‘Share the Mission’ is a volunteer program of Lasallian Youth Ministry and the
De La Salle Brothers in the District of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
‘Share the Mission’ provides committed and talented volunteers to Lasallian works for a period of nine months, full-time, and creatively provides an avenue for volunteers to serve, grow, change their own life, and the lives of others who are marginalised in any way.
‘Share the Mission’ is an opportunity to be formally associated for the Lasallian mission whilst connected to a Brother’s Community for inspiration and discipleship.
This unique ministry is about building and strengthening
Lasallian relationships in order to bring young people closer to God.
Our Placements offer unique opportunities to:
• Participate in exciting ministries in one of
•Explore further personal values, spirituality
and direction in life
•Experience faith-based community living
•Develop and deepen being a Lasallian
Openings are in education in mission and trade schools,
in social welfare / training work, or in youth ministry.
Share the Mission Volunteers (SMV's), usually in pairs or trios,
live for the nine months (early March till early December)
in a community with Brothers or other Volunteers. Each has an experienced Mentor.
There is an orientation program and a transition-home
program, with most expenses paid.
Some possible ministry placements are:
Luurnpa Catholic School, Balgo
Hills, in the Western Desert of the Kimberley
in Western Australia offers experience of a poor, remote
indigenous mission community of the Kukatja people.
Work can be teaching, assisting local Teacher Aides,
helping with computers, sports supervision and coaching,
or library resource production. Adaptable, resilient,
open people, working outside city life are needed.
De La Salle College Mangere
is a boys secondary school in South Auckland, New Zealand,
which is a low socio-economic area. The largely Polynesian
environment provides opportunities for broad cross-cultural
work in teacher assistance / teaching in special needs
learning, youth ministry leadership animation, sports
Lasallian Metropolitan Schools also need assistance and may be a further option.
Anyone between the age of 18 and 30, in good health, with
a current Christian commitment to marginalized people
can apply. One needs demonstrated social skills, initiative
& independence, openness to leadership growth and
to new cultures. Usually male and female applicants
come from Lasallian schools, but selection does not
Currently employed Lasallian Partners are invited also
to apply for possible vacant positions in selected Placements.
Applying and Selection
The first step is to make contact (see names below),
and find out, face-to-face, the dimension of the Program.
This involves an information session and careful thought
and advice before applying. The candidate has a certain
measure of choice in their preferred Placement, with
final decision for selection resting with program organisers.
Interviews are in early October.
Expenses / Legalities
The Brothers pay for your travel to and from Placement,
costs of accommodation, meals and insurance. Participants
receive an Allowance, but provide also their own spending
money. As one works with young people, a compulsory
police clearance is required.
A week-long induction program in February will help
you to explore and understand the experience, its commitments
and what you could reasonably expect to benefit from
What are my hopes and motivations? What are the expectations
of those I’ll be working and living with? What
particular skills and potential do I have to offer that
fits the Placement? How is this a Christian program?
What legal and safety aspects do I need to know?
Mentoring Support and Accompaniment
Once in your Placement, a" Mentor" helps you
to be at home, and induct you to the work-place and
your living in a faith community. You have a skilled
"Service Supervisor" as well. They "walk
with you" as you take initiatives, set yourself
goals & achieve in your service work. The Brothers
also support you.
Transition, Home and Acknowledgement
In early December there is a group de-briefing and evaluation
time and a time to reflect with other Volunteers on
experiences and the future. Formal recognition of your
service as a SMV is given publicly. You are encouraged
to share your Placement experience with others and keep
up association with the Lasallian District.
These can be many. Some are~
• Living and learning in a different culture and
• Up-skilling and discovering personal strengths
and abilities previously unidentified;
• Associating more deeply as a Lasallian &
• Experiencing close-up commitment to disadvantaged
Mr James Camden, Program Manager
+ 61 (02) 9795 6420
Alternatively, make contact with your local Lasallian Youth Minister or De La Salle Brother for more information.