Rotarians from across the North of Scotland are looking for local volunteers to accompany them on a journey to the Himalayas, to assist in a charity project which increases educational opportunities for youngsters in rural Nepal.
The Rotarians plan to spend two weeks in the mountainous state next April as part of a Training Team travelling to the remote Sangachok area. Based around three hours away from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the team will be supporting the work of the First Steps Himalaya charity, which strives to improve the educational opportunities and social outcomes for pre-school children in some of the most deprived and inaccessible areas of the region. Applications have now opened for team places, which are open to non-Rotarians as well as to those who are Rotary members. Anyone living in the Rotary 1010 District area – which covers everywhere in Scotland north of the River Forth in a line from Fife and Stirling to Skye – whether they have experience in education work or not, is welcome to apply, so long as their professional experience is linked to the objectives of the team. Nepal is one of the poorest counties in the world, with almost ¼ of its population living below the poverty line. The majority of children enter school without adequate preparation. Applications to be considered for the team, which will visit Nepal from 5-19 April 2014, must be made through a local Rotary club and submitted by 28th September 2013. For an informal discussion (or to find out details of your local Rotary Club) contact Hilary Gordon on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01651 806283.