A sixth year pupil at Mearns Academy is hard at work fundraising for her trip to India at the end of Summer to do charity work.
When she finishes School Leah Hughes will be getting ready to leave the comfort of home and head to India with the charity project trust.
She said: “ I decided to apply for Project Trust as I’d heard about it from several former students of Mearns Academy who have gone on a gap year with them in the past and decided that it was very much something that I wanted to do.
“The opportunity to live in a foreign country for a year and learn so much about a different culture, their food and their people is such a unique one and I am so excited to have been chosen to go to India.”
Project Trust works in many Countries around the world and applicants are given options on where they can go. Leah explained why she decided to go to India.
She said: “I chose India specifically because it has such a vibrant and different culture to our own and I really feel that it will be an amazing undertaking, working with local people and becoming part of their society.
“India is such an exciting and fast-moving place, again extremely different from life in the Mearns, it is somewhat nerve-racking to be putting myself so far out of my comfort zone but I think that the whole experience will be worth it, especially as I will be helping people while I am there.”
Whilst in India Leah will be teaching English to secondary school students and she will also have the chance to set up secondary projects whilst she is there.
Leah is busy fund-raising for this once in a lifetime experience and will be holding a coffee morning in the masonic hall, Laurencekirk on Saturday February 11 from 11am-2.
You can also make donations through her Virgin money giving page www.virginmoneygiving.com/leahindia.