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Going behind the scenes at World Vision Australia

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5 November 2014 by Asha Morrow
Going behind the scenes at World Vision Australia

15-year-old Asha Morrow took the 40 Hour Famine to the next level, completing a 39 Day Famine in 2014.

This year I participated in the 40 Hour Famine for the third time- but I decided I wanted to do something more than the usual. I did a 39 Day Famine, going without meat, wheat, dairy, all confectionery sugar, junk food, all liquids except for water and herbal tea and make-up. Through doing this, the opportunity came about to do Work Experience at the Melbourne World Vision office.

I’m very passionate about social justice and fighting poverty. Doing Work Experience in Melbourne made me feel very involved, and I saw that what I was doing was helping in some small way.

It was interesting to meet all the different people who help make World Vision work. Out of all the jobs I got to see, I think Dale’s was one of the best, as he gets to work with all the different celebrity ambassadors. It looked fun and exciting and also very creative, but I think it would also be lots of hard work. Ian’s job (Campaign Manager – Boss man of the whole 40 Hour Famine!) was awesome because he gets to plan and organise everything for the 40 Hour Famine. I never realised how much time and effort goes in all year round to gear up for it.

I really enjoyed working with the Media and Social Media team – the jobs were challenging and fun and had an English/Literature base which is something I really enjoy at school. Jess and Laura from media and social media were wonderful people to shadow and work with because they explained everything to me and got me involved in lots of things.

The best part of my Work Experience was getting to know lots of incredible people and having them share with me their time, their experiences and their funny stories. I appreciated everyone treating me like an equal and for involving me and giving me proper jobs to do.

I also, (surprise surprise), loved going to all the meetings. Some of them were extremely interesting and I really learnt lots from them. At the beginning of the week I was quite nervous but by the last day I was confident enough to have my own input and opinions in the meetings. My favourite meeting was a 3 hour ‘Empathise’ session about how best to communicate with 13-17 year old 40 Hour Famine participants.

There was only one aspect of the week that was probably the least interesting to me. It was a meeting about a new internal communications network, it was all very techy and went way over my head. I just tried to look attentive!

My first cup of milk tea (homemade chai) after 39 days. My first ‘food’ after 40 hours giving up furniture and house – just slept in a tent for two days. No time to chuck on makeup!

My first cup of milk tea (homemade chai) after 39 days. My first ‘food’ after 40 hours giving up furniture and house – just slept in a tent for two days. No time to chuck on makeup!

What surprised me the most was the size of the Melbourne World Vision office and how many people worked there. (I even needed a key card to get through the doors!) Also, I got the feel that no one was working there just because they needed a job, everyone was passionate and very motivated and as a whole gave off the feeling of a very hard working, caring organization.

Having spent that time at World Vision, it made me think about how I want to stay involved with them and the great things they do. It also made me think about the different courses I may like to study at University for particular careers to do with social justice. My more immediate goal though, is to become a youth ambassador.

Overall my time on Work Experience was one of the most incredible, eye opening experiences I’ve had. I met some wonderful people that I would love to stay in touch with. Thank you everyone at World Vision for having me!

Asha Morrow Asha Morrow

Asha is a 16-year-old high school student from Perth.


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