The Differences

Generally, the students will be far younger than those participating in other visits - primary schools are often more receptive to visits in remote areas. This is sometimes to do with school attendance beginning to drop off in high school. 

In some remote Indigenous communities, English may be a second language or rarely spoken at all. 

As the kids are likely to be younger, the objective of the workshop needs adjustment - often focusing less on careers and more on health promotion in general. 

  • Encouragement to stay in school for as long as possible - for their own education and for the whole community. 

  • Increasing trust of ‘white’ health workers in community. 

  • Increased interaction with healthcare through exposure to health workers in a non-intimidating, interactive and fun way. 

  • Promoting healthy choices. 

Younger kids don’t sit still for long! Use mostly hands-on activities to really make good use of your time and interact with the students in smaller groups (easier to keep a handle on). 

It might be more appropriate to split into male-female only groups - discuss with the teacher or school (ideally beforehand so you can bring the right volunteers!) 

Evaluation forms might be a bit tricky with younger kids - maybe adjust it to a picture-based form or help the kids complete it at the end or obtain verbal feedback and note it down.