Teach remote NT: testimonials
Teaching remote is not about fitting the mould. Every community is different, teachers from across Australia with different backgrounds, experience and personalities are successfully relocating and teaching in very remote schools in the Northern Territory.
Megan, Teacher at Alekarenge School
After volunteering in Vietnam for 5 months Melbourne teacher Megan was looking for something different. In 2009 she decided to pursue her interest in Indigenous education, joining a friend of hers in teaching at Alekarenge School. She loved it so much she stayed.
Embrace the diversity of the Australian Indigenous culture, share your stories and listen to others, be prepared for a challenge and to see some spectacular sunsets. Come with an open mind and you'll love it.
Anthony, Homelands Teacher at Maningrida School
Born in Papua New Guinea and growing up in even more remote places than the communities surrounding Maningrida where he teaches, Anthony has always had an unexplainable passion to teach remote. It doesn't feel like a challenge for him because he wouldn't want to teach anywhere else.
Go in with an open mind and enjoy it - make the most of it.
Stuart, Principal of Murray Downs School
After teaching in a remote coastal community in far north Queensland, Stuart's sense of adventure and passion for Indigenous education lead him inland to Murray Downs School in Central Australia. For Stuart teaching remote is an incredibly rewarding experience. He makes the most of every opportunity to explore the region and experience the culture and community.
Be approachable and courteous when interacting with the community and you will have an amazing experience.
Sonya, Teacher at Maningrida School
When Sonya relocated with her four-year-old son and six-month-old daughter from Brisbane to teach at Maningrida School nothing could prepare her for the experience and challenges she would face. After almost 12 months, Sonya, her husband and kids feel accepted by the amazing local people and have embraced the experiences and rewards of living in Maningrida.
The experience of teaching remote is very rewarding, but be prepared for highs and lows.
Geraldine and Danielle, Teachers at Naganmarriyanga School
Moving to Nganmarriyanga School to teach at the start of this year was a big challenge professionally and personally for Geraldine and Danielle. It was a completely different lifestyle. They might have given up their morning latte, and weekend trips away, but every day the rewards of seeing their student achieve things they never thought possible remind them why it's worth it.
It's not about expecting the unexpected but just be really open and flexible because you can't rely on things being a certain way. You just have to get on with it.
You need be prepared to step back and say, if this is not working what do I need to do differently.
Dean, Teacher at Canteen Creek School
Dean contemplated teaching in remote Northern Territory for some time before making the big decision to leave Melbourne and move with his wife and son to teach at Canteen Creek School. A language teacher in Melbourne for years 7 to 12 the challenge of teaching multi-level primary school students is a highlight for Dean and he and his family really enjoy living in the small friendly community.
Know that you will get much out of this experience and that you will be providing something authentic and important to the students.
Kath, Principal of Stirling School
In 2005, first time teacher Kath moved from Melbourne to the Northern Territory to trial teaching remote for 6 months. Kath remembers wondering what she had gotten herself into, but by the end of her first term she found her stride and hasn't looked back. Kath is now principal of Stirling School.
There may be many challenges but I'm still here… I wouldn't be here if the highlights didn't outshine the challenges.