For “Schoolies Week”, Genesis Year 12 students are encouraged to participate in an annual mission trip to the New Life Trust Orphanage in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The trip is seen as the final journey from child to adulthood and is aimed at instilling a deep sense of empathy for all human beings and a commitment to serving one another as global citizens.
During the trip, the students are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in this cultural exchange and life changing experience. While involvement in the orphanage is the main aim of the trip, some sightseeing is also included.
All students who attend, including the general school population, are involved in fundraising activities during the year to raise the necessary financial resources needed to fund the projects that will be undertaken.
During the stay, each student is encouraged to contribute in very practical ways to the life of the orphanage by committing to one or more of the planned projects. Projects could involve:
- painting of buildings and general maintenance;
- teaching English and music to children in the orphanage;
- teaching ICT skills to the staff and children in the orphanage; and
- involvement in sporting and dance activities.