legal advocacy and long-term support to return to school and training. While taking care of each child’s immediate needs, Blue Dragon invest in community development and long-term change on a systemic scale.

See Blue Dragon's website for more information.

Blue Dragon Children's Foundation's activities have provided students with experience in social research, team work, facilitation/training, mentoring, working with young people, monitoring and evaluation and health promotion/policy.

Accommodation: Typically twin-share hotel style accommodation in Hue City.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July)

Activity length: 4 weeks

PACE Units*: HLTH3050, MQBS3000, PSYU3399, SSCI3090

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

Blue Dragon's office is located in Hue, Vietnam. Located on the banks of the beautifully named Song Huong (Perfume River), Hue is often labelled as one of the most charming towns in the country and has a long and illustrious history as its previous royal capital city. From the rambling ancient architecture to some of the best food Vietnam has to offer, Hue has the right balance of new and old at every budget.

The Hue activity typically includes day trips out to poor communities where students experience Blue Dragon's rural outreach. Students may be challenged with situations of poverty and the difficult conditions that are reality for the children and families living in Hue province.

Previous Activities

AreaDescription
PsychologyStudents developed life-skills workshop content around leadership training for local staff; facilitation skills for volunteers and youth leaders; knowledge sharing with staff and volunteers about child psychological development; age appropriate activity design and events for children and youth.
PsychologyStudents produced resources for Blue Dragon's Safe and Sound program, including developing and conducting life-skills programs and play therapy sessions for children. Students also created 50 new activities for Blue Dragon's activity bank, aimed at integrating interpersonal skills such as teamwork, confidence building, communication and leadership into fun, educational activities.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.

Eligibility

PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

COVERED IN ACTIVITY COSTS
  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
NOT INCLUDED IN ACTIVITY COSTS
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

Student experiences - Eryn Chapman

"During the four week placement, we were given hands on experience working in the community centres with children who have returned from human trafficking and also vulnerable children to human trafficking. The staff, volunteers and youth leaders we got to know during this time were some of the most incredible people I have ever met, and the dedication they have to helping develop their community is amazing. This is an experience that I will hold near to my heart always. Not only did we get to share so much of our practical knowledge with the organisation, but the people we met taught us life lessons that could not be learned in any tutorial or lecture. Further, having the opportunity to meet with the CEO of Blue Dragon, Michael Brosowski, was an inspirational moment for all of us. " – Eryn Chapman

Student experiences - Maddison O'Gradey-Lee

"We were completely immersed in the culture and exposed to a social issue where we were able to see first-hand the causes, the impact and importance of education which made us ethical global citizens." - Maddison O'Gradey-Lee

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