The De La Salle ‘Yaluwo’ Immersion is a trip for 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’ Immersion group, work as labourers for approximately four weeks and while they’re doing so, live with the De La Salle Brothers to fully immerse themselves in the community at Diyagala Boys Town. Completed projects may include; teaching and/or general of the school or classrooms, gardening 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 fundraise for the immersion. Students must also cover their own transport and living costs.
Being involved in the ‘Yaluwo’ Immersion gives our students a unique cultural experience and the opportunity to give back to the “Diyagala” 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.