The Walking the Journey Project

Building pathways between Business & Youth

Who are we?

The Walking the Journey Project is a joint venture between AFL Cape York House, Getaway Trekking and My Pathway

AFL Cape York House

Building Positive Futures for young Indigenous Australians

Established in 2016 to support the work of AFL Cape York Ltd, particularly AFL Cape York House for boys and girls. The foundations primary purpose is to support students and families participating in AFL Cape York coordinated programs in the areas of Education, Well Being Support, AFL Pathways, Careers, Transition, Residential Care and Outreach Programs.


Adventure School Treks

Because Not All Classrooms Have Four Walls

Adventure School Treks (AST) is the sister brand of Getaway Trekking, a long term and highly respected trekking operator.

We are passionate about the Kokoda Trail, its history and the culture of its people. This passion resulted to in AST, working exclusively with students and youth wishing to take advantage of the Kokoda Trail experience, and everything that provides. It is our number one goal to ensure that students, youth, parents and teachers find the experience of trekking Kokoda inspiring, educational and above all, rewarding.

In undertaking our program, students not only have this opportunity, but also learn about the teamwork and leadership, gain an appreciation of a vastly different culture and be in a position to allow increased physical and emotional health, self confidence and self esteem.


My Pathway

Building Stronger Communities

Australia’s largest community development program contractor – in partnership with the national government – My Pathway works with communities to provide education, training, employment and enterprise development opportunities in remote and rural regions.

A holistic service provider, My Pathway provides innovative solutions to help communities and individuals grow – with a range of support programs linked to define and strengthen community needs: vocational skills training, apprenticeships and traineeships, labour hire, strong career and business networks.

We have a history of strong partnerships, relationships and networks, actively collaborating with community, industry and governments at all levels to support people and communities in disadvantaged areas.

My Pathway supports thousands of people into healthy employment and business opportunities and works together with some of the most disadvantaged communities to help build stronger economic futures. We listen and collaborate to enhance social wellbeing and create access to ethical future pathways.

The Walking Journey Project

The Walking Journey Project aims to create relationships between Boarding Students and Cairns businesses with the purpose of:

  • Providing mentor relationships to students
  • Creating work experience and potential career pathway opportunities for students, to enhance the work AFLCY currently does in transitioning students from school to work
  • Using the opportunity to trek the Kokoda Track as a vehicle to enhance life skills

How will this be achieved?

Cairns Business Community

Cairns businesses will be approached to take on a mentorship role within this program.

Their responsibilities need to be defined; below is an overview of expectations, however responsibilities will be tailored to suit each business, the time they can commit and their own objectives and constraints.

Gold Sponsor

  • Provide work experience to a boarding student (or multiple) for a minimum of 3 weeks OR arrange work experience with an alternative business
  • Commit to monthly training program provided by Getaway Trekking
  • Commit to Kokoda Trek participation
  • Financial commitment – payment in full for own trek and payment of 25% of student’s trek

Silver Sponsor

  • Provide work experience to a boarding student (or multiple) for a minimum of 3 weeks OR arrange work experience with an alternative business
  • Financial commitment – payment of 25% of student’s trek

Bronze Sponsor

  • Provide donation to program
  • A donation of $250 or more will be acknowledged on our website and all marketing material.
  • Donors of $250 or more will also receive a trekking shirt, designed by one of our students.

Boarding Students

Students will be required to commit to:

  • Work experience opportunities as provided
  • Regular training for Kokoda trek, including compulsory attendance at monthly training program
  • Community service projects provided by AFLCY
  • Fundraising activities to support Kokoda project
  • Payment of 25% of trek cost
  • Personal / video thank you’s to businesses who donate

What sort of support is provided for Work Experience providers and students?

AFL Cape York House has two Career Pathways advisers, one for the boys house and one for the girls.

Peter Cushway and Ida Bowie are passionate about helping kids into areas of interest, and providing an opportunity for them, not just to try new areas, but also to learn what working life is all about.

On registration to the program, you will be contacted by one or both to discuss your needs, the opportunities you are able to provide, and how they can support you in this process.


CONTACT – Sue Fitcher • Chief Executive Officer Getaway Trekking / Adventure School Treks

Mobile 0418 294 888 •  Calls within Australia 1300 979 088 • International +61 7 4015 3106

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