Leavers wanted for Laos adventure
BELMONT’S class of 2016 school leavers are being encouraged to take part in a leavers experience with a difference by helping people in Laos, one of the poorest developing countries in South-East Asia.
The Rotary Club of Belmont’s New Generation director Petro Recchia said it was calling for Year 12 students to volunteer, in partnership with the Global Hands Charity, to take part in an unforgettable 10-day experience in December.
“For the past two years, we have taken 10 to 12 young people to Laos,” Ms Recchia said. “Not only do they have to immerse themselves in the new culture, language and new cuisine but they also develop an acute awareness that less is best and that designer shoes do not matter when you are knee deep in mud or cement.”
Some of the jobs include levelling ground, mixing and pouring concrete, painting schools and fixing gardens.
“They also learn skills like cooking nutritious meals on outdoor fires and sign language to communicate with students from a deaf mute school,” Ms Recchia said.
Brooke Thompson took part in the 2014 tour, was the student leader last year and said the visits had changed her life.
“Not only did I make lifelong friends and help the people of Luang Prabang, I also found myself and my purpose in life,” she said.
“I now wish to study medicine and help charities such as the Global Hands.
“Without the members of Rotary Belmont, this trip would not have happened for me and my perspective that life is a gift to help others would have never been fully formed.”
Find out more on 0404 033 916, email@example.com or visit the Leavers to Laos 2016 Facebook page.
Participants in the 2015 Leavers to Laos lay concrete during their visit last December.