Colac woman follows passion for humanitarian work

Colac’s Amy Tillack travelled to Papua New Guinea to help a team provide medical services to the residents of disadvantaged villages.

Colac’s Amy Tillack says volunteering in disadvantaged villages in Papua New Guinea has solidified her passion for humanitarianism.

Amy, 22, has returned from an “eye-opening” two-and-a-half-week volunteer experience in PNG’s Morobe Province.

“I was based on the YWAM medical ship and I was a general volunteer so I was with the dental team on the ship the first week and then I was with the optometry team the second week, which was mainly on land,” she said.

“The first week we were anchored in a local village called Finschhafen and every couple of days after that we’d set sail or drive to different villages.

“Sometimes we would go on one-and-a-half-hour boat rides and going through two-metre waves to access villages with no electricity, running water and limited healthcare.

“Every day was different, they call it the land of the unexpected and it was amazing.”

Amy said that the team set up makeshift clinics in school buildings, churches or “wherever we could set up” and worked nine-hour days in 30-degree

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