From the dry heat of Harden to tropical Thailand, it’s been an incredible journey for former CEF grant recipient, Robert Baird.
Rob was accepted into RMIT University’s highly regarded Journalism program in 2010 and consequently faced the daunting, expensive exercise of moving from his small town to the city. The local CEF in Harden was on hand to help with his travel and living costs.
“The grants I received from Harden CEF were invaluable in helping me with the costs associated with the transition from home to uni,” Rob said.
In my graduating class of 16 in Harden, just five went on to study at university. Most found other worthwhile opportunities, but a number of others would have, I believe, pursued further study or a different path given the right support.
Fast forward to 2014 and Rob is now based in Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand, where he writes for Asian Correspondent, a network of bloggers and journalists across Asia.
There are great opportunities for country Australians abroad, and they’re not off limits simply because of where you grew up or which school you attended.
Rob is enjoying his journey in the fascinating metropolis of Chiang Mai, and we wish him all the best with his adventures abroad.