Teaching English to monks and primary school students in Laos changed Monique Fahey’s life goals, as well as those of the students in her classes.
The Australian Catholic University Bachelor of Education student spent six months teaching English to monks and novice monks in a temple, and a month living and teaching in a rural village about three hours from the nearest city.
The trip changed her life and her career goals.
“Originally I wanted to be a primary teacher but since going to Laos my goal is to go back and teach overseas.
Ms Fahey said she could not afford to travel overseas without a travel grant from her university, part of the federal government’s New Colombo Plan to give students with limited finances, family responsibilities and work or workplace experience commitments the ability to take up opportunities for overseas study.
ACU is using the New Colombo Plan funding to develop short-term overseas programs that challenge the trend of which students can afford to travel to study.