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Armidale Community • Armidale, NSW

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Armidale
155 Kentucky St.
Armidale NSW 2350
Australia

Established: 2005

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About Us:
We are a small Bruderhof settlement created to sustain our students attending the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. Armidale is about two hours south of Danthonia and Inverell, the Bruderhof’s two other Australian settlements.

Setting:
The Bruderhof owns two houses on a main residential street in the town of Armidale (population: twenty-five thousand), located about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. The university, with an enrollment of eighteen thousand, attracts students from more than fifty countries, making life in this country town a unique, international experience. The town is a vibrant cultural center with frequent musical and theater performances and farmers’ markets boasting local wines, cheeses, and fruits. Surrounding the town are dramatic gorges, excellent for camping and bushwalking. Small farming communities dot the rolling countryside and produce wine, beef, mutton, and wool.

Connecting with Neighbors:
Having so many international students on campus is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn and serve. Some students come from countries where they were persecuted for their religious beliefs, while others struggle to integrate into Australian university culture. There are many opportunities to form strong friendships, teach English, and gain an understanding of another’s deeply held cultural and religious beliefs. Many of our international friends miss the close-knit communities in their home countries. When they share a meal or fellowship with us, they regain a sense of closeness and support which transcends cultural differences. Often, we bring our friends – both international and Australian – up to Danthonia for longer visits. In addition to our involvement in campus life, our student members attend to older residents in the town, visiting and helping out with household chores.

Point of Interest:
As Australia’s highest city, Armidale is renowned for its four distinct seasons and brilliant autumn foliage – a rarity in Australia!

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

The Bruderhof has an open-door policy. No matter who you are, we are delighted to meet and spend time with you. All Bruderhof communities host both drop-in and overnight guests every week. Some visits are purely social; others are deep explorations of faith and possible membership. Some visits involve ice cream and horse-cart rides; others revolve around spiritual conversations and guidance. Whatever your visit will be, we look forward to getting to know you! 

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