Georgina Piggott (pictured) from Wingrave is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, as she prepares to fly to China to volunteer as a teacher for a year.
The 12-month volunteering placement has been organised by educational charity, Project Trust, based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll.
Project Trust is the most experienced provider of volunteering opportunities for school-leavers, running since 1967.
The charity is committed to long-term, responsible volunteering, with the vast majority of the 300 volunteers it sends overseas annually being at their projects for 12 months.
With Georgina’s departure date fast approaching on August 20 she has been at the centre on Coll for an intensive training course from 24th-29th June.
On the training course Georgina learned about China, the project she will be placed in, and was trained in teaching.
It was also the first time Georgina had met the other volunteer who will be working at the same project, as well as the rest of the 21 volunteers who will be working in China.
Georgina said: “I am so excited about going to China. It’s a going to be a massive challenge, but it will be big adventure.
“I am really looking forward to experiencing what life is like in a new country, learning their culture as well as learning to speak Mandarin”
Ingrid Emerson MBE, Project Trust’s CEO, said: “Project Trust ensure 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.”
Georgina 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.
Find out more about Project Trust at www.projecttrust.org.uk
Contact David Lyons, Project Trust Communications Officer, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org 01879 230 444.