Red Earth has been giving young people the opportunity to make meaningful connections with remote Indigenous Australia since 2011.
Red Earth immersion programs run for up to 10 days, and allow students to stay on Country in some of the most beautiful, isolated areas of Australia to experience life in remote Indigenous communities.
Our programs are designed to foster personal connections between school groups and their host families, and put a human face to the Indigenous culture we speak about in the classroom and the media.
During the immersion, students work on community projects chosen and guided by Traditional Owners, and learn about the rich culture of the land directly from the custodians of the land.
Whether students are hiking to sacred sites, throwing a fishing line in the creek, kicking a footy with local kids, or sharing stories around the campfire, the goal is always to facilitate personal connections and allow students to develop a first-hand understanding of the challenges and beauty of modern life in remote Indigenous communities.
We have trusted partnerships with Traditional Owners and Elders
Our relationships with our partner Homelands have been developed over many years of working together, so we can ensure the connection between your school and the Homelands you visit remains strong year after year. This means we can make all the arrangements for your group to be accommodated safely on privately held lands, spending your immersion with Elders and Traditional Owners getting to know their land and way of life.
We organise everything
School trips can be a pain to organise. That’s why we take care of everything from A-Z so all you need to do is turn up at the airport! From the parent information evening to the final reflection and debrief, we take the stress out of running an immersion at your school. Flights, ground transfers, food, camping equipment and all of the logistics are organised by us to reduce the load on school staff and ensure everyone gets the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We make safety our first priority
From our comprehensive risk assessment to the daily safety briefings with the group, your safety on the ground is our number one concern. Our Immersion Leaders are qualified in Remote and Wilderness area first aid, four-wheel-driving and vehicle recovery, bronze medallions, and have extensive training and experience working in remote areas. Add to that the wealth of knowledge brought by our Indigenous partners and you’ve got the makings of a safe, worry-free immersion.
“It was an amazing experience full of genuinely kind and thoughtful people and once in a life time experiences. The community is like a second family and I would love to go back and contribute more later in life.”
-Jack, Year 9, International Grammar School