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ICEP Australia

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Our partner in Australia is the Sydney YMCA. We are largely based out of Camp Yarramundi, which was established in 1937 and is located just over an hour from Sydney. Participants will experience a winter camp with Australian teens, spend time with youth and volunteers in the Outback, and complete various service projects coordinated by our host partners in and around Camp Yarramundi. Some past activities included accompanying local teens to school, taking surfing lessons, and learning more about Australian wildlife at a Wildlife Reserve. Service projects in the past have included a mix of social and physical projects. Physical projects have included painting projects at Camp Yarramundi, helping with the camp garden, and removing invasive plant species from local waterways. The group will take a week-long excursion to the Outback to do service and explore another part of the country. Additional experiences have been day trips to the Blue Mountains and Sydney, exploring Bondi Beach, and learning about Australian Indigenous culture.

Program Highlights

  • Attend school with an Australian teenager
  • Volunteer at an elementary school and attend an AFL game while getting a feel for life in the Outback
  • Explore Sydney, one of the most diverse cities in the world
  • Take over where other ICEP groups left off and help give back to our host, Camp Yarramundi

Accommodations

Most accommodations on ICEP Australia will be in dorm style housing in community centers, hostels, or at camp. Please note, the exact number of nights in each location is subject to change.

35 nights total:

  • 4 nights at CCC/CB
  • 3 nights on plane
  • 17 nights Camp Yarramundi
  • 2-3 nights Sydney Olympic Park Lodge
  • 8 nights cabins/hostels in Outback

Special Considerations

  • It is winter in Australia during the time of the program – temperatures are in the 40s to 50s.
  • 24+ hour flight
  • In 2017 ICEP Australia did not have a homestay, but we are working to resume a 3 – 5 night homestay for 2018. This will not be confirmed until the spring.

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