– Lewis McNeice
For my Industry Engagement project, I recently completed an internship with CERES Global. The internship included joining trips to regions in India and Indonesia. The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES), is a unique not-for-profit in the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick East that focuses on environmental education, sustainability and community-based learning and action. CERES Global is the outreach program of CERES that focuses on both teaching and learning through the mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas, linking local communities and international movements for sustainability.
CERES Global places an emphasis on environmentally friendly community development and my trips with them were focused on sustainable and asset-based community development (ABCD). This involved working with the Community Development Centre in Sembalun, a village on the slopes of the Mount Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island, Indonesia, and the ABCD Festival in Goa, India.
The placement allowed me to engage with the many different aspects of disaster resilience and development explored in MoDDD, and provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in intercultural situations and gain experience writing post-disaster assessments. The importance CERES Global places on dignity, the mutual exchange of ideas and sensitivity in navigating cross-cultural collaboration showed me the benefits of closely and continually scrutinizing ones’ ethics and values.