Walama Muru

Walama Muru

Walama Muru is a student volunteer program run in partnership between Arc @ UNSW and Nura Gili, Centre for Indigenous Programs at UNSW.

The program involves a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students from UNSW visiting a regional Indigenous community and undertaking community development projects chosen in partnership with the community. Participation in the program provides students with the opportunity to engage in an exchange of culture and perspectives, give back to a regional Indigenous community and actively participate in grass-roots practical reconciliation.

Walama Muru aims to build meaningful and long-standing relationships with communities and in 2015 the program will be returning to Gilgandra in NSW to build on what was achieved last year and strengthen relationships with the local community.


  • Volunteers will undertake community development projects, utilising the funds they raise throughout the year to cover their travel arrangements, accommodation, and required materials while in the community.
  • The program is well known amongst previous volunteers and contributors and within Arc and Nura Gili circles as an engaging and worthwhile initiative.
  • At its core, Walama Muru represents an opportunity for students to be a part of a real and practical demonstration of true reconciliation - one that incites real and lasting change.

How to get involved

Students can either apply at the start of the year via the Volunteer application form found on the Walama Muru Arc webpage or contact the program coordinator via email.


  • Coordinator
  • Senior Volunteer
  • Volunteer


Volunteers are required to attend a compulsory cultural sensitivity training session. The major trip for the year occurs during the mid-session break in Session 2


From week 2-3, Session 1 to the end of mid-session break in Session 2


Availability of activity

Semester - weekdays, Semester break - weekdays

Type of activity

Community volunteering

Provider of activity

Arc @ UNSW

Interest area

Fundraising & events, Sport, outdoor & physical activities, Youth work

Skills required and/or developed

Cross-cultural & global citizenship, Interpersonal & communication, Leadership, Problem solving & practical skills, Team work & networking

Contacts and more information


Arc @ UNSW



Walama Muru Coordinator






02 9385 7700

For more information about co-curricular activities see UNSW Advantage.