Sr Len Montiel
Leonor Montiel is a Maryknoll Sister based in Cambodia. Sister Len is the director of ‘Seedlings of Hope’, a Caritas Australia supported program that supports children and adults affected by HIV/AIDS. Sister Len brings diverse knowledge and insights from her qualifications in Communications and Social Work, and her years of experience working with youth to develop critical thinking, leadership skills and social consciousness. Sister Len has hosted many groups of teachers, students and individuals on immersion visits in Cambodia and is looking forward to sharing her hopes for increased solidarity in the area of student immersion programs.
About Sr Len's Keynote:
Service Learning? How about calling it Learning Service? It is an experience of service but it is mostly learning for the students. Putting the emphasis on learning, rather on service, provides a different stance for the students and the receiving communities. Putting emphasis on the role of the students as learner rather than providers of service, and of the communities as the 'educators' rather than the receivers of service, offers a look on the power dynamics at play in service/charity/justice/development work, especially between citizens of developing and developed nations.