Alina is bound for Hon­duras

Stockport Express - - News - EMMA CURRY [email protected] @em­malouise­curry

ACOLLEGE stu­dent will spend a year in Hon­duras, vol­un­teer­ing with less for­tu­nate com­mu­ni­ties.

Alina Wolowczyk, of Bloom­field Close, Chea­dle Hulme, has teamed up with the Project Trust, an ed­u­ca­tional char­ity which pro­vides 17-to-19-year-olds with the chance to spend a year vol­un­teer­ing abroad, on projects in­volv­ing so­cial care, teach­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Alina, a stu­dent at Xave­rian Col­lege in Manch­ester, will spend a year teach­ing and help­ing in Cen­tral Amer­ica and also hopes to set up sports ac­tiv­i­ties for the pupils.

Now that she has been se­lected for the project, the 17-year-old needs to raise £6,200 by Au­gust 2019, in or­der to fund travel, sup­port over­seas, in­sur­ance, train­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Alina, who stud­ies Span­ish, French, maths and fur­ther maths and grew up in a bilin­gual house­hold, said: “I have wanted to un­der­take a project like this for a long time.

“When my mum was my age, she vol­un­teered with the Project Trust in Namibia and, now that I am fin­ish­ing col­lege, I have been in­spired to spend a year abroad vol­un­teer­ing as well.

“I have a twin brother called Adam, but we couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent. He aims to go straight to univer­sity to study medicine.

“When I get back home I also as­pire to go to univer­sity, but to study maths in­stead.

“Hon­duras is well known for its high crime rate, how­ever projects like the one I will be do­ing are help­ing to turn it into a bet­ter place.

“We place much more im­por­tance on ed­u­ca­tion here than in Hon­duras. In my opin­ion, the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem here in the UK is bril­liant and I am go­ing to share our teach­ing meth­ods and at­ti­tudes to­wards ed­u­ca­tion when I go over­seas.

“Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from UN­ESCO, 219,573 ado­les­cents were recorded out of ed­u­ca­tion in Hon­duras in 2017. Ev­ery year this num­ber is in­creas­ing.

“I in­tend to make classes more en­gag­ing and in­ter­est­ing so that more chil­dren will stay in school and un­der­stand the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Next year, I will mis my two dogs more than any­thing. They’re a lit­tle mis­chievous and I hope they don’t be­have too badly while I’m away.”

To donate to Alina’s project, visit uk.vir­gin­money­giv­­naWolowczyk.

●●Alina Wolowczyk

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