The Selection Process for Matadalan Ba Malu
Working with a variety of partners and networks based in Timor-Leste and Australia, the program identifies potential participants through inquiries and recommendations. Women recommended for selection then go through an application process of interviews and there is a wider consultation with the organisations, communities and sponsors involved so as to ensure the suitability of the candidate and that there is a proper level of support available, and then RMIT English Worldwide is consulted on the nominations. The impact of the program on participant's family and their employment situation is also carefully considered so as to ensure that there is proper support in place before the commencement of any course.
The applicant we hope to attract to the program are women:
- who are engaged in their communities in Timor-Leste;
- who display characteristics of community-mindedness and leadership;
- who display initiative and can make a firm commitment in terms of their learning;
- someone who may not otherwise have the opportunity and access to education and travel;
- someone who is passionate about the development of their community
With these qualities it is hoped that candidates will share their experiences and utilise their knowledge so as to make a positive contribution within their communities on their return.
Once selected, the applicant is offered a tuition-free placement within a tailored 10-week English language program conducted by RMIT English Worldwide (REW) in Melbourne, Australia. As this program is designed to meet the individual needs of the applicant there are no program prerequisites and language proficiency is tested once in Australia with the appropriate course level being determined by REW staff (course levels start from ‘Elementary’ through to ‘Advanced Plus’).
In addition to the language component of the program, participants have the opportunity to explore Melbourne, participate in university life, and to have contact with Australian families and communities. Orientation, mentoring, and other support services are also provided by Matadalan Ba Malu volunteers .