Philippines Cultural Exchange 2017

From 21 April through to 4 May, De La Salle College hosted 12 students and three teachers from our brother school, La Salle Green Hills in Manila. This was just the latest chapter of our Cultural Exchange program which has been conducted for over 20 years.

This year’s successful exchange would not have been possible without the generosity of the Parker, Brownhill, Te Moni, Mundy, May, Burns, Soliven, Joseph, Fabian, Gorman, Hogan and Suffolk families.

Here is a reflection from Kristoff Soliven, Year 10 (Mark’s 03)

What was it like hosting a La Salle Greenhill’s Boy?


As a whole, hosting a Greenhill’s boy was a very positive experience. From the moment they came here, they loved it here and some, already grasping the Australian culture. However, what I really took note was how culture shocked they were when they arrived here, from how little traffic there was to them being able to drink the tap water. For my exchange student and myself, we had a great time with each other, from going out to watch an AFL match to visiting the Australian wildlife in the Dandenong ranges. Personally, this would have to be one of my most enjoyable moments in my time in De La. Enjoyable because I had the privilege to show a fellow Lasallian the culture of our school, of our society and, especially for me coming from a Filipino background, our way of living as a Filipino in Australia.


Kristoff Soliven
Year 10

I take this opportunity to thank the De La Salle Malvern Brothers Community for hosting the three teachers. I also want to acknowledge the support of Mr Chas Thompson, Mrs Marta Webster, Mrs Joan Ferguson and Mr Andrew Wozencroft.

Mr David Happ
Philippines Cultural Exchange Coordinator

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