An opportunity to enhance Service-learning and community engagement in higher education

We are pleased to announce that Griffith University will host a Service-learning Summit from 14-15 November 2019 at our Gold Coast campus.

The Summit will explore a range of topics within Service-learning and have a refreshing and innovative format that will ensure you gain maximum benefit from attending whether you are new to the concept of Service-learning or are looking for more of a masterclass experience. In line with the nature of Service-learning, we are planning to use social enterprises for catering and keep the cost for participants as low as possible.

2019 SLA Summit Resources

Resources and recordings from the summit are available now

Keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Dr Richard Kiely

Dr Richard Kiely currently serves as a senior fellow in the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) in Cornell University’s Office of Engagement Initiatives.

In 2005, he was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model (See Kiely, 2004, 2005, 2011). He served as the co-editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning for two special sections on global service-learning (2014/2015) and recently completed a co-authored book Community-Based Global Learning: The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad (2018).

Dr Richard Kiely is the co-founder of a community-driven global service-learning (GSL) partnership in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, which will be entering its 25th year in 2019 and co-founder of, a multi-institutional hub supporting ethical global learning and community-campus partnerships.

Service-learning Australia Summit

  • an opportunity to enhance Service-learning (SL) and Community Engagement (CE) in the Australian context
  • meet colleagues working in SL and CE to share practice
  • discuss how SL and Work-integrated Learning practices align and/or differ
  • share research on the transformative effects of SL and CE
  • workshop the challenges and successful responses of SL and CE activities
  • sharing results of the national desktop audit on SL in Australia

The Summit

A lively dynamic two days of discussion and workshops that will build your professional skills in delivering SL and CE activities.

Abstracts or proposals invited for:

  • ted-type talks
  • humans of SL
  • student voice
  • range of workshops
  • think-a-thons
  • co-creating workshop agendas
  • world-cafes
  • personal introspectives

Summit Location

Gold Coast Campus G42

For detailed information about transport and accommodation for attending the summit


Griffith University Gold Coast campus can be accessed via the G:link (light rail). The Griffith University Station G:link stop is a five minute walk from the conference rooms. The Summit will be held within the Business School building – G42.


G:link runs every 7-8 minutes between 7.00am - 7.00pm.

From Broadbeach South it is 30 minutes to the Gold Coast campus via G:link.

From Surfers Paradise North it is 20 minutes to the Gold Coast campus via G:link.

From Southport it is 10 minutes to the Gold Coast campus via G:link.

Visit G:link

Go Explore Gold Coast cards

Go explore Gold Coast cards are an easy way of seeing the Gold Coast and offer visitors and tourists’ freedom,flexibility and value for money. Adult and child passes are available ($10 and $5) and allow travel on Gold Coast buses and trams for the day until 3.00am.

Go explore Gold Coast cards can be purchased from the The Hub Convenience store at the Coolangatta Airport and 7/11 stores.

Visit GoExplore Card retailers

The cards can be topped up at a ticket machine at G:link stations, at 7/11 stores or GoExplore Card Retailers. Alternately you can purchase the Go explore card online and have it posted to you via Australia Post (please allow ample delivery time). GoExplore Card Online order

Visit GoExplore Card online order

You can also purchase single trip paper tickets on the tram. The cost to travel from any station on the G:link, to any other station is $4.70 for an adult paper ticket. It is the same cost whether you travel for only one station or from one end of G:link to the other, as the ticketing system operates by transport zones.

For more information on ticketing, fares or to plan your journey visit Translink or call 13 12 30.

Visit Translink


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Fare estimates as at Friday 11 October 2019.

  • Coolangatta Airport to QT Gold Coast hotel: $70
  • Coolangatta Airport to Griffith University Gold Coast campus: $100


The closest carpark for the summit with all day casual parking is Carpark G.

Gold Coast campus parking map

Traveling to Gold Coast campus from the airport.

From Coolangatta Airport

TransLink’s integrated network on the Gold Coast includes the G:link trams, Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail.

Route 777 departs from Coolangatta airport with various stops:

  • Route 777 is a limited stop service, taking you to Broadbeach South tram station, where you can transfer on platform to the G:link for Surfers Paradise, Southport or other bus routes. Route 777 runs every 15 minutes from 7.00am to 7.00pm, seven days a week.
  • It is approx 30 minutes from Coolangatta airport to Broadbeach South Station via route 777.

Coolangatta - Gold Coast Translink Routes

The ‘Gold Coast go explore‘ pass is available from the Airport and is easy to use. The pass is $10 a day for unlimited bus and tram travel on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Airport terminal map

From Brisbane Airport

  • Take the Gold Coast train line to Helensvale station where you can change to G:link.
  • The train leaves every 30 minutes. It is approximately 1hr and 40 minutes to Helensvale train station from Brisbane airport.
  • From Helensvale train station it is approximately 15 minutes to the Gold Coast campus on G:link and a further 5 minutes walk to the conference rooms. G:link departs every 8 minutes between 7.00am and 7.00pm.

Brisbane train line map


QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

7 Staghorn Avenue, Gold Coast Queensland 4217

QT Gold Coast currently have a great special due to their pool refurbishment (the pool is set to reopen 1 December 2019) which allows 20% off their best available rate.

This offer is bookable online via QT Gold Coast or phone +61 7 5584 1200.

It is a 5 minute walk to the Surfers Paradise North G:link stop from the QT Gold Coast hotel.

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