Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 00:01, 13 July 2014 |
Former Highsted Grammar School student Abi Nelson, of Buckthorne Road, Minster, left for her trip of a lifetime yesterday.
The 22-year-old discovered the opportunity after learning about the charity Tear Fund, a Christian organisation which aims to combat poverty.
It works with the International Citizen Service (ICS), which is a government funded project to get more young people to volunteer abroad.
They are aiming to get 7,000 18 to 25-year-olds placements within a three-year period.
Due to the funding it receives from the Department for International Development, it means those taking part in the schemes don’t have to raise as much as some other projects as the government stumps up the rest of the cash.
Abi, who has just finished her fourth year of a five-year masters degree in civil engineering at the University of Surrey, hopes to work abroad helping out with things like water and sanitation.
Her time in Durban will be spent with a charity based there called Zoe Life, which works with vulnerable families giving education about HIV and Aids.
ICS asked Abi to raise £800, which she managed to do with the help of Community Church Sheppey, where she is a member of the congregation.
She organised a cake sale and it collected £700, which she said she is very grateful and thankful to the other members for.
The former Cheyne Middle School pupil has also spent time in Uganda with the church’s ongoing project there.
She said: “It’s going to be a really good thing to do and a great opportunity to test the water and see if working abroad is something I could do in future.
“I will be working with volunteers from the country as well so we will learn from each other – I’ll get fully immersed in the culture.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.