What Am I Applying For?
You will be applying to go to a country in the developing world as part of group of up to 12. You will help build an educational facility for a community whose material and educational needs are far greater than our own. You will meet the members of the group you are going away with at least three times at training days before departure.
You will be working alongside local people and project leaders in the host country. You will help with activities such as digging foundations, transporting items, mixing cement and laying bricks. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any experience of these, as you will be taught how to do them.
Whilst you are there, you will be staying in local accommodation with very basic amenities rather different from what you are used to at home.
You will also be given the chance to get involved in fun and cultural activities in your host country, such as sports events, visits to historical sites, local festivals, spectacular landscapes and other activities, allowing you to experience local ways of living.
We pride ourselves on providing memorable and rewarding experiences for our groups. Over the last 30 years, many people have enjoyed projects so much, they have returned for a second or third project. To hear the thoughts of those who have been away with us in the past, visit Lasallian Alumini page.
You will need to complete the online application form. The deadline for this is usually April to mid-May of the year before you hope to go on a project, so that you can be interviewed before final offers of places are made. You will be notified by July/August of that year whether you have a place, so there is plenty of time to fund-raise. Late applications are accepted when places are available or for a reserve list.
There are three training days that take place from late September to late June, to help you prepare for your project. Parents are welcome to attend any of the meetings.
- There will be a meeting in late September in the north of England which you will be required to attend as part of your commitment to the projects. Here you will meet the rest of your team as well as some previous participants. You will receive details about your project, health requirements, fund-raising, visa etc.
- There will be regional meetings in Scotland and the North of England around the New Year period
- The final preparation meeting will take place in late June shortly before you leave: attendance at this meeting is essential.
The total contribution required for the projects is £1700. We believe this represents good value for a 5-week experience including travel, insurance, accommodation, food and drink. You will be required to pay a deposit of £50 on acceptance of your place on a project. After this, you will need to pay the remaining amount in several instalments with payment in full before the end of April.
Each project group is made up of 10-12 people. For each project we provide the following:
- 2 experienced project leaders; there will be others members of the group who have been on at least one project in the past
- preparation meetings
- safe accommodation
- travel arrangements and insurance
- food and drink on a project
- fun & enjoyable activities outside of work time
- an evaluation weekend away; an opportunity to reflect on your experiences, meet up with your Lasallian friends as well as with people from other project destinations.
Project Follow Up
There will be a follow-up weekend in a country setting at Kintbury, Berks, (no charge) end of August/start of September. It is important to attend this so that we have feedback and so that you also can assess the meaning of your experience and enjoy meeting your friends. Your contribution is invaluable for the success of future projects.
Many people will want to go on another project and maybe one day lead one of our groups. At the end of your project you receive a certificate confirming the work you have done whilst you are away.