Verity Besseling has a long history in volunteering and education, both of which originated while travelling around Australia in her twenties. However, she has also worked on the mines, run a restaurant and taught kindy kids to dance. Now, Verity's recent internship with 12 Buckets has led to her becoming a paid staff member working as a School Liaison at Koondoola Primary School.
Verity's first taste of volunteering came while living in the Victorian town of Mildura, where she worked with at-risk boys with an organisation called SEALS (Supporting and Educating Adolescents in Life Skills). This experience inspired her to become a teacher assistant and later train as a secondary teacher. Since then, Verity has helped children with special needs, taught visual arts and facilitated Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.
She says she has a particular interest in seeing at-risk young people fulfil their potential, and loves to meet children who have a bit of a spark:
But often these students are classed as naughty. So then they assume you're going to have a go at them and they put up a guard.
More recently, Verity has decided to pursue community work, because of a desire to be part of something bigger than her 'little bubble', and a passion for helping others give back to the local community. For these reasons, Verity undertook an internship with 12 Buckets as part of her Diploma of Community Service.
Verity's other interests include dance and theatre, gardening, the visual arts (particularly sculpture) and spending time with her children.
At 12 Buckets, we are thrilled to announce Verity's appointment and look forward to her contribution within our team.