Past Volunteer ProfilesAmazing people, amazing stories



Name Volunteer Year Placement Country
Nic 2011 Don Bosco Technical School, Phnom Penh Cambodia

Describe the work you did during your placement:

I planned and conducted leadership/spiritual camps for students, supported the introduction of the new Bosch sponsored training facility and training course. I was also involved in the installation of equipment and the training of teachers. I ran lunchtime additional English classes and night activities including English classes for the Besucco boys, who are boarders at the school.

Describe some of the best and most challenging aspects of your placement:

Culture was an obvious difficulty but my biggest challenge was working with the teachers at the school. The language wasn't as big a difficultly as I expected. I was surprised at how good students were at speaking and their willingness to speak with me. The students are fantastic and really willing to listen and learn. Seeing this beautiful country, learning about its culture and the devastation of its past was also a real privilege. Living within a community of people from a wide range of backgrounds was something I enjoyed.

Explain how your volunteer experience impacts your life today:

Deciding to volunteer was one of the best decisions of my life. It wasn’t easy or a holiday as some people back home may have thought, but to be able to immerse yourself into a different culture, spend time with people less fortunate than myself, to help them study and also have fun was an amazing experience and I had a blast being there. During my volunteering placement I was able to develop my own leadership skills. I have never done anything like this before and I was definitely outside my comfort zone, but by doing this I learnt a lot about my weaknesses and begin to work on developing skills that help me during in my current job as a project engineer for Boeing.

  • Fiji

    Fiji is made up of 330 islands, with only around a third known to be inhibited. Fiji is sprawling with natural beauty located in the South Pacific approximately 3000 km from Australia and 2000km North of New Zealand. Read More
  • Australia

    Australia is well known for its beautiful natural wonders, wide open spaces, deserts and beaches. It is also one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries and has some wonderful cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Australia is a wonderfully diverse nation of migrants and people come from all over the world to make Australia their home. Read More
  • Timor-Leste

    Timor Leste boasts great natural beauty however the people, with their warm welcoming nature and natural generosity, are the most precious thing about Timor-Leste. Read More
  • Zambia

    Zambia, a large country found in the southern part of Africa is known for its amazing landscapes, wildlife viewing and the magnificent Victoria Falls. Zambian people are renowned as some of the friendliest and hospitable in Africa. Read More
  • Solomon Islands

    Solomon Islands is a beautiful country located in Melanesia full of diversity and rich in culture. It consists of nearly 1000 different islands, each with its own traditions and unique language. Read More
  • Samoa

    Samoa is one of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific. There are only 190,400 people that inhabit Upolu and Savai’i, the two islands that make up Samoa, a predominantly Christian country. Read More
  • Thailand

    Thailand is a proudly Buddhist nation known for its incredible hospitality that is extended to all visitors. Read More
  • Cambodia

    Cambodia, a predominantly Buddhist country, is home to the magnificent Angkor Wat however the real treasure of Cambodia is the Khmer people. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8