Left to right: Teacher Tas Pilikas, Sarah Bahr from Holbrook, Lucy Godde and Victoria Leov from Culcairn will leave on December 27 to take part in the World Challenge for 30 days. Lucy is holding the pack the girls will have to carry on the trip which weighs between 10 and 15 kilograms, they will have to carry their own equipment as well as the groups gear, money, water and food. Travelling across the world to volunteer around Christmas time isn’t everyone’s idea of a holiday but for three 16 year-old girls from Billabong High School it’s the chance of a lifetime.
The girls, Sarah Bahr from Holbrook, Lucy Godde and Victoria Leov from Culcairn will take part in the World Challenge for 30 days.
Flying out on December 27 the girls hope to build confidence and leadership skills during their trip to Malaysia and Borneo.
The World Challenge is a leadership program aimed at personal and leadership development through volunteering.
The girls will be in a group of 10 students with a teacher and a World Challenge expedition leader, and the students will be completely in charge of their budget for food, accommodation andtransport.
The teacher and an expedition leader will guide the students but if they get lost or make small mistakes the students will need to work it out themselves.
“We need to make decisions and the choices we make will affect everyone in the group,” Sarah said.
Before the girls have even left the country they have been working hard for the trip. They each had to raise $6000 to pay for it and have fundraised through cooking at home football games, cake stalls, wood raffles and the like.
“The fundraising is a really important part; it opened our eyes a bit as to what we will be doing over there,” Sarah said.
The girls said they’d worked hard for the money they raised and were really happy with the fact the community were behind them.
“When we first signed up we thought it would be easy to make six thousand but a cake stall may only give you $500. So it just gives you the perspective that it’s not as easy as you think,” Victoria said.
The girls all hope to get a different perspective on life from the trip and not take things for granted when they return.
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