University of Queensland Australia
And so the Journey begins….
Five Leonians will spend a month in India in November/December 2016 serving the poor. This is the sixth India Immersion for St Leo’s College.
The five Leonians are Tim Boniface, Matthew Hoffman, Patrick Lynch, Sean Melbin, and Tazman Schmidt. The students will be accompanied by Br Rob Callen & Mr Paterson Boyd.
These young men will spend two weeks in Calcutta working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in centres like Prem Dan, Kalighat, and Nabor Jibon. In Chennai, they will work at MITHRA and Prema Vasam with severely disabled children from the slums of Madras. Each student has paid his own fare with some assistance from a UQ Advantage grant.
The trip organiser, Br Rob Callen, Christian Brothers Oceania, says that this four-week experience always has a profound impact on every participant. Spending four weeks in a strange culture, being deprived of home comforts and familiar food; surrounded by a frenzy of colour, noise and smells, is a challenge for everyone. But this journey of self-discovery; this test of one’s patience and generosity, teaches every volunteer real truths about himself. And the whole experience offers the possibility for personal transformation. In their willingness to give of themselves generously, these volunteers demonstrate their desire to be “men for others” and to build a better world.
The journey will be recorded with regular photo updates in the galleries below: