Issue 4 - 7 May 2013 enews home

Compassionate student continues learning with MACE team

By Louise Errington

Humanities student Peter Clouting is joining the CDU Media team on a 70-day work placement

A Charles Darwin University student, who has earned his stripes in some of the world’s most remote and exotic Third World nations, has recently joined the Media team on a 70-day work placement.

Now 30, Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies student Peter Clouting has travelled the world as a volunteer since age 15, tackling assignments in China, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Tanzania, and most recently, Sudan.

In 2008 CDU became the first university in the world to offer an undergraduate degree that qualifies students to work as humanitarian logisticians for international aid agencies or community and welfare workers in remote communities.

Aside from his studies, he also is running CDU’s sailing program for socially disabled children.

Peter recently started a three-month placement in CDU’s Office of Media, Advancement and Community Engagement, which he said would give him the communication skills he would need as a humanitarian professional, possibly specialising in disaster relief.

“Communication is important for humanitarian work. It helps raise awareness of issues being faced, either at home or abroad, and how people can help,” Peter said.

“It’s the kind of work that suits people from a wide range of backgrounds, including nurses, teachers, public relations professionals and sports coaches.”

The life skills and experiences that Peter has gained from volunteering also draw him back to the field time and again to continue his important work.

“Every time I come back a better person,” Peter said.

“There are a lot of things going on around the world that you hear about, but don’t really relate to. Humanitarian work helps you understand a little more.

“It is what I receive in return that makes me go back. Being able to see and do things that as a tourist would be impossible.

“It’s not only the local village life, natural landscapes and ancient buildings that interest me, but also how people live and their culture.”