Leavers wanted for Laos ad­ven­ture

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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, petrorec­chia@primus.com.au or visit the Leavers to Laos 2016 Face­book page.

Par­tic­i­pants in the 2015 Leavers to Laos lay con­crete dur­ing their visit last De­cem­ber.

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