Rockhampton girl Haley McNamara said working in India as a social worker was a life-changing experience.
Rockhampton girl Haley McNamara said working in India as a social worker was a life-changing experience. Supplied

Haley set for overseas adventure

FROM the tropic of Capricorn to one of the coldest capital cities on Earth, Haley McNamara is in for the adventure of her life.

The 25-year-old, who grew up in the sizzling heat of Rockhampton, will head to Mongolia to work as a social worker on July 30.

Haley will join 10 other youth ambassadors living and working in an Asian country through AusAID’s Australian Volunteers for International Development Program.

The born-and-bred Rocky girl will work for nine months as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, which is renowned for its freezing temperatures.

Haley said she was sad to farewell her oncology patients from Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, where she works as a social worker, but excited to be given the opportunity to lend a hand at Ulaanbaatar’s National Cancer Centre.

“I want to find out how cancer is perceived and responded to in Mongolia,” she said.

“I am very passionate about people, human rights and the health arena.”

And while her parents, who still live in Rockhampton, are worried about the wintry weather, Haley said she’ll tough it out.

“I’m there for the experience, although I’m sure that will change when I have to go to work in minus 40 degrees temperatures,” she said.

“You just go where life takes you. I couldn’t have told you I would be going to Mongolia if you’d asked me six months ago.”

It will be Haley’s second overseas adventure, after she worked as a social worker in India.

She said working in health with Indian women was a life-changing experience, and no doubt Mongolia would be just as eye-opening.



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