Montanna has recently returned from a life-changing 3 months visiting 3 of GVI's projects in Asia. She spent time in Fiji, Thailand and Nepal, with a focus on marine conservation.
This is what Montanna had to say before she left for Asia:
"I have a passion for travelling, learning and experiencing new things! I have not yet had the chance to venture out of Australia so I am beyond excited and grateful to have the opportuntity to volunteer in Aisa with the help from FYA and the GVI Charitable Trust Scholarship I received! I love the outdoors and wish to sustain it as much as possible whihc is why I have chosen to do conservation volunteering! I believe it is so important to take good care of our earth and to educate others about environmental issues."
And this is what she had to say about her experience:
Why did you join the Foundation for Young Australians/ GVI scholarship program?
I wanted to gain a greater understanding of the different cultures across Asia and feel a sense of achievement by seeing the actual progress being made as a result of my volunteer efforts. My expectations have been met, plus more!
Tell us a bit about daily life on a GVI project.
Daily life was living with other volunteers from all over the world, like one big family. All helping each other out and working as a team on the projects to ensure that we collectively achieved the best possible outcome.
Highlights were seeing the progress on each project, being immersed in the culture and meeting so many wonderful people.
What skills have you learnt?
I have come away with more patience, understanding, and a much more open mind and more aware of the world around me. I have also learnt a lot about leadership and how to take the initiative. Also, I have learnt a lot about teaching and construction, advanced diving and marine conservation skills.
What will you be doing when you return to Australia?
I will be starting my degree in science.
What was the highlight of your trip?
Being immersed in so many different cultures and environments and learning about them all. It has really broadened my outlook on life!
Thank you for your support which makes opportunities like this possible.
The GVI Charitable Trust