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Dili, Timor-Leste ( 10 to 17 August 2012 )

Basic Facts
East Timor was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonization of the country. In late 1975, East Timor declared its independence, but later that year was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and was declared Indonesia's 27th province the following year.

In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory and East Timor became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century on May 20, 2002.

East Timor has a lower-middle-income economy. It continues to suffer the aftereffects of a decades-long independence struggle against Indonesia, which damaged infrastructure and displaced thousands of civilians. It is placed 120th by United Nations Human Development Index.


Application Procedure
Interested applicants are required to complete the online application and to provide a short write-up of their involvement in humanitarian work under the column Describe Yourself.

All selected participants are required to attend a compulsory two-day training course on August 8 and 9, 2012 from 1.00 to 6.30 pm in preparation for the humanitarian relief efforts in the various Orphanages Home.

Closing date for application is on 31 May 2012.


Participation Fee
The cost for successful applicant is GBP400.00 and it includes training in Bali, Indonesia, 7-nights accommodation in Timor-Leste on a sharing basis, meals, inland transportation, logistics and programme cost. The participating fee does not include airfare to East Timor, airport tax, and visa fee.

A letter will be issued to successful applicants to facilitate in their applications of entry permit into Timor-Leste.

All participants are expected to purchase a set of two T-shirts at GBP 20.00 per set.

Successful applicants need to subscribe to a one-year membership with Humanitarian Affairs at GBP30.00 for student and GBP70.00 for working adult. Life-membership fee is GBP100.00 per person.

However, members of Humanitarian Affairs Chapters in various Universities will be exempted from paying the subscription fees.

Membership to Humanitarian Affairs is strictly reserved for participants in the Organisation's Programme.


Funds for the Timor-Leste Children
Successful applicant will need to contribute a minimum sum of GBP50.00 towards purchasing relief items for the children.


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