After finishing SPM in 2011, Rhonwyn Hagedorn embarked on an unusual path toward self-development – she took three gap-years. She began interning with non-profit social enterprise, eHomemakers, before applying to university.

Her internship experiences include being the back-end online administrator for an eco-basket project targeted at the poor; the feature developer for the NGO’s mobile application, ECHO; and the training coordinator for a rural project in Bario, Sarawak.

After being a recipient of the Dana Belia grant, she founded Project WHEE!, a youth initiative to teach Bario women English for ecotourism purposes. The programme also includes elements of community service and cross-cultural exchange, which attracts the participation of youths from all over the country.

As the acting Chief Coordinator for Project WHEE!, Rhowyn hopes to take the project to greater heights. And she plans to — even if that means extending her gap years!

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