A MYRTLEFORD student has opted out of the “traditional” way to celebrate the end of school life, instead volunteering to help struggling communities overseas.
While most of her fellow year 12 students will be partying at “schoolies” events at coastal hot spots, Ellen de Vries will be working in the Philippines.
The Marian College year 12 student has decided against the now commonplace way to end secondary school education, preferring an “alternative schoolies” approach.
The Sandhurst Education-driven program will take Ellen to Cebu, a poverty-stricken province of the central Philippines, to work with local families.
She will spend two weeks in a region devastated by last November’s Typhoon Haiyan.
“I’ll be going over to work with communities that need a lot of help,” Ellen said.