Emily Phan is a Junior Camp Assistant at our Holiday Camp in Malmsbury. She’s passionate, talented and super friendly.  She’s also a participant in our University Pathways Program. Let’s find out more about why Emily has volunteered on Holiday Camp for the second year in a row…

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Emily. I’m a 3rd year University Pathways Program (UPP) student in Year 12, so I was the first group who participated in the three-year UPP. I live in Hillside which is about 40 minutes away from Malmsbury Camp.

What’s your favourite Holiday Camp activity and why?

Horsemanship. I don’t get to spend much time around horses normally and I love seeing the new campers have a go, challenge themselves and do something new. They really enjoy it and it’s a pleasure to see the look on their faces!

Name some of the things that matter to you in society

I really care about refugee rights as I love working with young people, especially those from refugee backgrounds. In my spare time I volunteer, teaching Grades 1-8 who are behind at school with literacy and numeracy. They’re mostly Karen, from the Thai-Burma border. I’ve been doing it for about a year now as a friend in Werribee set up the program.

Tell us a top memory from Holiday Camp

When we did the cooking elective we were making sushi (yum!) The campers got their hands so sticky with rice they accidently (I think) wiped it all over their faces. In the end, they actually got more on their faces than they did on the seaweed!

One word to sum up your experience as a Junior Camp Assistant

Invigorating 🙂

Thanks so much to our amazing volunteers. We literally couldn’t do it without you. If you’d like to volunteer at Doxa yourself or would like to know any more about our programs drop us a line at