FORMER Shenton College student Bianca Meumann (21) remembers being a youth delegate to the United Nations Youth Australia project in East Timor in 2012.
“It was an eye-opener,” Ms Meumann said. “I had already been volunteering with UN Youth Australia and had done a lot of things with them.”
Before her two-week trip to the developing nation, she appeared in the Western Suburbs Weekly.
“My mum still has it on the fridge,” Ms Meumann said.
In Timor, the UN took her and 10 other students from all states on a tour from the capital Dili, and they taught English in a township for four days.
The trip had its effects. “Conceptually you always know poverty exists, but actually seeing it is eye-opening,” Ms Meumann said.
She has continued volunteering, including organising the UN Youth Australia high school debate last year.
Social media allows her to stay in contact with some of the Timorese and fellow students she met on that trip.
Going to university brought about a move to the University of Sydney in 2013. She has been studying psychology as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree and working at the Lyric Theatre.
The studies and her planned career continue to reflect some of the issues dealt with by the UN in Australia.
“I’m hoping to do clinical psychology or social work with a Masters degree and eventually work in the area of indigenous or migrant mental health care,” Ms Meumann said.