FAIRIES ON HOLD: 2014 Young Citizen of the Year, Sam Welbourne, is off to Bali for two years after her mother scored a posting as a volunteer.
FAIRIES ON HOLD: 2014 Young Citizen of the Year, Sam Welbourne, is off to Bali for two years after her mother scored a posting as a volunteer. Patrick Woods

Sam struggling to pack, maybe she should get fairies to help

TYPICAL teenagers' rooms can challenge the concept of order, but try cramming one into a suitcase.

Sam Welbourne, 13, of Buddina, has been struggling to pack the essentials of her world into one bag for what will be two years away from home.

The Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year and young entrepreneur is off to Bali after her mother Cherrell Picton successfully applied for a volunteer post.

Sam, a Matthew Flinders Anglican College student, has decided to close her business making fairy houses while she is away, although her children's craft book will still be for sale on Amazon.

The modern young woman-of-the-world will not be leaving home without her togs, hiking boots, iPad, phone, laptop, but said the list of essentials she began 10 weeks ago had kept growing.

"I've got most of my stuff packed but the suitcase won't shut," she said.

She admitted that she had experienced mixed feelings about moving to Bali.

"I was really excited at first but now that it's coming close to the day I'm getting more nervous. I don't want to leave my friends and boyfriend," she said.

She said she was not sure what to expect but was keen to go to Bali's beaches and do some hiking.

"I definitely want to go and explore."

Ms Picton said she had been inspired to apply for a volunteer position after watching Sam's achievements and community work.

She was selected by Australian Volunteers International for a business development position with the Role Foundation, a humanitarian organisation.

Sam will keep a blog while she is away at http://www.aussieteenlivinginbali.com.au.


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