A KARDINYA resident studying special needs education will head to Hong Kong in February as part of an International Youth Exchange Program (IYEP).
Twelve West Australians, including local Alexa Morgan, were chosen to represent the state overseas due to their work in the community.
The trip will offer the delegation an opportunity to experience a new culture and make international connections to help their future education and career goals.
Ms Morgan has been a volunteer youth consultant at Create Foundation, a body representing children and young people, for one year.
The 20-year-old, who herself spent 10 years in a mix of family care services, is also studying special needs education for primary school kids at Notre Dame.
“(The trip) is an amazing opportunity,” she said.
“My main goals is to do as much as I can and be involved as much as I can be.”
Youth Minister Peter Tinley said the program would be a massive boost to the career ambitions of those travelling over.
“The Hong Kong-Western Australia IYEP is a wonderful cross-cultural engagement initiative that is designed to nurture relations between WA and China,” he said.
It has been an period for talented locals, with two appointment to WA’s inaugural Ministerial Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).
Brentwood’s Benjamin Caulfield (16) was announced as a MYAC co-chair, while Orlagh Latawski (17) was named one of 16 panellists.
Leeming Senior High School student Gabrielle Bushby (15) recently farewelled WA for a four-week tour of Japan, participating in the AFS Australia’s intercultural program.
She will attend Japanese language classes, experience the country’s cultural activities and visit its special sites.