My year with Project Trust

My name is Rachel Campbell Still, I am currently studying Maths, Physics and Textiles to A-level at Wymondham College where I board. When I’m not at school I live in North West London. I hope to study Physics at university when I return from Guyana.

After a talk from a returned volunteer with Project Trust, I decided that volunteering was something I too would love to do. The first stage of my year abroad was to complete an application explaining why I wanted to do it and what my motivation was. After this I was invited to book onto a selection course, which I attended in August. The week of my selection course was amazing; I met some incredible people and made some really good friends. Project trust is based on the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides and that’s where the course was, travelling up to Coll was an adventure in itself! Talking to all the staff on Coll about PT and the projects they work with just confirmed the fact I really wanted to go abroad and volunteer with them and I came home unable to talk about anything else! All I could do now though was await the arrival of ‘The Letter” confirming if I had a place or not…

After an agonizing week I received my letter confirming that I’d been chosen to go to Guyana! Guyana was my first choice, and I would be teaching Maths and Science at Secondary School level for 12 months. All I have to do now is raise the £5,600 to get there.

Project Trust is an educational charity based on the Isle of Coll who send school leavers, aged 17-19, abroad to teach or work in social care projects for 8 or 12 month placements. More information about them can be found on their website www.projecttrust.org.uk.