Girvan girl gears up for gap year

AN INTREPID Girvan teenager getting ready to embark on an unforgettable year as she prepares to take a gap year in Guyana.

Girvan Academy sixth year pupil Sara White, of 29 Vicarton Street, has been selected to complete a year’s voluntary work in the South American country with gap year organisers Project Trust.

Sara will embark on a 12 month teaching programme with the charity, which specialises in expeditions for 17-19 year olds and has so far sent more than 6000 students to 23 different countries worldwide, instructing children in science and extra-curricular activities.

She undertook a series of workshops, interviews and team-building exercises at the charity’s HQ on the Hebridean Isle of Coll to prove she was capable of coping in an unfamiliar environment far from home, and will complete further training in July.

But she said she had been smitten with the idea of a gap year abroad since Project Trust visited Girvan Academy, and was delighted to be accepted.

Sara said: “I’m excited; I’m really doing it because I want to help people. I could go straight to uni but the education system in Guyana is so bad. I want to contribute and help keep some of the children off the street.”

But Sara’s hard work won’t stop now her place has been confirmed. In order to take up her position, she must raise at least £5400 by the end of July 2013. Anyone with ideas on how they might help Sara, or to donate to her trip in the form of advice, raffle prizes or financial aid, contact 01465 713454 or email sarawhite1995@hotmail.co.uk.