Learning beyond the classroom
Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. In fact, at Bond, we say that the world is our classroom. From travelling to a remote community in Africa to working with disadvantaged children here on campus, you’ll have access to life experiences as a Bond student that don’t just expand your knowledge … they feed and nourish the soul.
Bond Sony Foundation Children's Holiday Camp
The lead-up to Christmas is always a special time at Bond when our students host the Bond Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp for a group of special needs youngsters. The itinerary includes visits to a local theme park, scavenger hunts around the campus and sailing on Lake Orr, capped off by Santa’s arrival at a special Christmas party.
Our medical students have the opportunity to complete a four-week clinical placement on the remote Pacific island of Makira in the Solomons. Working in a 50-bed, one-doctor hospital and travelling out to village clinics, their contribution to the community’s health care needs is only matched by the students’ own personal growth in terms of experience, skills and confidence.
Bond in Africa
The annual Bond in Africa (BAfrica) expedition involves students from a cross-section of Faculties, giving them the opportunity to work in degree-relevant roles with a range of African communities and organisations. At the Mulanji Mission in Malawi, our IT students have run classes, fixed computers and raised money for the local school; our marketing students have helped promote a nutrient-rich porridge manufactured by the Mission; and our sports students have run children’s activity programs. In South Africa, our law students have worked with legal aid and social justice groups for various NGOs and community organisations.
Do it in a Dress
Each year a group of Bond students take part in One Girl's 'Do it in a Dress' campaign that sees Bondies - guys and girls - sporting school dresses for a week in October. Whether they're going to class, heading to the beach, hanging with their friends or partaking in sporting activities, it's all done in a dress to raise funds for girls' education in Sierra Leone and Uganda.
St Teresa's School, Abergowrie
Every year, the Bond Indigenous Awareness Society organises for a team of Bond students to travel to the remote North Queensland town of Abergowrie to work with the predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys who board at St Teresa’s School. Working as volunteer teachers’ aides, our Bondies help in the classrooms and night study sessions, organise sports and other activities, and provide information on tertiary study options and career pathways.
The annual Kununurra Youth Program, coordinated by the Student Philanthropy Council, sees a group of Bond students spend two weeks in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, “living and breathing the Kununurra way of life.” Working with Save the Children Australia, the students run school holiday programs for at-risk children in the Kununurra, Wyndham and Kalumbura communities.