We empower youth to discover more of who they are, appreciate what they have and realise the difference they are able to make

the experience

 

Together we take a 12-hour flight with one transit into Mactan Cebu Airport where we are picked up and taken to our accommodation for 2 nights. Day two we visit a home supporting abandoned youth where we engage in bonding games, singing, dancing and learning together. The next morning, we are up early and off to beautiful Bantayan Island to commence our week immersed amongst the wonderful people within the Malbago village.

 

Throughout the week, mornings are spent in and around the village. It is an opportunity to be with and learn about the everyday tasks the people of the community must undertake just to sustain a living. Learn from the mums, play with the children and potentially work side by side with the dads in and around the community. Afternoons are spent as a group, partnered with local youth where we undertake a series of activities learning more about the culture in a broader sense. Evenings are spent in the most traditional of Filipino ways…karaoke, dancing, basketball and fiestas…FUN! In everything you are involved in, the local people will be right by your side.
 
Finally, upon returning to Cebu we spend a day with the most inspiring and uplifting young ladies you will ever meet. Young ladies that have been through unimaginable suffering but have still managed to have come out the other side of it all with a smile and loving spirit and turn their lives around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the stages

 

Discovery

Stage 1

 
The students will be visited by program facilitators Will Slater, Daniel Kuzeff and Sam Gaskell.

They will tell their stories, encouraging students to discover their own values and extend their actions to positively impact others and the world around them.

This will be followed by a series of workshops where students are exposed to various fundraising models, learning how to effectively execute a fundraising campaign.

Students will raise $5,000 in collaboration with their school and community to collectively fund an entire home in an overseas village.

Immersion

Stage 2

  
The students embark on a 9-day overseas immersion where they will engross themselves in a different culture to broaden their perspective and develop appreciation for the fortunate position they occupy in the world.

Students will visit the local village and see the practical results of their fundraising efforts first hand.

In addition to working on the construction of homes alongside beneficiaries, the students will also continue their personal development through cultural learning, team building activities, active learning games and workshops.

Reflection

Stage 3

  
Our Connection stresses the importance of reflecting on experiences and perspectives gained from the immersion.

This allows students to implement what they have discovered about the world and themselves into their daily life.

The Our Connection team will visit the school to do a workshop with students about their experiences and accomplishments through participating in the ASP.

This will lead into an evening graduation, presented by the students to their friends, family and teachers; reflecting on their learnings.

who are you?

 

Student

 
Would you like to have a life changing experience while making the world a better place?

We believe that nothing is more important than finding happiness and living by the values you believe in. We will help you and your friends raise enough money to build a home for a disadvantaged family and then take you overseas to help them build it!

We will work with you to discover the values and goals you are passionate about and help you discover an exciting vision for your future.

Parent

 
The ASP is an exciting opportunity for your child to travel overseas, develop cultural awareness and increase their self-confidence and leadership skills.

The safety of your child is of paramount importance. The Our Connection staff and teachers will be present throughout all stages of the program.

Your child will embark on a journey of empowerment and self-discovery as students are encouraged to identify their values and goals that will guide them into the future.

Teacher

 
The program is designed in a way that challenges students to broaden their perspectives and cultural understandings.

With your help we will increase their appreciation for opportunities available to them, discover values that will guide their lives and harness their passions to achieve tangible results.

We work with you to maximise the potential of your students by developing a unique and enriching experience, combining learning and travelling in which teachers and students can connect and work together in an overseas environment.

the funds

 

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the village

 malbago

Located in the central Philippine region of Cebu on the large tropical island of Bantayan is a unique culture unfamiliar to the outside world. It is home to an exciting culture of street food and bustling fish markets that can only be trumped by the untapped snorkelling sites and white sand beaches. 

 

Despite the beauty of Bantayan, there are areas still sitting below the poverty line. At the north end of the island there is a remote community known as Malbago. In 2011, Our Connection travelled to this community and made contact with the leaders to discuss a housing project now known as the inaugural Our Connection village.