Building Relationships: Facilitating Cultural Inclusivity Through Christian Service-Learning Immersion Programs

Service-Learning

ISBN: 978-1-78714-185-8, eISBN: 978-1-78714-184-1

ISSN: 1479-3636

Publication date: 15 November 2017

Abstract

The Beagle Bay Immersion Program is a Christian Service-Learning experience, which facilitates opportunities for secondary school students to experience unique expressions of cultural diversity found in remote Aboriginal communities of Western Australia. Through engagement in the program, students undergo a process of experiential learning, identifying core social justice issues present in a broader Australian social context, and helping to address identified community needs. This immersion program is conducted as part of the Christian Service-Learning Program at a Perth-based Catholic Secondary College in Western Australia. The Beagle Bay Immersion Program serves as an opportunity for students to engage in acts of discipleship, modeling values of social and cultural inclusivity as a means of enriching their own communities. Underpinned by core Gospel values, the program aims to actively promote a “spirit of solidarity and service to others” (Prendiville, 2016, p. 42) both among the immediate participants and the wider school community. Presented in this chapter is an examination of the values which guide the College’s Service-Learning Program and the ways in which the Beagle Bay Immersion Program facilitates attitudes of inclusivity by exposing students to diverse populations. Christian Service-Learning can serve as a means through which students can circumvent barriers that preclude exposure to diversity. The Beagle Bay Immersion Program seeks to build relationships through service, which benefit both the College and Beagle Bay Communities, providing students opportunities for personal, spiritual, and academic growth while fostering a culture of inclusion.

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Devlin, P. and Warner, P. (2017), "Building Relationships: Facilitating Cultural Inclusivity Through Christian Service-Learning Immersion Programs", Service-Learning (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 175-191. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-363620170000012012

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