Each group can choose their own program and term of stay. Volunteers at the Colle Don Bosco support them in any way possible to make their holidays a great experience. “Leisure time is always important for young people,” says Fr Johannes Kaufmann, responsible for youth ministry in the German Salesian province. “And we have the possibility here to bring the life story of Don Bosco, his ideas and accomplishments closer to the young people.”
At Valdocco the participants can visit Don Bosco’s first oratory. They can have a scavenger hunt in Turin and discover its sights. A Chieri tour, where Don Bosco went to school and became a priest, is also on the program. And there is the Colle Don Bosco itself with its basilica and the house, in which Don Bosco grew up. And of course, there are plenty of possibilities for leisure time, like hiking or playing cards.
“I will keep everything in good memory,” says Sylvia from Chemnitz. “And it opened a new path for me to the life and work of Don Bosco.”