All EDA centres EDA's promote a practical approach to social outreach.
This starts in the local community, with students collaborating with other agencies, such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, to undertake practical welfare work close to study centres.
Further afield, study centres have over 20 years experience in organizing voluntary service projects or “Workcamps” to communities in Australia or abroad.
The aims of a workcamp are to:
- Provide welfare or developmental assistance to a community in need;
- Contribute to a team-based project;
- Learn about a different cultural heritage.
Workcamps are typically 2-3 weeks in duration and require volunteers to pay their own way. Fees vary, depending on destination.
Workcamps are organized and run by centres of EDA, in conjunction with Reledev Australia Limited , a not-for-profit NGO, accredited with AusAID.
1987 - Lae, Papua New Guinea
1988 - Pekina, South Australia
1990 - Lipa, Philippines
1992 - Western Samoa
1994 - La Grange, Western Australia
1994 - Broome, Western Australia
1996 - Santa Teresa, Northern Territory
1997 - Flores Island, Indonesia
1998 - Navunibitu, Fiji
1999 - Alotau, Papua New Guinea
2003 - Vutia, Fiji
2004 - Balgo, Western Australia