Travel Program

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A key component of the programs that g-oz offers is the opportunity for selected participants from Halls Creek, Carnarvon and Lockhart River to travel to the capital cities of Australia to share in cultural exchange with peer-aged members of the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) choristers and their families. Since 2010, 79 girls from Halls Creek have travelled to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney and 42 girls from Carnarvon have travelled to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne or Sydney and 14 girls from Lockhart River have also travelled to Brisbane for the g-oz cultural exchange travel program. For the first time in 2017, g-oz undertook three consecutive travel programs with participants travelling to Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.

Eight engaged and enthusiastic Lockhart River participants travelled to Brisbane for a week-long tour. Highlights from their week include a visit to the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre, a dance workshop with and performance by the Queensland Ballet, a training session with the QLD Fire women’s cricket team, an afternoon tea with and intimate performance for our Patron, Dame Quentin Bryce, attending the stage show of The Wizard of Oz, and involvement in two performances at QPAC with the Australian Girls Choir.

A second week-long tour of Melbourne took place with eight girls from Carnarvon. Highlights from their week include a visit to the Wilin Centre at the Victorian College of the Arts and time with American hip hop group Arrested Development, a dance workshop with contemporary dance company Chunky Move, mentoring experiences with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, and involvement with two performances at Hamer Hall with the Australian Girls Choir.

The third Travel Program took place with eight girls from Halls Creek travelling to Perth. Highlights from the week include a mentoring session with Girls from Oz “alumni” members residing at St Catherine’s College, University of Western Australia, an inspiring performance at the 100 Women Annual Gala, and leadership workshop with 100 Women Chair, Alicia Curtis, attending Cirque Du Soleil’s 'Toruk – The First Flight', a morning tea with, and intimate performance for Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, the inaugural female Governor of Western Australia, and also involvement in two performances at Perth Concert Hall with the Australian Girls Choir.

We would like to sincerely thank the AGC families who hosted the girls during these weeks. The g-oz girls were overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of the AGC host families and spoke of the delicious dinners, the fun extra activities and the wonderful friendships they formed with the AGC choristers and their families.

The experience of the Sharp family is one that was echoed by all families who kindly hosted the girls.

"The thing that Girls from Oz offers to the rest of the community, to the rest of Australia, is the extreme honour and opportunity for us to get to know people that we ordinarily might not get to know and to learn how beautiful their souls are. I think it’s absolutely fabulous that we get the opportunity to meet these amazing girls and hope that we make something in their life that gives them the wherewithal to follow their dreams and to expand their horizons if that’s what they want.”

Michele Sharp, AGC Host Parent from Perth

 
We would also like to thank Carnarvon Community College, Halls Creek District High School and Lockhart State School for their significant contribution to each trip. Each school funds the travel, accommodation and salary of a staff member to accompany the girls to provide support to the g-oz team.
 
The administration of the travel program is funded entirely by g-oz program grants not by donations. In 2018, with support from the g-oz community, we plan to increase the number of girls involved in the travel program.