School Street Retreat Program is a short (8hr to 48hr) experiential retreat program
that gives senior students the opportunity to meet homeless people and work alongside
volunteers from Rebeccas Community.
The retreats are conducted in Sydney. Students or schools typically make a donation of $100 or more per student. A limited number of retreats are run each year, with a preference of no more than 10 students per retreat.
As each school comes
with different retreat objectives, Sydney Homeless Street Retreat programs are tailored for each
Typically though, all Street Retreat programs are
structured from an experiential learning perspective, giving students adequate
space to prepare and be introduced to an experience, conduct the experiential
activity, then reflect and debrief the activity.
10 students from St. Joseph's College Hunters Hill with Gish during their
street retreat with Rebeccas Community - part of 'ministry week' at Marist College.
retreats are co-facilitated by staff from Rebeccas Community and homeless people
What sets the experience apart as a truly memorable
and often life changing experience is the opportunity for students to give personally.
The retreat builds to the final activity where students are able to work alongside
volunteers from Rebeccas Community in a highly interactive way with homeless people.
the right preparation and support, young people are capable of making a real contribution
to other people's lives, not just handing out food or participating in token activities.
schools founded or operated by religious orders we can include reflection on the
life and faith of the founding saint and the order's charisms.
preference is to provide several retreats for one school, rather than several
retreats for several schools as teachers who accompany the students on a number
of retreats often become known by the homeless. This makes for a warmer welcome
for the teacher and their next group of students.
of Rebeccas Community has facilitated street retreats for hundreds of students
from several schools (in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria) ranging from
groups of 6 to 26 students.
Some comments from Street Retreat
- "A huge reality check which broadens
the spectrum of our everyday lives."
any mind set / naieve stereotypical perceptions about the forgotten people of our
- "A lot of fun, were treated like adults."
of everyday people like you and me caught in a bad situation."
confrontation of what we thought as a fantasy existed only in the media."
people from different backgrounds and hear their stories."
that homelessness isn't just a lack of shelter but also a lack of social interaction."
down barriers between social classes. A paradigm shift."
- "Once in a lifetime experience."
us a realistic view of the world and the people in it."
more information about the Street Retreat Program please contact us.