Rural Stories

Hear stories from across the country, of rural young people in unique jobs, taking gap years, going on study trips, deciding on uni courses, starting trades and more. Want to hear more about a particular story? Just ask: ruralinspire@cep.org.au

How I applied for the Skyline Program

How I applied for the Skyline Program

Prabh Sandhu is a year 11 student from Mansfield Victoria. In 2020, he participated in the Rural Youth Ambassador program. This year he was accepted into the Skyline Program, which provides Prabh with financial and education support for his VCE studies.How did you...

A day in the life: the National Zoo

A day in the life: the National Zoo

After high school Jemma moved to Italy for 12 months where she worked as an au pair. Eventually she came back home to Australia, moved to Canberra and finished a double degree at university. Now she’s the Customer Services Manager at the National Zoo and Aquarium in...

Running my own online business

Running my own online business

I run a small business that strives to handcraft timeless western theme products. Wild Heart Country Co was founded a year ago. It started as a covid lockdown hobby. I was doing a bit of soul searching really, and just wanted to do or make something creative and get...

Leaving School to Chase my Dreams

Leaving School to Chase my Dreams

Since I've been young I've always known I wanted to become a stockagent.  Lochie McLauchlan, Mortlake VictoriaStarting Out  I’ve always grown up on the farm. We have a family of four: Mum, Dad, my sister and I. The farm has always been a family operation.  My interest...

Running our own Youth Forum

Running our own Youth Forum

We were involved in the 2020 NSW Rural Youth Ambassador Forum program. This was a great experience which opened our eyes to the impact that our voice can have.We were inspired by our experience of the RYA program and wanted to share what we learnt at a local level. So...

From an Email to Canberra

From an Email to Canberra

I first heard about the Rural Youth Ambassadors program when I received an email on an ordinary school day. At the time I had no idea just what that email would lead to.Many of us including myself, applied for this program without any thought that in the near future...

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

At family weddings, at school or by our friends and family - we’ve all been asked to announce our aspirations and give some form of an answer. When you were a child, did you ever say that you wanted to be a member of the fire department, a police officer, a queen, a...

Julia’s Gap Year in a Van

Julia’s Gap Year in a Van

While everyone else I knew was travelling around Europe for their gap year, my friend and I bought a van and decided to explore Australia. We travelled for 5 adventure-filled months and saw so many different sides of Australia. We swam in waterholes, danced at...