Know One Teach One (KOTO)

Know One Teach One (KOTO)

KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One" and this ethos permeates KOTO's work towards ending the cycle of poverty by empowering at-risk and disadvantaged youth to create better futures for themselves and their communities primarily through the transformative power of social enterprise.

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.

Find out more on the KOTO website or view the New Colombo Plan video about students working at KOTO.

Meet our alumni

Russel Alivio, KOTO, Winter Vacation 2018

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.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

PACE unitUnit timingOverseas activity timingPrevious activity examples
PACE360Winter Vacation/
Session 3 (same time as activity) 
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Improve and implement processes for KOTO's alumni program
INTS305Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Planning and preparing sponsorship marketing material
TEP401 (This PACE activity will satisfy 10% of your total practicum hours)Session 1 2020 (after activity)Winter VacationWorking as tutors/teachers assistants within the KOTO Training Department supporting local staff to provide native English support in the classroom using the KOTO cirriculum.
PSY399Session 2 (after activity)Winter VacationStudents will support marketing and customer service support to KOTO staff and trainees by assisting with product promotions and content development for the KOTO restaurant. Students will design and deliver a series of training workshops to the trainees and staff.
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