I have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a year in Thailand teaching in primary and secondary schools with the charity Project Trust. I am currently in my second year at Hills Road, studying A level Photography, Maths and Biology, and I hope to continue studying photogrpahy at university when I return to the UK.
Project Trust are a Scotland based charitable organisation who specialise in sending post-sixth form students aged 17 to 19 for an eight or twelve month teaching gap year in South America, Asia or Africa. Established in 1967, they have sent more than 200 students every year so I will be following in the footsteps of many before me.
A previous volunteer enjoying the year in Thailand
I will be teaching in schools which would normally struggle to find enough teachers for all the classes, and also hope to set up extra curricular activites for the students, such as sports and arts clubs, as these are the main things I enjoy doing outside of school too. During my year I will also be working towards achieveing a Level 3 Foundation Year award in Global Volunteering and Citizenship.
Since finding out that I will be going to Thailand I have been researching all the opportunities of things to do during my year, and cannot wait to see the beautiful scenery in the mountainous regious, as well as try the Thai cuisine! I am also excited to start trying to learn Thai langauge and experience a culture so different from my own.
The next stage of my journey to get to Thailand is the fundraising. Each Project Trust volunteer has to raise £6,200 to cover the cost of flights, training, accommodation and medical insurance during my year away. I am planning a sponsored 50 mile cycle ride, a Christmas film night, and lots of other events.
I am also selling hand made Christmas cards as shown below! Please don't hesistate to contact me on facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy some!
Please don't hesistate to visit my Virgin Money page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IndiaLacey or my facebook page: www.facebook.com/indiasyearinthailand for more information