This year we will have one group of students and staff travelling to Timor Leste. The staff members are Mr Steve Bognar and Ms Tara McGrath and Father Joe Taylor, parish Priest of St Brendan’s Parish, will also be travelling with them.
The group will visit various Marist associated schools, learning centres and community programs around Timor-Leste and Baucau. The ever reliable and enthusiastic Sebas will again be the guide and mentor for our group as they learn much about the culture and friendliness of the East Timorese people.
09/07/2018: East Timor immersion group have arrived safe and sound in Dili. Everyone eagerly anticipating what’s to come.
12/07/2018: All is well. We travelled from Dili to Baucau today. Visited the prison mueseum in Dili. We are all coping well. Going to the teachers college tomorrow.
16/07/2018: We are all well in East Timor and everyone is getting along with the trip very well. We have adapted to food and water. In Baucau currently. Off to Abafala tomorrow.
16/07/2018: We spent the last 48 hours in Abafala, visiting the primary school and community, went to local orphanage today. All healthy and well.
20/07/2018: Email received from Paul Gilchrist, Marist Brothers, Baucau-"Your staff and students have left for Dili this morning from Baucau, and all going to plan they should be home soon. I just wanted to let you know that they are outstanding ambassadors for your community, led by two committed, capable and generous staff members, Steven and Tara. We enjoyed their visit to Baucau and thank them for their involvement with the local students and practical work during their stay. I hope they arrive home safely and have enjoyed their time with Australia's close neighbour. Thank you for enabling them to visit; a very impressive group of students and staff."
20/07/2018: Our travel home has commenced as we travel the long distance from Baucau back to Dili today. One last night in Dili tonight before flying home tomorrow. Shall meet families at Melbourne Airport - qantas domestic arrivals terminal. looking forward to returning home after a wonderful time in Timor Leste. Lots of stories to share.