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Refugee Speakers and Volunteer Community Educators wanted for NSW

The Refugee Council of Australia is seeking an expression of interest for training opportunities  for Refugee Speakers and Volunteer Community Educators  for its NSW “Face-To-Face program: Learning about Refugees and their contribution to Australia.’  The program seeks to address the gap in understanding about, and negative perceptions of refugees. Program activities aim to improve information and knowledge for teachers, school students and in the broader community about refugees and their role in Australian Society. Download information here: EOI for Refugee Presenters Sydney-Nov 2017 and EOI for F2F Community Educator Sydney Nov 2017

Sydney Training dates for Refugee Presenters and Community Educators: Saturday 9th December 2017 and Saturday 16th December 2017 (9am-4pm)

Program for schools and colleges in Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne

RCOA is offering an incursion program for schools in the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas and Wollongong region.

F2F Stanley and Sue

Under the Face to Face program, a representative from RCOA and a speaker of refugee background present to students, teachers and other interested groups about the refugee experience. Refugee speakers share personal stories and give students the opportunity to learn about their experiences and their contributions to Australia. The presentations are linked to the school curriculum and cover who refugees are and where they come from, facts about refugees worldwide and in Australia, conditions faced by refugees overseas and Australia’s refugee policies. Incursions can be delivered as one-hour interactive presentations or two-hour workshops incorporating small group activities. The presentation package includes a comprehensive Resource Guide for teachers that contain links to lesson plans, follow-up activities and further reading.

For more information, download our brochure for NSW here and VIC here.


What participants say about Face to Face 

Thousands of students, parents and teachers have participated in our presentation sessions and workshops since it was launched in February 2014. Here is what secondary and primary school students said after participating in the Face to F2F Deena and Bec at Oatley WestFace program:

I learnt that we take things for granted and that others aren’t as privileged as we are…Everyone deserves a chance to do well in life and live a life that is safe and full of opportunities for the future.

I learned that refugees aren’t just faceless masses like the media portrays them, they are individuals and have stories.

When he explained his story and his perspective, I felt he gave us an understanding of his experiences and we were able to sympathise with him.

I enjoyed that we could listen to someone who experienced the trauma first hand. I feel I developed a greater understanding of the hardships that refugees faced from the first hand recount.

Final Year Student, Sydney University:

Your session was the highlight of the semester.


The delivery of facts and clarification of terms and the story the refugee told of his struggles and triumphs was very powerful.

Book a school presentation

Over the last few weeks our Sydney team have been overwhelmed with interest in our schools Face To Face Program and are booked out until the end of this year. Therefore, sadly, we will not be able to take any further requests for presentations in 2017.
We are very happy to take requests for presentations starting from Term 1 2018 and look forward to schools contacting us in preparation.
We are also excited to announce that through growing support and interest, we have been able to expand our program and bring on more volunteers and speakers to be trained for the new year and going forward.


To book an incursion, please complete the form below.

Alternatively, you can email or call (02) 9211 9333

Download NSW brochure Download VIC brochure