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Ashleigh's big adventure to Sri Lanka

A Kyabram P-12 College student is volunteering in Sri Lanka.

December 11, 2013 4:05am

Kyabram P-12 College student Ashleigh Hill is in Sri Lanka doing two weeks of voluntary work at a kindergarten.

Kyabram P-12 College student Ashleigh Hill flew out to Sri Lanka last Saturday for a two-week volunteering trip.

Ashleigh, 17, will join up with 12 other volunteers, three from the United Kingdom and the rest from Australia.

Each member of the group will stay with a local host family and will do a wide range of volunteer work at a kindergarten about a one hour drive from the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

‘‘There’s a choice of volunteer work you can do and I chose care and renovating,’’ Ashleigh said.

‘‘I’ll be doing some teaching, including English language, and showing the children some games and doing some painting and other renovations.

‘‘I don’t know much at all about the area we’re going to but the fact it’s part of the volunteer program means it’s considered an undeveloped area.

‘‘I do know it’s the wet season and it’s likely to be 30 to 40 degrees with high humidity, so working out what clothes to take has taken a bit of planning.’’

Ashleigh became interested in doing voluntary work overseas after watching a television program this year that showed students building paddocks in an Amazonian region of South America.

‘‘I went to an event in Melbourne about projects abroad and applied in July,’’ she said.

‘‘My mum really encouraged me and my older brother is also now looking into doing some voluntary work.

‘‘All my family and friends who know I’m going have been very supportive and proud about what I’m doing.’’

Speaking at school on Friday, Ashleigh said it was only just hitting her that she would be flying out the next day.

‘‘Going through the airport on my own and exchanging money myself will all be new experiences,’’ she said.

‘‘The group has set up a Facebook page and I’ve arranged to meet one girl at Melbourne Airport and another one when we get to Singapore.

‘‘I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m really looking forward to experiencing the culture and seeing real life in Sri Lanka.’’

Ashleigh will take some extra donations to give to the kindergarten, with Kyabram P-12 College raising $600 from a casual day and Kyabram Rotary Club donating $300.

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