Walama Muru

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Cultural education and celebration 

Arc @ UNSW is proud to acknowledge the Bedegal, Gadigal, and the Ngunnawal people as the Traditional Custodians of the lands where we operate, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

[Wah]-la-[mah] [Mah]-[rah] 

Walama Muru comes from the Bidjigal language, and means “return to path”. This name captures the spirit of the program as Walama Muru is all about coming together, learning from one another, and walking the path toward justice, truth, and deep connection.

We aim to connect and form cooperative relationships with local and remote Indigenous communities. This program is all about having meaningful interactions with Indigenous people to learn, celebrate and communicate Aboriginal culture. Changing the way we think about Indigenous issues is the first step we can take to increase cultural understanding and reduce the barriers Indigenous people face. 


Whether you've got itchy feet or you're itching to make a real difference as a volunteer with Walama Muru, you'll be giving back and gaining so much return.

Volunteering with Walama Muru is also recognised on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).


Walama Muru is rebranding! For years Walama Muru has been a society focused on fundraising for a student trip to an Indigenous community involving hands-on volunteering. After being inactive for two years due to COVID, we are now looking for volunteers who are keen to get both educational and hands-on experience with Indigenous culture and practices, fundraise for valuable Indigenous organisations, and have some fun partaking in cultural appreciation events such as the Aboriginal painting class coming up in T3!  

Our T2 volunteers got to partake in Indigenous gallery and bush tucker tours, an Indigenous drag night, and made great friends along the way, so get applying! 

Volunteer applications for Term 1, 2023 are now open! To apply, click the link below. Applications close 11:59 pm Sunday February 19, 2023 (Sunday Week 1).

Volunteer training will occur on Saturday 25 February, 2023 (Saturday Week 2). 

Commitment Level: Light (1–2 hours per week).

Volunteer applications for Term 1, 2023 are now open!

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How do you say “Walama Muru”, and what does it mean? 

“Walama” is pretty straight-forward, but people tend to get stuck on the “Muru”! It’s pronounced with a hard “u”, so it sounds like “Murrah” rather than “Mooroo”. The term comes from the Bidjigal language, and means “return to path”. We think it really captures the spirit of reconciliation that this program is all about.

Why should I volunteer with Walama Muru?

If you’re looking to gain a greater understanding of the world’s oldest living culture, gain hands-on experience with Indigenous practices, and have fun celebrating Indigenous culture, Walama Muru is the program for you.

Contact Us

Walama Muru

P:(02) 9065 0930