Supporting education and related programs for the empowerment
of children, youth and their communities in the Asia Pacific

School Volunteering

Volunteering in a developing country is a way of contributing your skills, time and knowledge to a community. It is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.

However, volunteering in country is not for the faint-hearted. Being away from home in a place where English is not widely spoken and where creature comforts are not available (such as clean running water and air conditioning) is not for everyone.

Our partner projects in India, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia are able to accommodate volunteers to help them contribute to local communities. The Lasallian Foundation has been focused on establishing strong long term relationships with the local communities.

De La Salle College Malvern in Victoria conducts annual volunteer visits to Papua New Guinea in August and Coolies Month program, India in December – a better alternative to going to Schoolies. The visit to PNG sees a group of Year 11 students building teacher houses at Mainohana Secondary School, a co-educational boarding school about 4 hours outside of Port Moresby. For Coolies Month, a group of Year 12 boys fundraise during the year and at the end of the year instead of heading to Schoolies Week celebrations, these intrepid young guys spend one month in India building homes or classrooms and doing maintenance work for poor families and communities.


St Bede’s College, Mentone in Victoria commenced annual visits to Boys Village, India in 2009. In 2011, they also started volunteering at the Brothers School at Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. This work was completed in 2012. In 2013, the boys commenced volunteering at the Bamboo School, Thailand  supporting tribal refugee children living near the Thai/Myanmar border.



Since 2009, Oakhill College, Castle Hill in NSW has taken up to 25 volunteer students and teachers to volunteer at Boystown, and Boys and Girls Village in Madurai, India. They have taught the vocations students at Boystown in building and painting flat pack furniture, designed by the Oakhill College students. This furniture will be given to all cottages at both Boys and Girls Villages. They have also painted rooms and done some general maintenance.


Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, QLD takes volunteers to Thailand and Sri Lanka working with the schools to improve the playground and environment to make it child-friendly and safe as well as working with teachers to improve their teaching and English skills and working with the outreach programs for the poor.


In mid-2011, St John’s Regional College, Dandenong in Victoria, joined this special group of schools and visited Cambodia to assist at the Brothers first school in Phnom Penh. The school opened in late 2011 and accommodates up with 400 primary students.

We hope to continue expanding this program to other De La Salle schools and affiliated organisations in the future.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been participating in all of our volunteer programs – you have touched and changed many lives. And we hear wonderful reports of the “Aussies” who came to help.

To express your interest in participating in overseas volunteer opportunities, contact us by email or phone (03) 9508 2700 and we will let you know when we restart the program. You may also like to view our Volunteering FAQs for further information.