Anna?s ?amazing? opportunity
By GARY CHIGWIDDEN
While many of her schoolmates will be at the beach next January enjoying the summer school holidays, Anna Ockert will be in Mozambique in her role as youth ambassador for the aid group, World Vision.
A Year 12 student at Byron Bay High School and school-captain elect, Anna, 17, was selected to go to Mozambique after an exhaustive interview process.
She will be joining five other students and two World Vision representatives for the three-week visit to the African nation which will include a stay of several days in a village in the north of the country.
"It's going to be amazing," she said.
"I am excited and amazed that I have been given this opportunity. It's something I will never forget."
Anna said she was passionate about helping children, especially those living in developing countries.
Eventually, after studying international relations and law at university, she hopes to work with the United Nations overseeing aid projects.
"It's distressing when you see children in desperate need," she said.
"I am overwhelmed by it. That's why I want to follow this path.
"I always take it for granted that I can go to school. Yet a lot of children don't get a chance to go to primary school."
Anna said she would use her experience in Mozambique to hopefully motivate other young people to get involved in helping children in developing nations.