Posted by Joshua Paul
on 13 March 2019
Almost a month ago I began my year of Lasallian Volunteering at La Salle College, Middle Swan in Perth. As a volunteer at La Salle, my role is working with the Indigenous students that board at La Salle as a means of having access to an education that they wouldn't usually have access to at home in their communities.
The students, who are aged between 12 and 17, come from remote communities such as Balgo and Bililuna which are approximately 800km southeast of Broome. On a daytoday basis, I go to school with the students, working in a similar role to a teacher's assistant. This involves making sure they get to class, helping them in the classroom to ensure they do not fall behind, as well as helping serve their recess and lunch. After school, we come home, usually go for a swim in our pool and help the students to finish their homework.
Our work isn't without challenges with the students liking to test our patience but it is all worth it when you see the effort and determination these kids put into their education. So far, volunteering at La Salle College has been a truly wonderful and aweinspiring experience. These terrific kids constantly remind me to be appreciative of what we have and make the most of the opportunities that we are given in life.