Touring a previously war-torn country and seeing the progress of its people can bring inner peace for veterans. That is the premise behind Timor Awakening, a renewal and rehabilitation program.
Be embraced by whole communities, share stories with Timorese veterans, and see first-hand the positive impact of Australia’s involvement in the young country’s freedom in the 11-day tour.
“Timor is a peaceful country, with veterans and civilians that have suffered unimaginable atrocities, hardship, trauma and oppression; but they have healed and are moving forward. We want our veterans to experience the same healing and rehabilitation, to move forward and be part of the next chapters.” – Michael Stone, Timor Awakening Program Director.
Timor Awakening welcomes ex-serving personnel and their partners. You don't need to have served in Timor; however, Timor veterans have reported experiencing a greater positive impact.
“It has had an enduring effect on me. You realise just how insignificant your problems are . . . if we look at what other people have dealt with and are now happy and smiling, it does have an effect on you.” – Wayne Douglas, veteran and Timor Awakening participant.