Lasallian Volunteering in 2019

In 2019, the Lasallian Mission Council is offering a fulfilling opportunity for ex-students to volunteer overseas or around Australia in another Lasallian school.

This is an 11-month program, where ex-students will be dedicating their time to other Lasallians in communities who need the assistance more than we do. This program has been going on for many years, with 20 current volunteers from all around Australia. This program is very similar to the 2-week program in De La Salle, Bomana for Year 11 students and the 4-week Yaluwo program in Sri Lanka for Year 12 students, however, it is more extensive. Volunteers live within the Brothers community and assist more within the school itself.

This program is a perfect opportunity for those who want to take a ‘gap year’ next year. In my role as Lasallian Youth Minister, I have been lucky enough to meet all of the Lasallian Volunteers. They all indicate that the program provides an opportunity to explore your inner life and develop your personal values in a meaningful way that has a sense of direction and purpose. Here you will be able to see a noticeable difference in other people’s lives.

We were lucky enough to have Joel Harris, St James Youth Minister, who went to LaSalle Middle Swan in WA, join us to talk to the Year 12 students about this opportunity. Joel spoke about his experience there, inspiring myself and the students in the room. Joel said “looking back now I believe I made the right choice as I see the difference I continually make to the kids, and the changes I see in myself.”

Participating in the program is at no cost to the volunteers. Food, board and flights will be paid for, as well as having an $80 allowance each week. There is an introduction at the start of the year and a debrief at the end of the year with all the other Lasallian Volunteers around the ANZPPNG region. These sessions are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.

Applications officially close this Friday 26 July, but the Lasallian Volunteers will continue to accept applications until 8 August 2018. Some students have already applied, but for those still considering or have any questions, please email me: atrusler@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Aaron Trusler
Lasallian Youth Minister

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