During the April holidays, Fouhy took up the opportunity to join a group of volunteers destined for Indonesia, as part of the annual Volunteer La Salle Indonesia programme – run by the Lasallian Brothers.

Open to teachers, classroom aides and students aged over 18, the programme aims to make a difference in the daily lives of disadvantaged primary school students and orphans in Jakarta.

For the Auckland-based teacher, it has been a chance to see Indonesia, experience a different culture, meet like-minded people, while giving back.

“Wonderfulness is happening there,” Fouhy says.

“As a volunteer, we spend time with the primary kids, aged five through to eleven years old, teaching them English – of which they already have a good grasp of - and giving them a very general immersion experience into a different culture.”

The volunteers also escort the children on some excursions around Jakarta, as well as contribute to their school concert, Fouhy adds.

Under the leadership of its dedicated principal Mimi Taher, St Antony's School has grown phenomenally over the past decade to now boast an enrolment of nearly 300 students and 30 staff.

The school has a proud commitment to serving students from lower socio-economic backgrounds who pay modest fees to access a Lasallian education.

Mekar Lestari Orphanage, owned by the Missionary of the Sacred Heart Congregation, is separate deal, Fouhy says, where volunteers can build important relationships with the approximately 60 orphans.

“The volunteers take on a babysitting, fun-time or mentoring role each evening.”

During the two weeks in Jakarta, while teaching the little ones some English, Fouhy has attempted to learn some of the Indonesian language, she adds.

The overwhelming feeling Fouhy has been left with however, is how totally fortunate New Zealanders are with their lives and living situations.  

Fouhy highly recommends the programme for teachers and non-teaching staff alike, and says the reward of seeing the children flourish is unmatched.

Not only are the children benefitting from education, and feeling valued, but volunteers grow from being able to give back to the community.

Lasallian Volunteer programmes operate in many parts of the world with a connection to the De La Salle Brothers, including short-term programmes, allowing volunteers to help at schools and orphanages in Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.

The PNG programme also provides volunteers with an opportunity to promote Youth Ministry in four Lasallian schools in the country.