TESSA DOROTICH

Graduating class year: 2015

Campus: Carramar

What was your favourite part about being a St Stephen’s School student?

The friendships I made, as well as the opportunities we had for giving, leadership and personal development.

What was the first step you took after graduating from St Stephen’s? (E.g. tertiary study, travel, work)

A couple of months after I graduated, I travelled back to Cambodia for the second time on a trip with RAW Impact. I decided to stay involved when I got home, so I worked part time at a café and volunteered two days a week at RAW Impact’s Perth office for the full year of 2016. After that, I went all in and moved to Cambodia to work for RAW full time. I have been living and working in Phnom Penh since January of 2017.

Tell us about what you’re doing now! Have you had any memorable achievements since leaving St Stephen’s?

Moving to Cambodia has been the biggest adventure of my life. I have met the most amazing people, learned so much about a completely different culture and language, as well as being given the opportunity to serve other people.
I have witnessed entire families move from a slum to their brand- new house, I have helped local village kids with their English homework, chatted in Khmer with locals about all kinds of things, as well as made so many amazing friends with people I never expected to cross paths with.
I am so lucky to be in a position to give to so many people, who will never be able to repay me- it is the most special thing in the world.

Reflecting on your time as a St Stephen’s student, how did your education prepare you for life outside of School?

My time at St Stephen’s helped me discover my heart to help. I now understand that the best thing you can do in life is help and give, whilst expecting nothing in return.