MY NAAFLS EXPERIENCE
At the end of November 2015, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks volunteering at NAAFLS. From the moment I walked into the Darwin office, everybody was very nice and welcoming! Not only was I able to learn valuable legal skills, but the opportunity to engage with remote communities was a great way for me to go outside my comfort zone.
In the Darwin office, I spent time compiling a case brief for the solicitors in relation to a large and interesting upcoming matter, preparing and drafting affidavits varying a domestic violence order as well as other court forms and documents.
I really enjoyed the cultural training provided by NAAFLS. Being from Melbourne, this day was very valuable for me as a tool to learn about Indigenous life and the complexities of Aboriginal culture and interaction that I had not been exposed to before.
Undoubtedly the highlight for me was the community trips to Barunga and Beswick. Visits to the communities are eye-opening and an experience I highly recommend. The trip involved attending 'Bush' court in Barunga, visiting various stakeholders such as the safe house, men's shelter, and medical clinic. As Christmas is approaching, we dropped off some Christmas hampers to the stakeholders in community who were very appreciative! I was also fortunate enough to be taken to the renowned Cutta Cutta Caves outside of Katherine which was a great cultural experience.
The time I spent at NAAFLS was so valuable and I really appreciate the opportunity. Though I struggled a little with the heat, the storms were a great release! Life in Darwin is something I could definitely get used to. I experienced a culture and environment that is simply not possible in other parts of Australia. I truly wish I could have stayed longer and I will be recommending others to spend time with the NAAFLS team!