For over 180 years Marists have been focussed on education as the way to build resilient communities. Marist education has for many decades been seen as a formal setting but today’s Marist world is one with a broad range of educational activities. Our projects aim to build up community environments enabling educational opportunities to be more accessible and equitable for all. It favours young people as our target group and seeks to empower local communities as ultimately responsible for their own development.
There are three broad categories of volunteers:
- Young Marist Solidarity Experience
- Skilled Volunteer
Young Marist Solidarity Experience
The Young Marist Solidarity Experience is for Marist school leavers to have the opportunity to live and work in a Marist community overseas for a 2 month placement in the year following the completion of their Year 12 studies. Positions typically include a wide range of tasks including tutoring in English, ICT and PE, and general assistance in and around formal schools and non-formal education centres.
The Solidarity Experience is for young Marists who after they leave school, express a desire to stay connected to the Australian Marist Community and involve themselves in initiatives across the province.
A skilled volunteer is someone who has recognizable skills and experience and wishes to offer these to a community. This frequently involves teachers who wish to take leave and teach abroad for a minimum of one school term, but also includes white collar professionals in capacity building positions.
MVA offers two unique internships with the first opportunity here at Marist Solidarity (MSol). The Brisbane based MSol team has the capacity to offer insightful internships to anyone who has wanted to gain hands on experience in an international aid agency. You will have the opportunity to participant in team meetings; maintain project files and work in all areas of the MSol operations. Interstate applications are encouraged as we have ample accommodation in a Marist house only minutes from the office.
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Marist Foundation for International Solidarity (FMSI) is a non-governmental organisation committed to working towards a better world for children and young people, especially those who are marginalised because of poverty, lack of access to education, legal status, or in need of protection from violence, abuse or neglect. This internship offers training programs in child rights, UN mechanisms and UN procedures for Marists around the world to become aware of, and actively engage in, advocacy efforts to help improve the quality of life for children and young people on the margins of life. This internship is best suited for university students studying law and/or human rights.