published in Advocacy on May 29, 2024

Ambassador Bootcamp – Melbourne 2024

FREE Teacher PD Opportunity – Melbourne, 26-27th August 2024

Lutheran Teachers, Chaplains, Principals and key leaders… you’re invited to join us at our Ambassador Bootcamp in Melbourne on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August. 

This unique professional development opportunity is for Lutheran educators from the LEVNT region who are passionate about service learning and international justice.

Over two days, participants will grow in their understanding of effective humanitarian aid and service learning, and they will be equipped with the skills and resources they need to be ALWS Ambassadors within their school community.


Program highlights

Sophie Gebreyes, LWF Ethiopia
  • Hear stories from the humanitarian aid frontline shared in person by Sophie Gebreyes, LWF Country Director, Ethiopia.
  • Discover the heart of service learning and the value of good aid.
  • Be inspired by Chey Mattner as he shares his passion for helping the most vulnerable and his journey from Lutheran teacher in Australia to ALWS Executive Director… to Head of Operations of Lutheran World Federation in Geneva… and now back to Australia. 
  • Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone by completing the Melbourne Skydeck. 
    Jodie Hoff, sharing on Service Learning at Ambassador Bootcamp Adelaide 2023. We can’t wait to welcome Jodie again at Ambassador Bootcamp Melbourne 2024!
  • Share your ideas and passion for justice.
  • Develop a toolkit and action plan to create an impact in your student’s and community’s hearts.
  • Receive individualised support from ALWS upon returning to your school.
  • Access to a suite of ALWS resources that can inspire, equip and encourage students to explore their connection to social justice, human rights and development.
  • Gain 16 professional learning hours.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we have been able to make this professional development opportunity FREE for Lutheran educators from the LEVNT region… and we would love to involve an educator or two from each school community in the region.


Past Participant Feedback

“Thank you for all your hard work over the last two days. It has been amazing and it’s definitely been an answer to my prayers too with my teaching! Excited for what is to come.”
Felicity Hampel, Teacher – Redeemer Lutheran Primary School, SA


“What an intense, inspirational and info packed few days. Thank you!”
Simon Cooper, Chaplain – Immanuel College Novar Gardens, SA


“Thanks for everything you and the team presented this week. Really appreciated it! We’re looking forward to how ALWS and Navigator College can work together moving forward.”
Jamie Fewster, Teacher – Navigator College, SA


“ALWS bootcamp has inspired and challenged me on what service learning is. I can’t wait to start help making a difference to the lives of others all around the world.”
Amanda Griggs, Teacher – Our Saviour Lutheran School, Aberfoyle Park, SA



Registrations for the Ambassador Bootcamp are now open.

(Note: This is a FREE event for Principals and teachers in the LEVNT region)


Parking & Transport

Our venue, Cliftons Freshwater Place is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank.
Click here for a number of parking and transport options.



For delegates requiring accommodation, some close options to consider are the Oaks Southbank, The Langham, Quay West Suites and the Crown Promenade.


Workshop Program

The two-day workshop program will be released in early July. 


Brisbane Event

ALWS is also hosting a Brisbane event on the 5-6th September. To find out more visit – Ambassador Bootcamp – Brisbane 2024 – Australian Lutheran World Service (


Thank you to our Sponsors!

We’re incredibly grateful for our partnership with the LLL and LEVNT. Their support has ensured that this event is free for Lutheran educators within the LEVNT region. They have come on board because they recognise the value of a holistic education that grows the compassion, empathy and heart of students.

Gold Sponsors 



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