AN Altrincham girl is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, as she prepares to fly to Malawi to volunteer as a primary school teacher for a year.
Rosie Reid is joining a 12-month volunteering placement organised by educational charity, Project Trust, which is based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll.
Project Trust is the most experienced provider of volunteering opportunities for school-leavers, having been running since 1967.
To raise funds for her project, Rosie has organised events including a race night and a charity car boot sale but she still needs to raise £600 of her £5,600 total for the year.
With Rosie’s departure date fast approaching on August 28, she was at Project Trust’s centre on Coll for an intensive training course last week.
On the course Rosie learned about Malawi, the project she will be placed in, and was trained in teaching.
It was also the first time Rosie had met the other volunteers who will be working at the same project, as well as the rest of the 18 volunteers who will be working in Malawi.
Rosie said: “I am really excited to be living in Malawi for a year and to be working with Project Trust to help give children an education”
Ingrid Emerson MBE, Project Trust’s CEO, said: “Project Trust ensures our volunteers are best-placed to develop their skills, make the most of their time overseas, deliver a beneficial educational impact in their host community, integrate into their host community and country and remain safe whilst living and working overseas.
“In almost 50 years Project Trust has sent just under 7,000 volunteers overseas, and we’re sure our 2014/15 volunteers will continue the organisation’s reputation for hard-working, passionate volunteers who are eager to learn and experience different cultures.”
Rosie will receive a qualification in Global Volunteering and Citizenship, accredited by One Awards, for completing the Project Trust programme. Project Trusts’ Volunteers have now been receiving university offers conditional on them completing the accredited programme, and it has been endorsed by UCAS.
To help Rosie, visit her fundraising page at virginmoneygiving.com/rosiesmissionmalawi.
Find out more about Project Trust at projecttrust.org.uk.