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The Programme Bridge Builders supports Marist collaboration

04/03/2019: Australia

Bridge Builders programme of the Province of Australia promotes national and international collaboration and volunteerism. This project is open to young people, adults or retirees, who identify with the Marist mission and wish to join the work, for short or long.

To apply, the volunteer aspirant - with a teacher's degree and any other profession - has to present his application to the Bridge Builders program of Australia, and once accepted, he will be sent an invitation from one of the places with a Marist presence that needs collaborators.

Among the communities requiring volunteers are: the "Fratelli Project" in Lebanon; "Lavalla200>", present in Brazil, Cuba, the United States, Romania, Italy, South Africa and Australia. And "New Horizons”, in Vietnam.

“There are many opportunities to be involved in Marist mission nationally or internationally. After recently completing seven years as the director of the secretariat Collaboration for mission, international (Cmi), I still have useful international connections. The Provincial has created a desk for me to manage this, named Collaboration and Volunteering", says Br. Chris Wills, who worked at the General House and is now promoting this project in Australia.

Bridge Builders is a service to the four Marist ministries, Marist Schools Australia, Marist Youth Ministry, Australian Marist Solidarity and Marist180 and, and, through the Association of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, also to all Marists.

The work of the Province of Australia refers to the performance that – on the Institute level – is developed by the department of Collaboration for Mission, International (Cmi).  That Department works with the General Council in the development and accompaniment of projects and initiatives which respond to the calls of the General Chapter appealing to global availability, intercultural living, and collaboration at all levels of the Institute.

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