A TRIP to Timor Leste has changed Cassidee Hayne's outlook on life.
The 18-year-old joined a few of her fellow Emmaus College students for a trip to the Third World country last month.
"It was definitely a different experience," Cassidee said.
The students, along with school staff, made trips to a village, high school and an orphanage.
"It really opened my eyes to what the people over there don't have and what we do," she said. "It was surreal."
For Cassidee, the best part of the trip was getting to know the kids at a local high school.
"It was great getting to talk to the kids and hear their life stories," she explained.
"The students had such a positive attitude on their education.
"A lot of them had dreams of the future, telling us that they wanted to be doctors and engineers," she said.
The Emmaus students got the chance to play a friendly game of football and soccer with the kids, and even gave them photos of the experience.