Global Education Program

The Global Education Program (GEP) provides senior school students (aged 15-18) from around Australia and the world who are identified as future leaders with the opportunity to engage with issues of injustice and effectively contribute to their communities.

Each year we host a residency in Kenya with selected students where they experience development work firsthand alongside local leaders in a variety of settings including schools, health clinics, athletic centres, the United Nations, Australian High Commission and local communities. The program also includes training, cultural awareness, effective service opportunities and ongoing mentoring both within Australia and overseas.


The Residency & Objectives

01. Engage

Engage with issues of injustice, especially poverty, both in country of origin and overseas.

02. Develop

Develop leadership skills and cross cultural understanding.

03. Relationships

Form meaningful relationships with peers and like-minded individuals, groups and organisations from around the world.

04. Reflect

Reflect on a range of responses to the challenges facing our global community.

2019/2020 Important Program Dates

1 march - Applications and nominations open

27 may - information evening

For parents, students, educators and community leaders.

21 june - nominations close

21 july - applications close

5 - 19 January 2020 - residency in Kenya

Eligibility Criteria 

– Ages 15-18 at time of application. 

– Applicants should be able to prove they have a heart for others, especially the marginalised.

– Applicant should be able to demonstrate prior service and community involvement.

– Applicants should be able to provide evidence of leadership. 

– Applicants should be able to state what they hope to do to impact their community by addressing an issue of injustice.



Australian students – $4,500 AUD.

Cost includes program orientation and preparation, training, overseas residency – flights, accommodation, food, transfers/transport, insurance and all activities.

International students – $2,500 AUD.

Please note international students are responsible for arranging flights and insurance for the residency in Kenya. All on ground expenses during the residency are included in the program cost.


The encouragement of leadership, a focus on social justice and the investment in the students as impacting global citizens exceeds the trip itself!
Tracey Holmes

Principal, Mandurah Baptist College

Initiate Australia provides an opportunity for our leaving students to engage with like-minded individuals from all over
Australia. They are challenged and extended as they leave the relative safety of school and before entering the next
phase of their life. The way Initiate then continue to engage and support them ensures their ongoing development and
we feel fortunate to have our alumni a part of such a program.
David Kyle

Director of Service and Citizenship, Scotch College

The Initiate Global Education Program is an intrisically valuable program that I trust will provide the opportunity for students to develop their sense of social justice and leadership capabilities. It is a bonus that it will also contribute toward the WACE.
Leanne Meldrum

School Curriculum and Standards Authority

I strongly endorse the program and its vision, to educate and empower secondary students from diverse backgrounds, engaging in meaningful relationships both locally and globally in addressing social justice issues.
Greg Wood

Australian Sports Commision




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