Griffith Business School is committed to developing globally responsible leaders. As part of the Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program, student leaders are offered the unique opportunity to participate in an overseas experience, meeting and working with local communities. The international community engagement project allows students to immerse themselves in a cultural exchange and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of their role in the global community.
As part of the international community engagement project beginning in 2013, students have travelled to Laos and Borneo. Find out more about our most recent trip to Borneo as well as our past projects by reading below.
In 2016 for the first time, GBS partnered with GUMURRII Student Support Unit which meant that our six GBS student leaders were joined by two GBS GUMURRII students and two staff. The jam-packed ten day itinerary exposed the group to the history, people, language, lifestyle, landscape and wildlife of Sarawak, Borneo.
- Valuable time spent with the staff, clients and volunteers of two not-for-profit organisations that support young people with special needs – Heart Treasure and the Sarawak Dyslexia Association
- A traditional longhouse stay with an Iban community
- Exploration of Bako National Park
- A visit to the Fairy and Wind Caves
- Participation in a one-day conservation and rehabilitation program coordinated by Sarawak Forestry Corporation - Heart2Heart with Orang-utans.
The GBS team also returned to Kampung Peros to share dinner and stories with the local Bidayuh community who had cordially hosted our student leaders during the 2015 Krokong homestay program.
Borneo 2016 developed cultural awareness, meaningful interpersonal relationships and strengthened skill sets - building capacity to work in diverse groups, listen to different points of view, and be open and flexible to change. Attributes that will no doubt support our student leaders to reach their full potential to be global citizens of influence.
All participants had a fantastic time and expressed their appreciation to be afforded the opportunity to discover the biodiversity and cultural heritage that has continued to flourish on the island of Borneo. Overall, the experience was rewarding, enriching and memorable, and GBS is looking forward to expanding collaboration with GUMURRII for future projects.
Over the winter break, 10 GBS Student Leaders, along with two staff travelled to Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo where they took part in the 2015 International Community Development Project.
The aim of the project was for the students to develop a marketing strategy for the Krokong community to assist them in enhancing their homestay program. Students stayed with local families and got to experience the Bidayah culture first hand. The students had a wonderful time and gained invaluable life experience.
June 2014 saw the return of the Griffith Business School (GBS) student leaders to the communities of Sop Jak in rural northern Laos. The new group of 10 leaders, accompanied by two GBS staff members, assisted with a construction project for the Thana High School. Funds raised by the students before travelling to Laos were used to complete the new school building.
The leaders also had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a number of cultural activities from basket weaving, traditional cooking, river raft building and learning to create material on a loom.
The students met with local community groups from health, education and tourism to greater understand pro-poor tourism and how the community is trying to grow their tourism business.
The Community Development Project contributed towards the Leaders' community service hours, and is an example of the School's dedication to preparing our students to be globally responsible citizens and business leaders.
2015 will see a new group of leaders venture to Borneo to work with a local community on a business marketing plan for their homestay project. Each trip ensures our students have unique opportunities and a positive impact on the communities.
Laos 2013 - Inaugural project
In June 2013 a small group of Griffith Business School student leaders journeyed to Laos on the inaugural Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program International Community Development Project
Accompanied by Griffith Business School staff members, the leaders carried out a needs analysis at the building site of an artesian well in the Sop Jak district. Funds raised by the group will be channelled into this construction project which will service the local high school and medical centre upon completion.
The students also got their hands dirty when they moved further north to work on a project with the Wildlife Conservation Society during their ten-day trip.
The Laos Community Development Project contributed towards the students' community service hours—an integral part of the GBS Student Leadership Program. It also provided students with a unique opportunity to engage in valuable community work which will have a long term and positive impact on the community.