Students teach, minister and serve overseas


Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia

Three Ministry Of Teaching Overseas (MOTO) trips organised by the School of Education have returned from practicums in India, Cambodia and Nepal.

The annual trips are part of Avondale’s commitment to prepare students for lives of service.

Each trip, led by an Avondale College of Higher Education lecturer during semester recess, focused on teaching, with additional components including building, community service and evangelism.

The annual trips are part of Avondale’s commitment to prepare students for lives of service.

Experience a little of each trip in this photo feature.

AoZora Adventist Academy director Nikesh Sinha, with students from the school. Of the relationship between Avondale and AoZora, primary education course convenor Dr Andrew Matthes says: “Nikesh had a vision for the school: to break the poverty cycle and provide education, and we share that vision.” [Photo courtesty: Jill Ennever]

Vinod, a teacher at AoZora, publicly commits his life to Jesus after six years of Bible study. “Because the school is in a Buddhist area, it’s not an easy decision to step out and become a Christian,” says Andrew (right). [Photo courtesty: Jill Ennever]

Early stages of a new three-story classroom and dormitory complex at AoZora, to be completed in 2014. More than $40,000 has been raised for the project.

Orphans from Wat Preah Yesu display drawings they created during kids’ clubs run each afternoon by the MOTO Cambodia team. [Photo courtesy: Chris Rampton] 

Second-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching student Monique Graf shows a senior English class Pilgrim’s Progress. The overseas teaching experience is beneficial for students, says lecturer Lorinda Bruce. “It gives them control from day one—they are in charge, and they have to think on their feet using only limited resources.” [Photo courtesy: Lorinda Bruce]

The ruins of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest Hindu temple complex, in Cambodia at sunrise. Lorinda says she and the students in her group were “surprised at the number of tourists who were also up so early.” [Photo courtesy: Lorinda Bruce]

Second year Bachelor of Education (Primary) student Lara Steele helps locals plant rice as part of community service activities. Other students helped give extra English  tuition in the afternoons. [Photo courtesy: Peter Beamish]


The group of 18 students hike from Lukla (2860 metres) to Everest base camp (5364 metres) over 11 days. The ascent took eight days—due to the risk of altitude sickness—while the descent took three. [Photo courtesy: Peter Beamish]


View over the Himalayas and the town of Dingboche (4530 metres). Secondary education course convenor Jason Hinze describes the clouds dispersing: “Suddenly you see a huge mountain—it’s breathtaking.” [Photo courtesy: Peter Beamish]