In July 2015 students from 7 ASC schools will be embarking on Reachout Manila. Participants will work alongside materially poor people in Manila, people who live in squatter camps alongside the rubbish dump and other marginalised areas of the city. The families who live in these areas have moved from regional parts of the Philippines to try and find a better life. They live in shanties erected on the side of the hill next to the rubbish dump or in inner urban areas. The parents spend their day picking through the rubbish finding plastic, metal and other items that can be sold for recycling or finding day labour or other itinerant employment. These camps are isolated from schools and other amenities, meaning that the children have very limited opportunities for education. One youth group of a local Anglican parish spends Saturday’s teaching basic numeracy and literacy to these children and giving them a meal. Another group of youth from the parish community helps teach young children basic english and maths in their community after working or attending school themselves. These amazing young people are poor themselves but give everything that they are able to improve the lives of others in their communites.
What will we be doing?
In Reachout Manila we will spend two weeks supplementing the efforts of local young people in Anglican parishes by immersing ourselves in the communities, teaching, befriending and feeding the children; learning how to be present in the moment with another human being, to sit and be.
We will be taken out of our familiar and comfortable lifestyles and placed into a whole new space of meaning, into cultures and environments that are in many ways alien to what we are used to. In these places we will have opportunities to serve and work alongside the ‘poorest of the poor’.
Young people today want to have real and tangible opportunities to learn and grow. Through these tangible experiences, opportunities for growth emerge in a deepening understanding of ourselves, of God and of the world in which we live.
Students will spend the whole of the School Holidays in July 2015 on this Reachout program. We will fly to Manila on the night of Tuesday 30 June 2015 and return to Perth on Friday 17 July 2015. The last 48 hours of the trip will be spent in Hong Kong as a de-brief and ‘wind down’ prior to returning to Perth. The senior group of leaders will be travelling on pilgrimage to Taize, Canterbury and London from 17 July to 31 July 2015.
Who will be travelling?
Reachout Manila 2015 is open to students from participating Anglican Schools Commission schools who are in Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 in 2015 and are a minimum of 15 years of age on 1 July 2015. Places are limited to only 35 students.
The schools participating in 2015 are:
Esperance Anglican Community School
Frederick Irwin Anglican School
John Wollaston Anglican Community School
Perth Anglican Grammar School
Peter Carnley Anglican Community School
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School
Swan Valley Anglican Community School
This will not be a holiday - students must have a desire and willingness to work hard in difficult and challenging circumstances in order to help the people we will be going to serve. You must be prepared to work as part of a team and be away from your family for the two weeks.
There will be a selection process based on a person’s ability to maturely respond to the challenges that will face them.
Prior to the trip there will be a number of preparation sessions at a central location in order to prepare the team for the challenges before them.
Reachout Manila is recognised under the Duke of Edinburugh Award as an Adventurous Journey, Volunteering (PSL only) and Residential Project .
REACHOUT Manila Pilgrims 2014