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The Cagliero Project

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The Cagliero Project

The Cagliero Project gives Australians an opportunity to devote six to twelve months in volunteer service to youth in overseas Salesian communities. The Salesians are known for their work with vulnerable and disadvantaged youth; therefore our volunteers are placed in projects such as schools, youth centres and orphanages.


Our aim is not to simply ‘help’ but to walk in solidarity with young people and for the volunteer and host to have a mutual learning experience. We seek to utilise the skills and talents of our volunteers in order to provide the best possible contribution to the host community.


We are also present in host communities to be role models, people that young people can aspire to be. Cagliero volunteers commit themselves to working in the ‘Salesian way’. 


This means that young people are the central focus in all work. The Salesian way also means approaching life in a joyful way with a loving heart. The experience as a Cagliero volunteer is not about the volunteer but is focused on the people we go to serve. 


However, serving as a Cagliero volunteer will probably be the most rewarding thing you ever do!

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide opportunities for Australian volunteers to use their personal gifts to contribute to overseas mission communities and to participate in the mission of Don Bosco which is to minister to young people, especially the poor and disadvantaged and guide them towards becoming good Christians and honest citizens.

Our Mission

The Cagliero Project is an initiative of the Australia-Pacific Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, providing overseas volunteer experiences for Australians who wish to work with disadvantaged young people. 


The Cagliero Project incorporates the values of Salesian Voluntary Service: a preferential love for the poor, a focus on education and a lived family spirit. Cagliero volunteers commit to working in Salesian communities in the way of Don Bosco with a spirit of joyful, loving and selfless service.

Aims and Objectives

The Cagliero Project seeks to fulfil a number of aims and objectives in relation to volunteers, recipient communities and the Salesian Family.


  • Provide long term meaningful volunteer experiences working with disadvantaged young people in a Salesian setting

  • Offer quality placements that match the skill set and talents of the volunteer

  • Encourage personal and spiritual development opportunities

  • Provide Salesian and cross cultural formation before, during and after the volunteer experience

  • Provide a high level of supervision and support


  • Provide overseas Salesian communities with skilled volunteers who can productively contribute to their mission

  • Support Salesian communities in their mission to empower young people and guide them to be good Christians and honest citizens

  • Assist Salesian communities with working towards self-sustainability

  • Provide positive role models, committed to the Salesian charism, to influence the local young people

Salesian Family

- Provide experiences to young people to introduce them to mission life within a Salesian context

- Build relationships with SDB and FMA mission communities in the East Asia Oceania Region and the Salesian world at large

- Assist Salesian communities with working towards self-sustainability

- Liaise and network with other Salesian volunteer programs