Bass Coast,
30
September
2015
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Australia/Melbourne

Youth opportunity to volunteer in Asia

If you’re a young person living in Bass Coast with a dream of volunteering in a foreign country, this is an opportunity for you.

The Foundation for Young Australians is offering a young Bass Coast community member aged 18 to 20 a one-off scholarship to participate in a student volunteer placement program in 2016.

Experience Asia, run by Global Vision International, is offering a $2,500 scholarship to contribute towards a three to six month volunteer placement program in one of five Asian countries.

Bass Coast Shire is one of only a handful of areas selected to participate in this scholarship opportunity.

The total cost for the placement is approximately $5,000 and includes air fares, food, accommodation and in-country support.

The successful candidate pays half of this cost with the rest funded by the scholarship.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Kimberly Brown, believes this Asian immersion experience is a fantastic opportunity for a young local.

“The program is a great opportunity for a young person to have a rich, cultural experience, and can provide positive benefits not only for lucky recipient and host communities, but for the wider Bass Coast community,” Cr Brown said.

“We look forward to hearing and learning from the candidate upon their return.”

This leadership opportunity sits well with Council’s plans to expand opportunities for young people to build and grow their skills in leadership and civic engagement.

“We recently surveyed over 840 young people as part of our Youth Action Plan consultation and know that young people are keen to have a voice in their community,” Cr Brown said.

“We believe Experience Asia provides an opportunity for a young person to learn, to grow and build their work, leadership and resilience skills.”

Successful placements can include working with children in India, Laos, Nepal or Thailand, marine conservation in Fiji, working with elephants in Thailand, and working on a conservation project in Thailand.

Applications open Monday, 5 October and close at 5.00pm Friday, 6 November.

Google Hangouts to learn more:

We will be hosting a number of online video calls for you to ask questions and find out more about the scholarship.

To register for one on the following sessions below, please email cassie.dewar@fya.org.au.

  • Monday, 12 October at 9.00am, 12 noon and 5.00pm

  • Friday, 16 October at 9.00am, 12 noon and 5.00pm

Any Australian citizen, aged 18 to 20 and residing within Bass Coast Shire can apply. For more information and to apply, visit www.fya.org.au/asia.