Red Earth is an organisation that gives young people the opportunity to make a meaningful connection to remote Indigenous Australia. We do this by organising Immersion Programs to remote communities and homelands where traditional Aboriginal culture still lives strong.
During the immersion, students work on projects chosen by Traditional Owners and learn about the rich culture of the land directly from Elders of the local area. Students are welcomed by traditional clans and families on private lands that have been locked away for decades and that are not accessible outside of this setting.
Since 2011, we have organised and delivered immersions for over 1,700 young people to the farthest reaches of Cape York, Arnhem Land and Central Australia.
We organise trips to places that can’t be accessed any other way or at any other time in a young person’s life. Our immersions are once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
About the program:
- 10-days on the ground in remote Indigenous Australia in Cape York, Arnhem Land or Central Australia
- Students are welcomed by Traditional Owners and their families who live on the land
- Students stay on private lands that are not accessible outside of this context
- The group will visit at least 2 homelands and 1 community
- Students work on a service project alongside Traditional Owners and local children
- The group is led by Elders in cultural activities such as spear-making, basket weaving, being initiated at sacred sites, learning about the dreamtime etc.
- The experience is capped off with a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park or Uluru & Kings Canyon.
Raw and authentic experiences on scared land
Our open programs are open to students in Years 9, 10 ,11, 12 and new school leavers, and are compatible for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the CAS component of the IB.
“This immersion was the most rewarding, eye-opening and enriching thing I have ever done. I have learnt so much about the culture, traditions, beliefs and ethics of Indigenous Australia which I believe is so important. My life have been changed by this unforgettable experience.” – Year 10 Student, Santa Maria College 2017
“This was an incredibly transformative experience that allowed me to truly connect with Aboriginal people for the first time.” –Year 11 Student, Shore School 2017
“It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life; the people I met in the community have made a incredible impact on me and I will remember them forever.” – Year 11 Student, Brigidine College Randwick 2017