Students report back on the service trip taken to St Petersburg, Russia over the term break.
Trips like these give students the chance to experience a variety of cultures, and learn about people from backgrounds substantially different than their own. They normally combine cultural and service elements.
Amin (Alpina, Year 12): "For me, this trip enabled me to see a new country that was fascinating. The architecture and cultural knowledge I gained was absolutely fantastic and an experience to remember. Having seen the beautiful city we also got an insight on quite controversial circumstances such as the orphanages we visited. This helped me develop as a human being and really reminded me how lucky we are to be the way we are, and that our tiny issues that we complain about are nothing compared to what these people have to deal with on a daily basis. The trip overall was absolutely incredible and I want to go back again, the city itself is breathtaking."
Suha (Clairmont, Year 12): "By seeing the conditions that many people live in, such as the orphans and the kids whose parents passed away from cancer, I realised how privileged we are and how many opportunities we have that many people don't. I learned to appreciate what I have more. It opened my eyes to another perspective."
Senik (Alpina, Year 12): "I have been to St Petersburg in the past however I saw it from a different perspective this time. Visiting the orphanage and the centre for people with special needs was an eye-opening experience. Something that really made me happy was the fact that the people in both of the places we visited were satisfied with their current situations. The cultural part of the trip was also a really nice experience, the museums were full of priceless items and the city itself is beautiful."