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CERES Global: Travel with Purpose

Posted in Events, Seeking, Visions by ceres on May 2nd, 2012

3 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
24 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

CERES Global is offering the opportunity for students and professionals interested in areas of environment, sustainability, community development, global equity, health and education to travel to Indonesia in July this year and contribute to local village societies by sharing skills in a range of community engagement areas.

To find out more attend and Information Session

Thursday 3rd May 6.30pm
Thursday 24th May 6.30pm

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, Crn Roberts and Stewarts Streets, East Brunswick.

Alternatively, you can read more information below.

Background to CERES
CERES is an environmental community organisation in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It has become an icon of locally based education and action on environmental and social justice issues. CERES aims to create awareness and action on issues of environmental sustainability and social equity – engaging the community in the process and celebrating the diversity of cultures making up our local community and world.

Background to CERES Global
CERES Global is a project within CERES aiming to engage with the issue of global inequities and the well being of all people on the planet and the environments in which they live. CERES Global runs trips India, Indonesia and Arnhem Land with the aim to engage Australian people with the issues of developing countries whilst enjoying the richness of their cultures and the wisdoms they can add to our understanding of sustainable wellbeing. The trips are also valuable in establishing ongoing relationships and links between remote communities and the resources and skills of our part of the world.

Indonesia 1 – 17th July 2012
This cultural volunteer program offers interested people the opportunity to take part in a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. The aim of the trip is to harness connections and build cross cultural friendships, share ideas, skills and experiences, and create understanding between people from diverse backgrounds. Travellers will experience daily village life and work alongside community organisations implementing fresh approaches to sustainability and community development.

Most of our time in Indonesia will be spent working alongside the organisation Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

“Yum’s community based projects aim to provide a better standard of living for those families living in poverty. They work in a number of sectors including water and sanitation, agriculture and microcredit for women. YUM aims to create a foundation for long-term stability and growth by promoting cooperation between members of each community and show communities what can be achieved when they work together.” 

How participants can get involved:

  • English teaching (kindergarten to adult)
  • English teacher training
  • Organic/permaculture farming/training
  • Community Library activities
  • Environmental/outdoor education
  • Art, drama, dance, sport, music classes
  • Waste Education (project development and implementation with staff)
  • Maternal Health
  • Recycling program
  • Possibly – researching the implementation of hydro electricity generation (they already have the site and plans, but no funding or feasibility study)
  • Organise activities and workshops with the local community (mostly children) or with the YUM staff
  • Undertaking maintenance around the grounds

CERES provides a fully supported program including pre-trip information sessions and post-trip debriefs. We organise all internal transport, accommodation, and food and facilitate projects with the groups we visit. We will even help you raise funds to get over there.

Please note that there is a cost to participate in this program of $2000 including all internal food, accommodation and transport. This does not include flights to and from Indonesia.

How to express interest

To get involved and for more information please contact Sophie with your area of interest:


Phone: 03 9389 0183

Or visit our website:

Moreland Grow and Share program

Posted in Models, RDAG by Devin Maeztri on April 14th, 2009

The Moreland Grow and Share program is a pilot project that began in 2008 as part of the Moreland Food Access Project, Moreland Community Health Services.The program is designed for people with low incomes in food insecure locations aiming to provide a consistent, long-term, self-reliant approach to food security by growing and swapping surplus food within the community.

The pilot project selected eight households across Glenroy and North Coburg and worked with them to design, train and unite the community to establish food-producing gardens in their own backyards. Produce is predominantly exchanged whole, however participants will often share home grown and made dishes at the swaps.

The project requires access to space for gardening for five hours of sunlight per day that can be sourced from their own backyard, in pots, on others properties, community gardens or balconies. This project is based on the Grub Kitchen Garden model in Olympia, USA, and the Growing Gardens project in Oregon, Canada, which both construct gardens for low-income families but do not swap the produce.

By producing surplus intentionally to swap at a community level, the Moreland Grow and Share program builds localised self-reliance whilst also drawing together multiple cultures and age groups to mentor food production.

For more information contact Kate McCluskey, Moreland Community Health Service,
phone: (03) 8319 7421, email:

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.

VAEE State Conference 2008

Posted in Events by on August 15th, 2008

Every year the VAEE (Victorian Association for Environmental Education) holds a conference for its supporters, its members and the environmental education sector. Its a big networking event for educators and individuals who are passionate about sustainability.

As VAEE (Victorian Association for Environmental Education) and our supporters are actively pursuing sustainable change in our society, we continuously strive to develop links with local and ethical suppliers of goods and services when organising such events. This years event will be held on the 22th and 23rd August in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

In addition to the workshop program we are hosting a discussion panel with Frank Fisher (Swinburne University), Charles Berger, (ACF – Australian Conservation Foundation), Alan Moran (IPA), Eric Bottomly (CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental). Two networking sessions on Friday at 4.30 pm and on Saturday at 3.30 pm will allow to get-to-know others and make contacts!

Downloads: VAEE Preliminary Conference Schedule [doc]

For further information, registration and to download the detailed conference program please visit call VAEE on 93491806.