Two recent St Bede's College, Mentone, graduates won't be spending their gap year cavorting around Europe like some of their peers instead they're lending a hand in a remote Aboriginal community.
Gerard Kelly and Ryan Vaux, part of St Bede's graduating class of 2018, are volunteering with the Lasallian Mission Council in Balgo, which is in the Kimberley region, more than 3100km from Perth.
Seven languages are spoken in Balgo and it's among the most disadvantaged communities in the country due to its isolation. Kelly and Vaux will help Luurnpa Catholic School classrooms with literacy and numeracy support, preparing nutritious lunches for students and more.
'I am looking forward to enjoying new experiences, meeting new people, making new friends, helping others and learning more about Indigenous culture', Kelly said.