The trip take places after the conclusion of VCE examinations and encourages students to celebrate their graduation with service rather than ‘schoolies’ week.
Project work is centred around a school and includes building, renovating, resourcing and training. Beyond the standard need for classrooms and amenities, the team provides support to schools with areas and equipment for play and sports, which research proves to be essential elements for learning.
Students travel to villages to see what life is like, and to see how the community works together to help make a brighter future for their children. These visits are a highlight. The communities are welcoming and eager to show us their homes and share hospitality.
Why send students overseas?
Travelling overseas helps students to get a bigger picture of the world than just their own neighbourhood and concerns. It is essential to know how to work with people from other cultures and societies in order for students to be active members of the ‘global village’. An overseas mission helps by providing students with opportunities who would otherwise never have the chance to travel and see what life is like outside Australia.
Nepal was selected for the Service Trip as it enables students to learn the joy of helping others. In Nepal they have the chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children who would otherwise live in extreme poverty. The college also has a long-standing partnership with ADRA (Adventist Disaster Relief Agency) in Kathmandu, providing a challenging, environment, without placing students at any significant risk.
Service Trip is offered to every Year 12 student to help build resilience, confidence, compassion, understanding and a sense of justice. These qualities are essential in the transition to adulthood; students who demonstrate they have travelled are likely stand out to employers and tertiary institutions, as these qualities are acknowledged for helping to create well-rounded workers and students.