Jessica’s off to commute by canoe
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.
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