Salma lives with her husband and two children in Bangladesh. Photo: Ashish Peter Gomes/Caritas Australia

Just Visiting

A guide developed in the spirit of reflective practice using Catholic Social Teaching principles as a framework.


How to Use this Resource

'Just Visiting' is designed to support, enrich and inspire you and your colleagues in your global and local social justice education journey. It can be used as a tool by individuals, at a staff or executive leadership meeting, or as a group responsible for the service learning program in your school.

You can use this resource in its entirety or select one module to work through as a stimulus and reflection exercise. You may be at the very beginning of journey of envisaging an experience for your school community, or at a point of review and reflection.



We work in partnership with communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Partnership ultimately aims to achieve sustainable impact and social transformation for the marginalised.

Change can best be brought about when relationships among members are governed by the values of genuine partnership. Partnership goes beyond financial arrangement and into the very core of our values as a Christian humanitarian network.

Our Partnership values and principles stem from the Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic Social Teaching can be a powerful tool to assess social realities in the light of the gospel. It can help us apply our core beliefs in our relationships and interactions with each other. It is therefore an essential framework for a student immersion.

The four core principles of Catholic Social Teaching are: The Dignity of the Human Person, The Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity.  Out of these flow the principles of the Preferential Option for the Poor, Participation, Economic Justice and Care for our Common Home, among others. These principles are responsive to particular social issues such as poverty and inequality, the right to work, and environmental degradation.


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Dignity of the Human Person

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Subsidiarity and Participation

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The Common Good

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Care for our Common Home

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Preferential Option for the Poor

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"I grew up in Alice Springs, so it was interesting taking a group of students to be ‘tourists’ in a place that was my home. I saw the same thing but with different eyes. I realised that without proper preparation our students wouldn’t be clear about why they came here."


Secondary School Teacher