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Fatumaca Novitiate and Technical School

Fatumaca, Timor-Leste

The Salesians of Don Bosco have been in Fatumaca since 1964. It is an incredible place that has many different activities taking place – it is almost like a small city unto itself. In addition to the novitiate and technical school, Fatumaca is also home to the aspirants, a vibrant parish and a primary school. Their commitment towards sustainability is very impressive and there is a fully functioning farm that supports all facets of the community.

The Novitiate is a place where young men continue to depth their relationship with God and discern if they are called to a life as a Salesian of Don Bosco. These young men come to Fatumaca for further training after spending one year in Los Palos. They continue to be educated and develop their skills. One of the key aspects of their education is further studies in English. Cagliero volunteers are crucial to assisting in this area.

At Don Bosco Technical School approximately 250 students have the opportunity to specialise in construction, mechanical, electrical installation and electronic communications. Each year there are more than 400 applicants for less than 100 places. It provides a comprehensive education with skills that lead to employment for many of the graduates.

Timor Leste is a new venture for the Cagliero Project and we look forward to supporting them with volunteers from diverse backgrounds. The Cagliero volunteers will primarily engage with the novices however there are also other opportunities to engage with the other areas of the community. Volunteers needed for this placement include professional teachers, youth workers, social workers and tertiary students from areas such as education and development.

Fatumaca needs volunteers to work in the following areas:

  • teaching English as a second language (ESL) to the novices
  • conducting afterschool tutoring sessions and evening activities
  • teaching technical skills in construction, mechanics and electronics
  • participating in oratory and parish activities with the local young people