|Students make a difference in Nepal - 21 March 2017|
Lourdes Hill College students are taking their ‘courage to be kind’ offshore, through an overseas volunteering program aimed at making a positive impact in other people’s lives.
Year 12 students, Chloe Gane and Amy Lubrano (pictured on left), took up the opportunity to participate in the High Schools Medicine Project through Projects Abroad in Nepal during the Christmas holidays, and found the experience to be “life-changing”.
During their two-week program, Chloe and Amy undertook placements in different hospitals where they were able to observe numerous operational procedures, read through patient reports and, overall, learn a lot about the medical profession.
Chloe said that she was inspired to work in Nepal due to her desire to become a doctor and to be exposed to the different culture and healthcare system of a developing country.
“Through volunteering in Nepal, my perception of third world countries has changed immensely and it has increased my passion towards healthcare and helping other people,” she said.
“I would definitely recommend this program to other LHC students as it is rewarding beyond belief.”
Amy said that her participation in the program came after she decided she wanted to begin her final year of high school with a life-changing experience.
“I knew that going on a holiday would be nice but, because of my deep connection with Homeless Outreach at the school, I wanted to do something more,” she said.
“I think that the Nepalese people taught and helped me more than I helped them in the sense that I learnt not to take what we have for granted. I realised that anyone can be happy, no matter the circumstances, and it was something that helped me begin this year incredibly well.
“I got so much out of the program including a sneak peek into what life may be like if I choose to go down the medical field.
“I met so many amazing people and saw so many life changing things including a woman giving birth. That was super emotional.”
Fellow Year 12 student, Vivien Powell, is currently preparing for her own Nepalese experience with Projects Abroad, with her program to take place during the July holidays.
A recent trip to Fiji opened Vivien’s eyes to the needs of communities in developing countries.
“In 2016, I was lucky enough to go on a family holiday to Fiji where we visited a local school and donated books and equipment to the children of the village. I was so overwhelmed by how thankful the town was for our small gifts,” she said.
“When I received an email from Mrs Hatzimihail offering an overseas volunteering program, I knew I must take the opportunity to make a positive impact in other people’s lives.”
Vivien is currently raising funds for her program, and is inviting members of the Lourdes Hill College community to support her in her goal of raising $3000 to make a difference in the lives of others.
“I would like to encourage the LHC community to give as much or as little as they can to help me fund this incredible but expensive trip. The donations will go to an amazing cause and you can feel satisfied knowing you are not just making a positive impact in my life, but also the people in Nepal by helping rebuild the country after their earthquakes,” she said.
You can donate to Vivien via her GoFundMe page.
Students who are interested in learning more about Projects Abroad are invited to visit the website or pick up a brochure from Ms Hatzimihail in Careers Centre.
Pictured above: Year 12 student, Vivien Powell (pictured here in Fiji) is set to volunteer in Nepal this July.