The Cagliero Project embarked on the annual Immersion program, this year to Samoa. The group of 11 consisted of high school and university students and some teachers. All the members had an affiliation with the Salesians in Australia through school or the Don Bosco Camp. It was a dynamic group of young people willing to share their skills, talents and be immersed into a new culture.
The group arrived very early on Saturday the 28th of June and spent a week working at the Don Bosco Technical School, Alafua. Here the group met and interacted with the students at the Technical School through a Community Service Project. The project entailed a renovation blitz of two rooms on the school property. The group worked alongside some of the young men who attend the school as well as spending time with them in an Athletics carnival and a picnic to the beach. The athletics day was a highlight as our group was involved in all the events. During this week the group did homestay in the evening with students from the school. This was an amazing opportunity for the young Australians to live and be part of a Samoan family for four nights.
In the second week, after a short break to revive, the group headed to Don Bosco High school, Salelologa. The group worked with the students at the school by running rotation activities that involved, AFL, Music, Drama and Art and Craft workshops. The group once again assisted on the school Athletics day and spent time interacting with the young people. Another highlight was the dancing and interaction with the Salelologa Parish youth. Our group once again had homestay for four nights and fell in love with yet another very welcoming Samoan family.
Our group had experienced so many new things over the two weeks while in Samoa and been exposed to the beautiful place of Samoa. It was a sad goodbye at the airport as some of our friends came to bid us farewell. However, it was the experiences of a lifetime that the immersion group was truly blessed to have and will never forget.
By Jessica Quinn