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Derech Eretz - Frequently Asked Questions

If any of your questions are not answered by the following, please get in touch with [email protected]

The size of Derech Eretz groups ranges between 4-8 participants as well as 2 leaders. 

Derech Eretz is for young adults aged between 18-30 with a keen interest in learning from and interacting with First Nations Australia.

$600. Participants are also responsible for purchasing their own return flights to and from Brisbane.

If this cost is a barrier for you, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Derech Eretz takes place on Gomeroi Country in the predominantly Indigenous Communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla, situated on the border of NSW and QLD.

In July 2024, we will travel to the Communities by driving a rented people-mover from Brisbane.

In the lead up to Derech Eretz trips, our First Nations partnerships coordinator will advise further transport and accomodation details.

Expecting the unexpected is necessary on Derech Eretz. As volunteers, we are most useful when we are flexible around what is already taking place in community. You can expect a combination of running school holiday activities in Toomelah and Boggabilla, a morning/afternoon tea with Elders, meet ups with old friends and local service providers and informal education sessions on First Nations histories and current affairs. There will be meal breaks and free time.

As a guide only, the following is what took place during Derech Eretz January 2023.


To apply for Derech Eretz, please fill out our application form and send a copy of your CV with references to [email protected].

Following this, our First Nations partnerships coordinator will be in touch to arrange a 45 minute interview. Interviews are an opportunity for the Derech Eretz team to hear more about you, your volunteer experience and your interest in the program. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions you have for us. The coordinator will be in touch shortly after regarding whether your application has been successful.

Derech Eretz endeavours to adjust the program to the requirements of its participants and can cater to most levels of religious observance.

We are able to pre-prepare dinners in a Kashered Kitchen and can ensure the purchasing of Kosher products for those who require them.

It should be noted that the program's base is at the Boggabilla Motel who's kitchens have not been halachically Koshered other than makeshift measures the leaders can implement. We can opt to not run any Shabbat breaking activities during Shabbat.

During your interview, please communicate your preferences with the coordinator.

If your application is successful, our First Nations partnerships coordinator will send you a volunteer handbook with recommended readings, a packing list and preparation material. You will also be required to participate in an online Derech Eretz induction two weeks before your trip to meet the other volunteers and get hyped for the program !