Jessica’s off to com­mute by ca­noe

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Ryan Mathe­son

ECO-AD­VEN­TURER: Jessica Arm­strong has vol­un­teered for com­mu­nity work in Ecuador T O WNS V I L L E s t u d e n t Jessica Arm­strong will t r a d e i n h e r b e l o v e d Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle for a hand-crafted ca­noe when she em­barks on a whirlwi n d v o l u n t e e r i n g e x - pedi­tion in the heart of South Amer­ica.

The 19-year-old is set to take part in a Vol­un­teer E c o S t u d e n t s A b r o a d ( VESA) pro­gram aimed at help­ing the in­dige­nous peo­ple of re­mote vil­lages in Ecuador.

She will be one of a num­ber of vol­un­teers who will com­plete a two-week tour do­ing hands-on work.

The trav­el­ling teenager will use a ca­noe as her mode of trans­port to carry out com­mu­nity work with vil­lagers l i ving i n pre­vi­ously in­ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas.

Ms Arm­strong said the trip was set to pro­vide a host of ben­e­fits.

‘‘ I have al­ways wanted to travel and I thought this way I could help some­one else at the same time,’’ she said.

Ms Arm­strong is study­ing ad­vanced marine bi­ol­ogy at James Cook Univer­sity.

She is also hop­ing to raise money for the trip.

Do­na­tions can be made by c o n t a c t i n g h e r a t j e s s i c a . a r m s t r o n g 1 @ my. jcu. edu. au.

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