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WelCom February 2019:

Invitation to join the Challenge 2000 Marist Internship and Development Year

Kitty McKinley

2018 Gap and Intern participants at their graduation ceremony in Wellington late last year, (l-r):Aaron Itinteang, Savesi Apolo, Rimu Goodisson, Aidan Ritchie, Fiona Roberts, Gabrielle Lawson, Melehina Kilino-Lapana, Pelasio Iaseto-filo and Olano Afutoto. Photo: Supplied

Challenge 2000 and The Society of Mary is a Youth and Community development Trust. It offers an intensive training programme and employment opportunities that develops leaders and graduates to prepare for a servant leadership role in our church, community and country.

We have places available in our 2019 programme and invite applications from young people interested in joining us.

The nine-month programme begins on February 18, 2019, and involves a wide range of learning, career, social service, personal development and ministry opportunities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and sometimes overseas.

Our programme is ‘individualised’ for each participant and takes place within a community of other young people who share a dream of a better and transformed world.

Some 60 young people from New Zealand and overseas have already enjoyed this amazing experience. There are no costs associated with the programme and participants are provided with a stipend. One of the best aspects about the Gap Year is that young people support and serve other young people in a range of contexts. Everyone walks away better for the experience.

Some comments from programme participants.

“The Challenge Marist Year really challenged me to open my eyes and reflect on what is happening in our country and what we can do about the injustices and challenges that face so many.” – Michelle

“My placement at Outward Bound was a highlight of the programme for me. It was like everything came together. I am now more motivated and confident about what I want to do in the future AND I am sure that I can handle the challenges that come my way.” – Lano

“After finishing my degree at Otago I was a little uncertain what path to take. Choosing this internship expanded my world view and the opportunities I was given were mind blowing and life changing. I learnt so much walking alongside young people with very different stories. I highly recommend this programme and promise it will wildly exceed your expectations!” – Gabe

If you would like further information about the 2019 Internship and Development Year starting in February, then call Kitty on 021491459 or Damian 0211935426. Call us now, we’d love to hear from you.