Overseas Action Program Team Leaders!
- Alice Johnson, OAP Manager
It is that time of year again! We currently have a strong team of incredible individuals leading 28 young volunteers on OA programs in Peru and Kenya. Allow me to introduce you to these five amazing and inspiring individuals.
Cambodia OAP January - March 2011
- Melissa Roberts, Assistant Team Leader
From January to March a number of incredible volunteers spent time in Cambodia working with World Youth International's partner organisation, This Life Cambodia. Assistant Team Leader Melissa Roberts shares her experience.
I feel extremely lucky to have shared such a journey with some amazing people doing some amazing things in the beautiful country of Cambodia. Click here for the rest of Melissa's story.
Sapana Dreaming Children's Home Update
- Ann Hoey, Nepal Child Sponsorship Coordinator
I have recently received information from the school that 17 students in year 10 have passed their SLC (Senior Leaving Certificate) securing first division. It is the third year in a row that all our students have passed at this level which shows the commitment of the teachers and especially our students in obtaining the highest possible marks.
I would like to thank all the sponsors. Some of the young people may decide to go on to further studies at different colleges to complete 'Plus 2' of their studies. Currently in Nepal, high school completes at year 10. Our school is considering extending to 'Plus 2' in the future but this will take several years to implement. Please click here to read more about how you can become involved with children's sponsorship in Nepal.
Fred Mito is coming to Australia!
After 16 years of service to World Youth International Australia in Kenya, Fred Mito is finally coming to Australia to join us on our Personal Empowerment Program (PEP) in August. Fred's knowledge, passion and commitment to improving the lives of others through sustainable development is a true indication of his selflessness and generosity. Fred has provided constant support to volunteers and staff and he is much loved by all who know him.
World Youth International is incredibly privileged to be working alongside such an amazing person and we are looking forward to welcoming Fred to Australia and to give him the opportunity to participate at PEP. The PEP weekend will be held in Adelaide from August 13th - 16th.
As well as participating at PEP we would love to give Fred the opportunity to travel to other states. The cost to bring Fred to Australia is around $4000 and in order to GET FRED TO AUSTRALIA we need your help!
Donations can be made to:
World Youth International - Fundraising account
BSB: 105 008
Account: 087 671 640
Any contribution you could make would be greatly appreciated.
New Overseas Service Program Coordinator
- Farewell from Ally Wells
After 18 months in the World Youth International office, it is time for me to move on. I will be heading to Cambodia to work with This Life Cambodia as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here with WYI and know that this is not goodbye! WYI has been such a big, wonderful part of my life, and I look forward to seeing what this incredible organisation can achieve in the future.
I would like to introduce you all to the new OSP Coordinator, Miss Francesca Trott.
"My name is Francesca Trott and I am the new Overseas Service Program Coordinator here at World Youth International. My involvement with World Youth International began in 2008 when I went to Nepal on an Overseas Action Program. This immersion in Nepali culture combined with the opportunity to share this experience with like minded individuals changed my life and left a lasting impression on me. My involvement with the organisation has continued through my attendance at the 2010 Personal Empowerment Program and, more recently, my role as assistant team leader on the Peru Overseas Action Program from November 2010 to February 2011 - both experiences that I LOVED and which taught me so much. I am so excited to be taking on this role and working in a field about which I am so passionate."
Primary Teacher Training in Nepal
- Sanjaya Tripathee
A 7 day training program for primary school teachers, sponsored by World Youth International Australia, was organised from June 19-25 2011 at Jaishithok-2 Kabhrepalanchok (a rural area), Nepal. In total, 21 participants attended in total - 8 females and 13 males.
Click here to read more about the training program.
Woman with Altitude
- Ellie Bradbeer, OSP participant, Peru
Overseas Service Program participant, Ellie recounts her first days in Cusco.
"Do you think altitude can elongate time as well? I cannot quite grasp the fact that I have been here only three days.
Without ever being in a rush, so much seems to have happened. Time feels thick somehow - like a distance travelled in water. Perhaps it is that walking up the street is still an event, still bung full of interest and difference: a child with dark eyes, woolen hat and red rusted cheeks peering through the folds of multi coloured cloth; a matty haired dog and a near miss with a bouncing car; an impromptu party on the steps of the church silhouetted figures pulsing as one; the thunder clap of fireworks so loud it sounds as if the city has fallen over, parades of dancers twirling skirts into rainbows, bundled up beggars small, crooked and plaintive, street stalls offering up jumpers, rugs, scissors, knives, pictures and puppets! And then, above it all jutting clay roofs and an unsettled green sea of mountains..."
To read more of Ellie's story, click here.
Remembering Peter Schodde
Peter Schodde, husband of Lyn, and father of Susan and James, passed away on 31st of May 2011, after battling bravely with cancer for some months.
He was always a great support to Lyn with her commitment to World Youth, and her endeavours to raise money for Sapana Dreaming Childrens' Home in Nepal.
Peter's outstanding career was in Science Education, where his influence became both state and nationwide.
He worked as a curriculum developer, public examiner, assessment moderator and author of student texts, which influenced all chemistry students in South Australian Secondary Schools.
He was an outstanding sportsman, playing football, cricket, tennis and golf.
He also studied piano from the age of six, and throughout his life performed many concerts, including soloist with the South Australian Symphony Orchestra.
He was a man of honesty, integrity, loyalty and dedication, and he will be sadly missed by many.
Step Out SA
After weeks of planning and hard work, Friday July 8th was a day of much excitement and anticipation for the Step Out South Australia team. Nearly two hundred people flocked to the Unley Town Hall in support of Step Out South Australia's long awaited first event, Picture This; a photography exhibition showcasing some incredible photographs taken by past World Youth International participants on their programs. Guests enjoyed scrumptious canapés, some generously donated wine and the amazing tunes of Local Revolution - playing for peace, love and unity - as they browsed the pictures.
Although the final tally is yet to be confirmed, the night was a great success which well and truly exceeded our expectations for our first event. All funds raised will contribute to World Youth International's pilot program to send young Indigenous Australians with demonstrated leadership skills on Overseas Action Programs. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and all those who attended and provided support on the night and in the lead up to the event - we couldn't have done it without you. Finally, a big congrats and much love to the amazing SA Step Out team for a cracker of a first event - looking forward to the next one already!!!