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, Art and Culture Study Tours
De La Salle College offers students the opportunity to broaden their learning experiences through in-country study. These study programs are an excellent way to consolidate students’ skills and confidence and instil in students a love of art and culture. The College is very pleased to offer the following programs which run in alternate years:
The Italian Language, Art and Culture Study Tour is open to students studying Italian, Art or History in Years 9 ‑11. Students from these subject areas are given the opportunity to travel to Italy to explore their area of interest and gain real-life experiences in the subjects they study. The Italy Study Tour takes place every two years, usually travelling in September. Students who are interested in participating in this wonderful and fulfilling experience are advised to apply through the Languages Faculty at De La Salle College.
The French Exchange Program is open to students of French in Years 9 ‑11. The France trip features a cultural exchange component where students stay with a host French family in Bordeaux to experience firsthand the culture and language of the country. Students not only attend French classes but also get involved fully in their host family’s life. In turn, these De La Salle students host their French “brothers” when they visit Australia the following year and they become part of the De La Salle community for three weeks. The friendships forged through the program and the links and bonds created are lifelong and life changing. Students interested in being part of this French Exchange Program should consult their French teacher.
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.