austraLasia

?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment

20171205_AUL.jpg


The Cagliero Project: Sharing of one year missionary volunteer experience in Samoa

By Ms. Stefanie Azzopardi


Alafua, Samoa, 4 December 2017 -- In February 2017 I arrived in Samoa excited to spend my year volunteering at Divine Mercy School, Malololelei. And now in what feels like a blink of an eye I will be leaving beautiful Samoa and returning back home to Australia. While I am looking forward to returning home and seeing my friends and family, I will definitely miss this beautiful country, the people and of course all my gorgeous but cheeky students!


During my time in Samoa I have been teaching reading classes, oral hygiene and assisting in the preschool and organising afternoon school classes as well as being involved in some of the youth activities. It has been a real blessing getting to know my students and to journey with them throughout the year. I have enjoyed their energy, their sense of humour, their smiles and hugs.


And while they definitely keep you on your toes as they are the cheekiest are the cheekiest students I have met, their beautiful hearts and warm hugs won’t keep you mad for long! I was recently away from the school for a couple of days to spend some time with another community and I was overwhelmed by the excitement of the children when they saw that me again. This is something I will miss!


During my time in Samoa I have also been fortunate to spend time with some families in the village. I have loved these experiences as it has been a great way to learn about the Samoan culture and way of life. Samoans in general are very hard working where many families have their own plantations where they grow their own food to support and feed their families. They often use natural resources and what the land has to provide in their everyday life.


While Samoans are very hard working, they also love to have fun, especially sing and dance! And they are truly talented! One of the highlights of my school year was our “Cultural Day” where the students performed Samoan dances and dramas. It was a lot of fun learning the Samoan style of dance. While I could never match their grace and poise, it was a great day!


One aspect of the Samoan way of life that I will miss is the sense of community. When walking or driving through the village, everyone will greet each other by either saying “Hello” or “Bye” regardless if they know the person or not. This sense of connection and community is beautiful and something I have enjoyed!


While my journey in Samoa is coming to an end, it is one that I won’t forget.


Tofa Soifua!




20171205_AUL1.jpg


20171205_AUL2.jpg


20171205_AUL3.jpg


Maximum Attachments : 0Byte/ 15.00MB
Maximum File Size : 15.00MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

  1. 4985(III)_Study, reflect, share and act together

    First Pacific Delegation Assembly By Fr James Hoe, SDB Moderator of the Pacific Delegation Assembly Le'auva'a, Samoa, 20 January 2019 -- For the first time, 28 confreres from the three countries of the Pacific Delegati...
    Date2019.01.20 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views101 file
    Read More
  2. 4985(II)_Salesian Mission Day 2019 and Extraordinary Mission Month 2019

    By the SDB Mission Sector RMG, 20 January 2019 -- The new year 2019 brings at least two special mission animation opportunities for each Salesian community around the world. The first is the by now traditional Salesian Mission Day...
    Date2019.01.20 CategoryRMG Reply0 Views46 file
    Read More
  3. 4985(I)_General Councils meet for first time at Sacro Cuore

    By Our Own Correspondent RMG, 17 January 2019 -- The by now traditional six monthly joint meeting of the SDB and FMA General Councils took place for the first time at the new General House at Via Marsala, 42 (Sacro Cuore) in Rome ...
    Date2019.01.20 CategoryRMG Reply0 Views54 file
    Read More
  4. 4984(II)_Korean provincial receives Road Map 2025 from the Rector Major

    By Our Own Correspondent RMG, 18 January 2019 -- As does every newly-appointed SDB Provincial since January 2015, the KOR Provincial-elect, Fr Timothy Choi Won Cheol, was also invited by the Successor of Don Bosco to Rome for...
    Date2019.01.19 CategoryRMG Reply0 Views63 file
    Read More
  5. 4984(I)_Window on the World

    Salesian Mission Office Conference 2019 By Our Own Correspondent Rome, Italy, 18 January 2019 -- Two years after the previous encounter in January 2017 the Salesian Mission Office Director, SDB staff and Lay mission partner...
    Date2019.01.19 CategoryRMG Reply0 Views114 file
    Read More
  6. 4983_The PGS Vice Province welcomes 2 Salesian Lay Missioners

    By Stephen Stafstrom and Matthew Nguyen Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 18 January 2019 -- The Salesian Lay Missioners of the New Rochelle Province (SUE) had sent missionaries to PNG from way back in 1993 until 2005. Since last ye...
    Date2019.01.18 CategoryPGS Reply0 Views62 file
    Read More
  7. 4982(III)_First Pacific Delegation Asssembly opens in Samoa

    By Cl. Pati Ioane, SDB Leauvaa, Samoa, 16 January 2019 --The day that we, the Pacific Delegation, have been dreaming of has finally arrived. The opening of the first ever Pacific Delegation Assembly was held at St Therese Retreat ...
    Date2019.01.17 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views117 file
    Read More
  8. 4982(II)_Second Formation session for Lay Mission Partners

    By Fr. Michael Lap, SDB Tokyo, Japan, 16 January 2019 -- In continuation from last January 2018's 'true Salesian Pentecost' of the first formation of Lay Mission Partners in Japan, this year too for the second time the Lay Mission...
    Date2019.01.17 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views106 file
    Read More
  9. 4982(I)_What kind of Salesians for the Youth of Timor Leste? (Part I)

    By Fr. Apolinario Neto Ornai TLS Viceprovince Superior Dili, Timor Leste, 14 January 2019 -- We give thanks to God that last 10-13 January we concluded the first part of the 2019 Provincial Chapter, with many fruits. The proces...
    Date2019.01.17 CategoryTLS Reply0 Views80 file
    Read More
  10. 4981_EAO Region at the 37th Salesian Spirituality Days

    By Our Own Correspondent EAO 16 January 2019 -- In each of the 90 Salesian provinces around the world we are already used to celebrating Salesian Family Day with meaning. The annual world level 'Salesian Family Days' started in 19...
    Date2019.01.16 CategoryEAO Reply0 Views86 file
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 251 Next
/ 251