East Timor mission fuel teen’s ambitions

Kate Robertson is heading to East Timor in June to work with the United Nations.
Kate Robertson is heading to East Timor in June to work with the United Nations.

The Year 11 Santa Maria College student said her family was ‘very political’ and her strongest passions lay in politics, equality and education.

To be eligible for the tour, Miss Robertson was required to complete a three-stage application process, including three essays and an interview with a UN official.

She is one of two people from WA ” and 10 Australia-wide ” chosen for the trip.

Miss Robertson, who lives in Rockingham, hopes the three-week trip will reinforce her desire to pursue a career in federal politics or the United Nations.

‘I hope to be able to pursue these ambitions once I return from Timor with more knowledge of cultures, international relations and international politics ” three things I know I will be able to gain from the trip,’ she said.

‘We will also be working in schools, orphanages and communities to promote education, and we will be teaching English in schools for a few days.

‘The last parts of our trip include working with non-government organisations to understand their role in the international world and to also gain an understanding for the East Timorese culture and way of life.’

To help cover travel costs, Miss Robertson will host a Curry for a Cause night with an auction and raffle and is seeking support from the business community for donations of food and prizes.