Our range of overseas study, cultural and immersion programs see De La Salle College students travel far and wide to experience another culture or immerse themselves by living in solidarity with the poorest of the poor. Students gain independence, give back to the local communities and are enriched by these experiences.
Language and Culture Study Programs
Students who are studying French or Italian in Years 9 — 11 can travel to either France or Italy on a Language and Cultural Study Tour. The tours run for three weeks and take place roughly every two years. The France trip features a cultural exchange component where students stay with a host French family to experience firsthand the culture and language. Our Language and Culture Study Tours are an excellent way to consolidate language skills in preparation for VCE and to gain confidence in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking; all of which are assessable items at the VCE level.
Cultural Exchange in the Philippines
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are invited to experience a two-week exchange with one of our sister schools – LaSalle Green Hills, in the Philippines capital, Manila. Every second year, students from LaSalle Green Hills then make the trip to Melbourne. This cultural and academic program heightens our students’ awareness of the works of Lasallian Institutions worldwide.
The cultural exchange program between schools has proved to be an excellent opportunity for students to gain important insights into interpersonal relationships, varying value systems, differing world views and different social structures.
Social Justice Experience in Papua New Guinea
Year 11 students are offered the opportunity to spend 12 days at Bomana Secondary School, about 20km from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Conducted by the De La Salle Brothers, the school has 600 students, including boarders. During their time there, our students give back to the community by assisting in the building and refurbishment of facilities.
VCAL Educational Tour in Wilcannia
De La Salle College holds strongly the Lasallian charism and tradition of supporting communities in need and in effecting positive change for those who have little hope. It is important for the young men here at De La Salle to live out our Catholic Social Teaching and to be the Lord’s presence by committing themselves to the service of the poor and particularly, supporting our indigenous brothers and sisters where there is a dire and desperate need.
The project at St Therese’s Wilcannia (NSW) provides our young men with an opportunity to be involved in both helping and learning about our Indigenous population.
This project is offered exclusively to Year 12 VCAL students, who travel to Wilcannia for nine days to work in the school and the community. By working at St Therese’s, Wilcannia, it is hoped that De La Salle students will:
- help to improve facilities by renovating and attending to the maintenance of buildings.
- develop a greater understanding of our Indigenous population by interacting with the local indigenous community and the school community.
- develop an appreciation of the Indigenous culture through excursions to various local cultural sites.
- contribute to the Catholic community by working in an isolated environment.
Yaluwo Immersion in Sri Lanka
The De La Salle ‘Yaluwo’ are a group of recently graduated Year 12 students who travel to Sri Lanka to work on projects that help the Sri Lankan Lasallian community at Diyagala Boys Town. Money raised by the students throughout the year goes towards the completion of the projects.
The De La Salle ‘Yaluwo’ work as labourers for approximately four weeks and while they’re doing so, live with the De La Salle Brothers and fully immerse themselves in the community at Diyagala Boys Town. Completed projects may include; teaching, maintenance and/or renovation of housing, schools or classrooms, farming or landscaping.
The ‘Yaluwo’ Immersion is an alternate way for students to celebrate their Year 12 graduation whilst contributing to underprivileged communities. All students must commit to Yaluwo at the start of their Year 12 year and to fundraising for the immersion. Students must also cover their own transport and living costs.
Being a Yaluwo gives our students a unique cultural experience and the opportunity to give back to the community. This is made all the more rewarding because they’re able to turn their fundraising efforts into practical, hands-on solutions.
Here are some of the applicants’ reasons for wanting to be immersed in such a significant experience;
“I want to give back in the same way my Lasallian education has given to me”
“For the first time I feel like I can really put in to action the message of St John Baptist de La Salle”
“I want to finish Year 12 knowing I made a difference”.
As we embark on this new journey, we pray that the experience fills our hearts and allows us to fulfil the mission set forth by our founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.