Tim’s UN post
Chairo Christian School, Drouin student Tim van Praag has been selected for the delegate to the Pacific Project to East Timor this year.
Each year UN Youth selects 12 outstanding high school students from across Australia to travel to East Timor to spend two weeks engaging in educational workshops, attending consultations, and travelling throughout TimorLeste.
Tim said he applied to be part of the delegation last year after encouragement from a teacher.
“A teacher at school showed me and said I might be interested,” he said. “Initially I didn’t get in, I just missed out. “But someone pulled out of the delegation and they said we want you to go.
“So now that I’m on it, I’m looking forward to it.”
As part of the delegation, Tim will collaborate with bright young people from across Australia, all with a similar passion for developing their communities.
Outside of school Tim has been involved in public speaking and debating, along with events such as the Lions Youth of the Year competition and the annual United Nations Evatt competition.
Tim also leads a group of year seven boys at his church’s youth group.
During the trip, Tim will explore the culture of Timor-Leste and how this influences people and the history of the country.
Tim will hope to gain tools to engage with key issues the country faces, and how meaningful change can be created.
He will meet and engage with UN bodies, international NGOs, Australian and foreign government projects and community organisations, providing critical insight into the importance of different groups in East Timor and the way in which these groups can affect the development of Timorese society.
Previous UN Youth delegates have gone on to play key roles in community groups and youth organisations, and describe their participation in UN Youth’s programs as one of the most influential experiences of their lives.
Tim said the trip came with a substantial registration fee of $6350, and while he will have some support from family and friends, he hoped to call on members of the community to sponsor him.
People interested in sponsoring Tim can visit the website www.youcaring.com/timvanpraag743692.
Tim van Praag will embark on charity work in East Timor in July through the United Nations’ Delegate to Pacific Project.