Two young Noble Park Aquatic Centre (NPAC) staff members will travel to Osaka to work with the YMCA of Japan after being accepted in the latest intake of a national initiative.
YMCA Victoria is providing 12 young staff and volunteers with the chance to intern with other young people from across the globe to develop personal and professional skills through involvement in areas such as camping, aquatics, kindergarten, Global Youth Conference, and communication.
The international internships are available to YMCA employees and volunteers, aged 18-30 years. NPAC Operations Recreation Officer, Lochlan Norton, and Swim Teacher/Customer Service Officer, Ebony Rose Huygens, were selected as part of the 2018 intake.
Both candidates are lifelong residents of the City of Greater Dandenong.
Lochlan has worked at NPAC since January 2015 and will be representing Greater Dandenong Leisure facilities in Osaka as a Global Youth Conference Facilitator.
Ebony Rose joined the NPAC team in October 2015 and will fill one of four Osaka YMCA International School (OYIS) Swim Instructor and Teaching Assistant positions.
NPAC YMCA Manager Ansie Uys said the personal development opportunity for the local staff members was exciting and well deserved.
“The international internship program offers young people a unique opportunity to work in Japan and experience its fascinating culture. It also challenges them to live and work together to achieve common goals,” she said.
“Ebony Rose and Lochlan are great examples of the emerging leaders in the Dandenong community and I’m thrilled that the YMCA has provided this wonderful opportunity for them.”
The YMCA Osaka internships will run for about two months between June and September with participants accommodated in homestay, shared apartment or at a camp, depending on their position.