Showing posts from July, 2014

The Reality of Working in a Remote Community

Below is an article by Kim Mahood published in Griffith REVIEW Edition 36: What is Australia For?

Please note that I have significantly altered the length of the article and therefore not all ideas put forward by Mahood are represented in this version. In some cases I've slightly altered sentences for ease of interpretation or to sum up long winded explanations. I've enclosed my additions in brackets and highlighted key ideas in bold for those of you that prefer skimming. If you would like to read the full piece, click on link below the article. 

This piece expresses many of my own frustrations, as I live and work amongst all the characters identified within the article. 'It's a worry!' has become a common expression exchanged over many phone calls to family, friends and other educators back home. A worry that certainly has no easy or quick resolution. 

KARTIYA ARE LIKE TOYOTAS'Kartiya are like Toyotas. When they break down we get another one.' – remark by a W…

Getting Crafty During My Visit to Darwin

Well as it turns out, Darwin wasn't all that bad!
The old motto 'life is what you make it' really rang true for me this week; as I really did 'make' a lot. I made numerous new friends, I made myself sick with copious amounts of ice-cream, I made a bag out of a palm frond and I made a permanent mark on a wall in Cavenagh St in the city.

Not long after publishing my previous post about Darwin, I made a conscious decision to see the free trip for what it was worth ( that is!) and try to enjoy what Darwin has to offer; misfits, backpackers and all! Below you can see a collection of photos from my week. I've also listed some general info and recommendations for those considering a holiday in Darwin. Standard hotel rate during dry season (May-Oct)- $250+ a night Airport to Darwin City- 13km (20 minute drive) Best restaurant- Ducks Nuts, Mitchell St, Darwin City (I had the pork belly and it was delicious) Best cafe- Cafe 21, Smith St Mall, Darwin City Best take-…

First Thoughts Upon Arriving in Darwin

I'm in Darwin this week attending an orientation program for new teachers working in the Northern Territory. The only part worth mentioning is my compulsory participation in a 4WD defensive driving course in Palmerston (45 mins from Darwin). This is going down at 7:15am tomorrow- stay posted for potential video footage if I make it out alive or my feeble arms don’t snap whilst trying to change a tyre.

Quite generously the department flew me over here two days early, so I've spent my time wandering the streets of Darwin City and touring the surrounding areas. I don’t have much to say about Darwin to be completely honest. It’s a lot like Cairns. The streets are set out in a block formation, with most of the action being contained to two long strips a few streets back from the water. The pubs, cafes and supermarket (practically everywhere really) is plagued by 20-something year old sun-kissed backpackers (yes I’m aware that two or so years ago I would’ve been in my element). Whils…