Fulfilling Lives Both Locally and Abroad

The Geelong College's Year 10 students have embarked on their Fulfilling Lives programs this week, immersing themselves in cultures and assisting in communities.

The Fulfilling Lives programs this year include groups in Borneo, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Central Australia and Greater Geelong. Students not only have the opportunity to explore their respective regions, but also to immerse themselves in the community's way of life and carry out an aid project which they have been fundraising towards.

Yesterday, Tuesday 27 March, the 14 students in the Local Connections program visited Queenscliff to help with maintenance at the Cottage by the Sea. The Cottage by the Sea is a non-government, not-for-profit and donor-funded organisation that provides fun camps and opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Children are usually referred to the Cottage by school welfare officers, welfare agencies, government health departments or council services.

The Local Connections group learnt about Cottage by the Sea's work and performed some general cleaning around the property, before heading to the beach to collect rubbish.

The group will spend today and tomorrow in Melbourne, visiting places such as Urban Seed and the Immigration Museum, exploring issues such as homelessness, addiction, mental health, refugees, identity and belonging.

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