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In 1981, our colleague, Nicola Harrison, was fortunate to be selected for a voluntary post abroad before attending Napier University to study for her degree in Hospitality. It was with Project Trust, who are based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll.
Project Trust has been organising long term voluntary placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America for young people since 1967, making them the most experienced educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering for school-leavers.
Project Trust annually select around 300 young people from across the UK for 8 – 12 month overseas teaching, social care and outward bound projects. Working with partners overseas, these projects are carefully chosen to ensure the Volunteers’ skills can be put to good use in their host communities and do not take work away from local people.
Nicola’s projects were in central and Western Kenya, teaching in harambee schools set up by the local community for their children who could not attend the government schools. She gained valuable life skills and is forever grateful for the experience.
When Cate Longley informed us of her successful application to join Project Trust in one of their projects in India we were delighted to make a donation towards her fundraising.
Project Trust’s projects in India all involve teaching, although some also include elements of social care. No two schools the Project Trust gap year Volunteers are placed in are the same, and the environments the projects are in differ greatly too. The difference between living in the centre of Hyderabad, a city of seven million people, and living in rural Ongole could hardly be more striking, let alone being based in the projects further away in the north of the India with its own distinct cultures and customs.
At the end of August 2018, Cate will be leaving for India where she will spend a year volunteering and will return in August 2019. In India she will be volunteering for most of the year, helping those in need, and will most likely be doing a combination of teaching and social care. During her time spent in India, she will also have time off when she plans to travel around and explore the country. She is also hoping to obtain her Gold Duke of Edinburgh while she is out there. She will complete her expedition and volunteering in India and complete her residential on the Isle of Coll with Project Trust. On completing her year volunteering she will be able to complete a programme in Global Citizenship, which is recognised by universities. Although the fundraising is a very daunting task she is looking at it from the perspective of being a fun journey and the start of an amazing year ahead.
Click on the link below to view Cate’s facebook page
Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/CateinIndia/
We wish her every success in her ventures!