CAMBEWARRA resident Avalon Bourne will travel to India next month as part of a project to improve the lives of families living in poverty.
Ms Bourne was selected from 100 applicants at the University of Wollongong, where she is studying international studies and media.
She was then chosen from a pool of applicants from around Australia as one of 65 people who will join the organisation 40K Globe for its latest education project.
Eight teams from Australia will next month travel to India to begin projects to help people in rural villages.
Ms Bourne will be involved in a program called PLUS Pods.
The organisation has set up after-school education centres called pods for children living in poverty.
In each pod, three children play education games together with a tablet. The children are awarded badges but only when all three have reached their goal.
The project aims to teach the children to help each member of the group reach their individual goals.
For one month, Ms Bourne’s team will meet the families and work out how the program is working, who it is working for, who it is not working for, and why.
On returning to Australia her group will put together a report for the chief executive officer of 40K.
“I was so excited to when I found out I was chosen,” Ms Bourne said.
“I was also surprised when in one of the interviews I saw another Cambewarra resident, Kate Bryce, who also applied and was also accepted.
“Neither of us knew the other was applying until we saw each other at the selection interviews.
“I had looked into volunteering overseas before, but it is very expensive. This way I get to help out through 40K.
“I have a lot of respect for this organisation. It is making a real difference to the people it works with,” she said.
The next step is for the students to spread the word about the project and raise funds to help programs like PLUS Pods.
By visiting 40k.com.au you can support one of the 40K projects.