Burswood resident helping the world by volunteering overseas

Burswood resident Bevan Sharp has gone on 60 volunteering assignments around Asia and the Pacific.
Burswood resident Bevan Sharp has gone on 60 volunteering assignments around Asia and the Pacific.

BEVAN Sharp is doing his bit to help the world by volunteering overseas.

Speaking on International Volunteers Day from Tonga, the Burswood resident said he was pleased with the help he had given less fortunate people though the Australian Business Volunteers (ABV).

Mr Sharp is on his 60th volunteer assignment and has helped out in 14 countries around Asia and the Pacific.

“I’ve been pretty lucky in life and felt like I could put something back into less fortunate societies,” he said.

“Assignments have varied from hotels to security for a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, to marketing silk apparel or virgin coconut oil.”

Mr Sharp said what he enjoyed about volunteering the most was meeting interesting people and learning more about their culture than you ever you would as a tourist.

“I would encourage anyone to have a go, for instance I’ve had a stroke, I have a metal valve in my heart and I’ve had a hernia operation so there’s no excuse,” he said.

ABV is a not-for-profit organisation that has organised for Australian volunteers to assist small businesses, social enterprises and community organisations in Asia and the Pacific for more than 30 years.

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