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Alumni

Volunteering and aid work motivates former head girl

Tessa Cavell has recently been selected from more than 100 applicants to participate in the Fiji Village Medical Project in 2019, a non-profit student initiative that aims to improve health outcomes in rural Fijian villages.

A trip to South America at the age of 16 had a lasting impact on our 2016 Head Girl Tessa Cavell.

Deeply affected by the poverty and suffering she witnessed on an archaeology and community aid trip in Peru, Tessa resolved to become a nurse.

“I witnessed how people completely opposite to me live – there were a lot of beggars and amputees on the street. I want to be able to help people like that, hopefully to go back to South America as a nurse with UNICEF or World Vision,” she said.

Tessa is now in her second year studying nursing at the University of Auckland and continues to be motivated by the greater good.

She has recently been selected from more than 100 applicants to participate in the Fiji Village Medical Project in 2019, a non-profit student initiative that aims to improve health outcomes in rural Fijian villages.

Tessa will spend two weeks in Fiji with other nursing, medical, dentistry and pharmacy students undertaking health screening, education and establishing a clean water supply in rural villages just outside of Suva.

Together the students aim to raise $11,000, to go towards medical supplies and a clean water supply.

To support Tessa’s fundraising, visit https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/fiji-village-medical-project-2019

We wish you all the best, Tessa!