Inspired by a school trip to Mexico, an Aboyne Academy pupils is preparing for her own American adventure volunteering in Honduras.
Isla Kitching, an S6 pupil, is fundraising to spend a year in the Central American country through Scottish group Project Trust, which is based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll.
The final year pupil will take the first step towards her target of £5900 next month with a fundraising event - a jumble sale in Aboyne Victory Hall on Saturday, November 1. The sale will run from 10.30am-12.30pm, with any donations of jumble, homebaking or help on the day welcome.
Isla already has a few other fundraising ideas in the pipeline including a bag-pack and a Clachan-Yell ceilidh at the start of next year.
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with an estimated 50% of the population living below the poverty line.
While overseas, Isla will be teaching English at primary or secondary level in an under-resourced rural school. A typical class would be comprised of up to 40 pupils of any age between nursery and the top level of secondary school.
There is a growing desire to speak English in Honduras in order to enhance the country’s economic development, however funding for teaching the language is low.
Isla also plans to get involved with other community projects while abroad by volunteering in an orphanage and setting up extra-curricular activities where there may be a deficit. She is keen to run a Scouts group as well as offering football coaching to young people. There may also be the opportunity to run an after-school English club.
The Aboyne pupil was originally inspired to embark on this volunteering venture by an Academy visit to Mexico, and a trip to Ethiopia , and she plans to pursue a career in international development.
Project Trust sends around 300 volunteers abroad each year to communities in need of help with teaching or social care.
The full cost of the Project Trust year is £5900, which the organisation asks volunteers to raise themselves through community fundraising events and by approaching various trusts.
Aside from the November jumble sale event, donations can be made directly to Isla’s Virgin Money Giving page online by searching ‘Isla Kitching’ on the website or call 013398 85342.