Coolum’s Jax Kotzur is not your average teenager.
The Year 12 student last year travelled to Thailand to teach English to local university students and this year she has been honoured with a $5200 RSL Youth Development grant that she will use to go to Cambodia.
And don’t think Jax will spend her time sightseeing and living the high life.
No, she will be spending a month working in a mission that looks after children who have been rescued from sex slavery.
“I just like helping people,” she said.
Jax is considering a career as a paramedic when she finishes school.
“I’m not too sure really what to do,” she said.
“But that’s at the top of the list at the moment.”
But before that, the 17-year-old plans to take a gap year and travel overseas.
But Jax will not be following the well-travelled path to London or Europe that many teenagers pursue.
“I’d like to go to Africa,” the young adventurer said.
“There’s a school over there I’d like to go to – it runs for three months. It’s almost like a bible college.
“You have one meal a day, with rice and beans, basically, and live in a straw hut for three months.
“That’s what I want to do over there – experience that sort of lifestyle for a while.”
And in case you are wondering why: “It’s different. It just interests me,” Jax said.
Jax was one of 124 outstanding Queensland students to share in $500,000 in youth grants awarded by the Queensland RSL. The Sunshine Coast was well-represented with 20 recipients.
The winners , ranging from aspiring Olympic athletes to community conscious youth ambassadors, were recognised for excellence in community leadership, and academic and sporting pursuits.
Queensland RSL president Doug Formby said he was impressed by Jax’s application and the calibre of each and every student who applied for the program.
“The response to this year’s program has been overwhelming and we hope Jax’s success will inspire more Sunshine Coast students to apply for an RSL youth grant in 2010,” Mr Formby said.
“The RSL is looking forward to supporting these outstanding students as they achieve their goals and ambitions into 2009 and beyond.”
Students entering Year 10 and 11 this year can now lodge an expression of interest for the 2010 RSL program via www.rslyouth.com.au.
Applications for the 2010 RSL Youth Development Program open on April 25 and close on November 11.
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