The Field Trip: From Learners into Leaders

The Field Trip is an initiative in which young people, 17 to 25-year-olds, are employed to lead, plan and run a weekly program for children aged 8 to 15 years of age. The purpose of the program is to turn learners into leaders via a range of extraordinary adventures. 


The Field Trip was established in the Macedon Ranges in 2015 as a youth group and grew into a movement whereby the participants become the change they want to see in the world. The idea behind this not for profit social enterprise was inspired by the book Six Capitals by Jane Gleeson-White. By creating capital, (financial, manufactured, intellectual, social, human and natural), the members of the Field Trip seek to change their world for the better.


Members come from all over the Macedon Ranges and have been involved in a wide range of projects so far, including building a sustainable igloo, creating a mini-farm, organising activities for seniors and marginalised groups, and speaking to our community leaders about important issues. We spoke to Eleanor, one of The Field Trip leaders. She said that her favourite part of the initiative is the way that she “can be the person I needed when I was growing up for the young people within The Field Trip”.


If you know a young person in the Macedon Ranges who would be interested in becoming involved in The Field Trip, please have them get in touch. The Field Trip is also looking to expand into further chapters if people want to establish one in their area.


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