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Bass Coast youth off to Asia


Bass Coast Shire Council and Foundation for Young Australians have awarded two Bass Coast youth scholarships to participate in the Foundation for Young Australian’s Experience Asia volunteer placement program.

Former Wonthaggi Secondary College students, Jacqui Connell and Brianna Copeland, are recipients of $2,500 scholarships.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, congratulated the successful candidates as well as everyone who applied.

We received such a high standard of applications which is tells us that we have young adults out there eager to learn, leave the comfort of their homes, develop personally and venture out into the world and become that global citizen,” Cr Crugnale said.

“This is the first time Council has participated in Experience Asia. We have worked closely with the Foundation for Young Australians on a number of youth projects this year which led to them offering the opportunity to participate in this fantastic program.”

The scholarships contribute to the costs of three to nine month work placements in Asia in 2016.

Placements can range from working with children in India, Laos, Nepal or Thailand and marine conservation in Fiji, to working with elephants or on a conservation project in Thailand.

The placements are supported by Global Vision International and are aimed at encouraging and supporting young people to have an immersive Asian experience.

“It will be an experience of a lifetime for the recipients themselves with a bonus flow on effect that is immeasurable to the their peers, families, future employers and the rest of us here on the ground,” Cr Crugnale said.

Brianna has just completed Year 12 at Wonthaggi Secondary College and is keen to spend her gap year learning about and experiencing first-hand some of the political and economic issues she learnt about in her Global Politics class.

“I want to study teaching at university in 2017, so I am keen to learn as much as I can about teaching methods and styles in Asia,” Brianna said.

Jacqui is still researching the placement opportunities that interest her most, after spending her gap year gaining certificates in teaching English as a second language, lifeguarding, travel and tourism and first aid.

“I’m thinking of either working with children in Nepal or on a marine conservation project in Fiji,” Jacqui said.

“We are excited for Jacqui and Brianna, and confident they will learn, grow and share this experience with the community during their placement and upon their return,” Cr Crugnale said.

The Experience Asia program is one of a number of youth leaderships programs Council are and will continue to support.

Jacqui and Brianna will keep us posted with blogs, Facebook posts and video footage during their placements, and presentations upon their return.

For more information on youth leadership initiatives, contact Councils Youth Planning and Policy Officer, Geraldine Archibald on (03) 5671 2745 or