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Asia Literacy Ambassadors visit schools either in person or online. You could invite an Asia Literacy Ambassador to your school to:

  • discuss a topic your students are studying and in which the Ambassador has special expertise
  • share their experience of using Asian language skills and inspire your students to continue language learning
  • participate in a careers information session
  • contribute to staff professional learning on Asia capabilities
  • speak to the wider school community about the importance of engaging with Asia.

Inviting an Asia Literacy Ambassador to your school

Steps for organising an Ambassador visit
  • Browse our Speakers Bureau to find a suitable Asia Literacy Ambassador – you can filter your search by location, industry and country of expertise. We recommend you make a note of three different Ambassadors, as your first choice might not be available.
  • Select an Ambassador
  • Select the 'Request Ambassador' form
  • Choose 'An Asia Literacy Ambassador (or Ambassadors) visit' option
  • Complete and submit the form

What happens next?

  • You will receive confirmation that AEF's school business partnerships team has received your request.
  • On the form you have provided information about the context and objective of your request, when you would like the Ambassador/s to visit and what you would like them to do. This information is used to explain your request to your preferred Ambassador/s
  • You will be informed of their availability as soon as possible. If they are, we will put you in touch with each other. If not, we will approach your second preference.
  • Once we have put you in touch with an Ambassador, it is your responsibility to manage the school visit. The School Business Partnerships team is available for support as you need it. You can contact us.
  • Please also read the resources below; they provide lots of ideas for pre-visit and post-visit activities as well as tips to make the Asia Literacy Ambassador visit a success.

Too far for a face-to-face school visit?

Asia Literacy Ambassadors are usually able to travel up to 50 kilometres for a school visit. They may be able to travel up to 200 kilometres or further, but might require travel reimbursement. If your school is far from the CBD of a capital city, it might be difficult for an Ambassador to visit you in person as most work in capital cities. One option is to arrange an online interaction. You will see on your preferred Ambassador's profile if they are available for virtual interactions.

For a student interaction with an Ambassador, another option is to arrange a workplace visit and incorporate it into a city excursion.


    The resources below give useful insights into many aspects of Asian geography, history and statistics, and can complement a school visit.

    • World Mapper provides excellent visual representations of the world mapped against different indicators, including the world by land size versus the world by population size
    • The World Bank website has a range of data available in table, map and graph format.
    • The Asialink Index is available for download and contains a range of graphs and statistics about Australia’s changing engagement across the region.
    • Asialink Business Resources includes case studies of Australian businesses engaging successfully in Asia and profiles of outstanding Australians working in Asia.
    • Derek Sivers – 3 minutes on how people from different cultures see the world differently.
    • Hans Rosling – 15 minutes of interesting statistics about Asia's rise.


    Video: AEF


    Explore the resources below for teachers and Asia Literacy Ambassadors:

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    For Ambassadors:

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