Here are the profiles of two of the candidates from East Gippsland Shire Council who are going to Asia.
As an active member of the community, Meg volunteers with Mallacoota Aged Care Inc, Mallacoota Pony Club, Save Bastion Point group and many other small community groups.With a keen interest in interest in global issues and religions of the world, she is studying International Studies at Deakin, majoring in International Relations.
Meg is excited about the amazing opportunity to experience Asia and hopes to discover more about our neighbouring nations, gain perspective on relationships with Australia and immerse herself in another culture.
“It is absolutely an amazing once in a lifetime experience. Not only will this experience assist my studies, I am also excited to be able to experience a completely different culture. Every time I travel I learn more about myself and the world, and I feel as though volunteering for an extended period of time will teach me three times as much!” said Meg.
Meg wants to act as an ambassador for other young people in regional and rural areas to ensure that councils continue to invest in opportunities that provide promote the benefits of global citizenship as well as the importance of engaging with our Asia neighbours.
“Many young people within East Gippsland are not exposed to a very large range of people, cultures and nationalities. In the years to come, the influence of Asian countries over the geo-political sphere will mean that Australia's involvement with Asian nations will only grow. By having young Australians experience Asian culture it will further develop understanding of our closest neighbours.”
“When I return home from the volunteering placement I hope to be able to share my experiences and promote the benefits of volunteering overseas to other young people in our community.”
Tammy has always had a passion for social justice, the environment and community development. As a Faith and Ministry Captain at Nagle College she assisted in organising the school’s Homeless Sleep-out, is an active member of the Nagle College Youth Group and volunteers with Eagle Point Landcare.
With a goal to work in the United Nations or Non-Government Organisation assisting in the social and economic development of countries, Tammy is very grateful to the East Gippsland Shire Council for the opportunity to experience Asia, the culture of our region and to make a difference.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity to learn about another country in many ways, like their health and education system, culture and physical environment,” said Tammy. “I have always had a passion for fighting injustices in our world and obtaining a better understanding of the world outside of our community and I believe this is an opportunity for me make a difference in a big way.”
Tammy is looking forward to immersing herself in a different culture, making lifelong friendships and sharing her experience with her peers upon her return to East Gippsland: “I can bring back my experiences and share the things I have learnt, whilst also urging other young people to contribute within their community but also consider undertaking one of the many immersion opportunities offered to them.”
Thank you for your continued support of the National Scholarship Program, Australia. Without you opportunities like these wouldn't be available to these young scholars.
The Charitable Trust
Recently one of our scholars Brydie Akers, from Queensland, Australia, completed her volunteering experience with GVI at our Nepal hub as one of our Child Care volunteers. We asked her to complete a questionnaire on her time at the project. Here is what she had to say:
How did the National Scholarship Program help you?
NSP gave me this opportunity to come to Nepal and I’ve been so grateful for all the help and support they’ve given me. I won a scholarship to volunteer with GVI f in December 2013 and since winning that they’ve always been so easy to talk to about any quires that I had. I felt so prepared that I wasn't anywhere as nervous as I thought I would be. I was put in touch with other people traveling to Nepal or that had also won the scholarship so I had multitudes of people to talk to at any time.
What were the main highlights working with GVI?
The best part about working with GVI is that you can experience the culture of the country while still seeing the differences that your input makes. The festivals here in Nepal have been a great highlight so far and also meeting all the amazing people who come and just want to help in any way that they can.
What challenges were you presented with when working out in the field?
Some days when you can’t get to project because there is a strike or even when the walks to project take a bit longer because there are buffalo on the path/road, you really realise where you are. Even with all the disruption from holidays/festivals every week and also people always being late, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. When you’re having a tough day and nothing seems to be going right, just seeing the kids puts a smile on my face.
What was your proudest accomplishment when working for GVI?
One of the things I do at the Street Boys home is do one on one work with a boy called Ramesh. I’ve created an activities book for him to help him catch up at school. In the book we cover all types of things; fractions, spelling, odd things out, drawing, comprehension. All things that will help improve general school life as well as helping him get the best opportunities that he can. I’ve been working with him since September and have seen such an improvement already. One thing we're trying really hard at improving for Ramesh (and even some of the other boys) is to sound out words they don’t know rather than just reading the letters. They aren't taught phonetics at school so it's something we are slowly trying to implement to help them along.
Thank you for supporting this project and making experiences like Brydie's possible for disadvantaged Australians.
All the best
GVI Charitable Trust
Through the Council Scholarships we announced in our last report, I'm excited to bring you news that two scholars have been chosen! Both girls have been offered a scholarship on a Marine coastal expedition in Thailand.
Our first scholar is Meg:
I have volunteered with both the Mallacoota Pony Club, instructing and also the Mallacoota Aged Care with both the elderly citizens and with fund raising. I got my dive license at 12, however have been snorkeling since I could swim. Most of my dive experience is on hooker, as I have little access to Scuba equipment, however I have done about 10 logged dives on scuba.I have a lot of respect for the ocean, and along with diving I enjoy fishing. Both my hobbies have led to me having a passion for marine conservation. My interests are in international politics and the environment, and am currently studying International Studies at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria.
Our second scholar is Tammy, a student interested in total LandCare,a community based and government supported approach to the sustainable management and use of agricultural natural resources and school activities aimed at social justice issues.
We look forward to bringing more news about how these scholars get on!
Thank you for supporting this project.
Exciting news! Two $3,000 scholarships are being offered to 18-20 year olds by the East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Young People Without Borders, to support young East Gippsland residents wanting to participate in an incredible Asia Pacific volunteer placement in 2015.
The scholarships are an investment by the community, for the community which give otherwise inaccessible opportunities to local young people to engage in our Asian region.
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, who is a huge supporter of young people expanding their horizons through travel, said the East Gippsland Shire Council is proud to support and engage young people from the community to access these immersive YPWB placements in Asia.
”Enriching experiences in our region will support the development of the type of global citizens and intercultural leadership and understanding our community will need in the future and I encourage all young people to apply,” Cr Reeves said.
Thank you for continuing to support this project!
From our previous reports, we have told you all about our great partnership with the Federation of Young Australians organisation on Young People Without Borders (YPWB). YPWB creates pathways and opportunities for young Australians to experience and become immersed in the Asian region. YPWB wants all young Australians to be confident global citizens, and as we move into the “Asian Century”, the role of Asian economies, culture and people are increasingly important. FYA believes there will be lots of amazing opportunities to be part of this really exciting time in history, but in order to capture those opportunities, young Australians need to know about Asia (the many languages, cultures and histories) and share Australian culture with young people in the region.
Working with local councils, GVI Charitable Trust & YPWB are offering young people (18-20 years old) the opportunity to live and work in Asia as part of a immersive gap year after high school.
An example of this: East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Young People Without Borders and Global Vision International, have exclusive scholarships of $3,000 for two young people of East Gippsland to undertake a volunteer placement with GVI in Asia in 2015!
This is a very exciting time for this program and could only be possible with your support and donations to fund these scholarships.
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