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Timor-Leste Immersion – Student Reflection

By Students, Sam Connolly (Y10), Charlie Jaeger (Y10) & Leo Shanahan (Y11)

“On the 14th of July, I had the privilege along with 14 students and 3 teachers, in travelling on a trip of a lifetime to Timor Leste. We engaged in a homestay with families from Ralico Craic Village and connected with the local community through dinners, playing soccer and rugby with the younger kids. We also visited local fish farms and coffee plantations. We had the privilege of visiting many cemeteries and museums, where we learnt about Australia’s relationship with Timor. My favourite parts of the trip was getting to meet many great people and engaging in such a unique culture.”- Charlie Jaeger (Y10)

“For everyone this trip was a real eye-opener, giving us the opportunity to experience a new way of life, to gain a deeper understanding of how everyday life functions in a less developed and less fortunate country. We all realised how lucky we are in Australia. During our time we built different relationships with the Timorese people, our tour guides but most importantly, we built strong relationships within the group of boys. The biggest thing I took out of this immersion is to appreciate the simple things in life and to have a good time you need only to surround yourself with good people.” – Sam Connolly (Y10)

“Our Timorese guides presented the teachers and boys with a wide range of knowledge about their country, its history and Australia’s involvement. It was rewarding knowing that we were able to give back through the small gifts of solar buddies (used to help the communities during blackouts), toothbrushes for the Sisters to present to children in need and sports balls for the kids. Overall it was an excellent and eye-opening trip that any boy eligible next year should definitely consider going on.” – Leo Shanahan (Y11)

Reminder: Immersions Information Night will be held on Tuesday 20th August in the PAC for 2020 opportunities (Timor Leste, Red Earth and Kenya).