Urban Life: Women Speaking is a unique social service experience where students travel across Melbourne and Sydney, exploring the concept of ‘home’ and what that means to different people.
Students study the marginalisation of groups in society and positively impact on lives through volunteering.
They explore social and economic issues faced by women in Australia by researching, meeting and interviewing women from many different walks of life.
Students are challenged to critically analyse their beliefs and values against others to see the world from different perspectives.
They conclude their experience by formulating their ideas in a video presentation.
Both weeks 1 and 3 are based in Melbourne, with program highlights including an empathy workshop and volunteering with organisations such as The Smith Family, St Kilda Gatehouse Young Women’s Project and special needs students in Hoppers Crossing.
In week 2, students travel to Sydney to gain insight from the comparisons of the two cities. They camp on Cockatoo Island, cook meals for refugees and the homeless, interview women in Sydney, experience Darlinghurst, and visit the Opera House, Kings Cross, Bondi Beach and Manly.
Week 3 concludes the experience with editing and production of a video presentation.
Urban Life: Women Speaking is designed to challenge girls and develop an understanding of the world beyond their immediate lives. It is an incredibly powerful and life-changing experience for many girls.