Just-visiting-home-title

What is Just Visiting?

JUST VISITING? is a guide developed in the spirit of reflective practice using Catholic Social Teaching principles as a framework. It is an invitation to Australian Catholic School teachers and school leadership teams to join us as we reflect, evaluate and challenge ourselves to achieve best practise in the area of Global Education and student immersion travel.

Welcome Teachers

Caritas Australia works to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity because we believe it is a necessary response to the Gospel call of Jesus. This response is central to our faith, and is also central to every Australian Catholic school’s identity.

Our response to the complex issues and situations we and our students will face as people of faith, must be rooted in love and a deep respect for human dignity. This service has long been understood as an integral aspect of living our faith.

How we serve, is exceedingly important.

International non-government organisations who work in the field of international aid and development work, like Caritas, are constantly evaluating their approach to development in line with best practice research. We are challenged to daily review how we can continually improve the way that we work to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

The call to work for justice, in humility and solidarity, energises us to reach towards high standards of practice, and a commitment to reflect on this practice. 

Now, more than ever, students, teachers and schools are becoming increasingly engaged global citizens through robust global education curriculum in schools.  In addition, there are many opportunities to travel to communities in developing countries. 

For educators, creating service experiences that offer something more than simply providing a helping hand is challenging.  The manner in which we undertake these activities impacts on the educational outcomes and goals for our students and schools. It is also paramount to recognise how we honour the dignity of our brothers and sisters around the world who are living in poverty, and with whom we stand in solidarity.

local labour
Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion is to take off our shoes, as the place we are approaching is holy: else we may find ourselves treading on someone's dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival."
Max Warren, Maryknoll 1987

Next: How to use this resource