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Lauren Vasicek

Willow Cottage Learning Centre

Willow Cottage Early Learning Centre offers high quality Child Care in a home like environment. They provide a premium leave of service offering nutritious meals, nappies and high quality education programs. They are committed to high quality standards in a loving and warm environment. Willow Cottage operates with a higher number of staff and higher qualified staff than are required by the Department of Community Services.

 

Why are you participating in the "Augustana in Australia" program?

I've always wanted to go abroad and Australia is one of the places I wanted to visit. Once I heard it was an internship program and I could sphend my time there working with kids I knew this program was for me.

What value do you hope to add back to the internship site?

I hope to make a difference in the children's lives. As a camp counselor over the summer I love playing and working with kids. I'm not afraid to be a goof and I cant wait to teach these kids jolts of fun games and songs.

What do you hope to learn on your internship?

I hope to get a better sense of Australian culture. I've never learned about other countries school systems and I hope to learn more about that as well. I want to be more aware of how difference countries run their schools.

Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under?"

I want to go to the great barrier reef. I love scuba diving and this is a lance in a lifetime opportunity. I also plan on visiting my friend who lives in new castle, about an hour out of Sydney, we are planning on spending spring break together traveling and exploring with her friends. I also plan on visiting and traveling around New Zealand with another friend I haven from New Zealand.

What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under?"

Being able to visit the opera house. I've been involved in music for as long as I can remember and cannot wait to see the opera house in person.