Teenage teacher needs cash help to volunteer in Honduras

PUBLISHED: 10:41 07 June 2018

Catherine Young hopes to travel to Honduras this summer.

Catherine Young hopes to travel to Honduras this summer.


A North Somerset teenager hopes to volunteer as a teacher for poor children in Central America, but needs cash support to help fulfil her ambition.

Catherine Young, aged 18 and of Cleeve, hopes to embark on a 12-month teaching placement at a Honduras primary school, but needs to raise thousands of pounds to take part.

The Backwell Sixth Form student, who is on the verge of completing her A-level studies, has secured a prestigious placement with charity Project Trust to teach at the Red Apple school in Siguatepeque, a city surrounded by luscious green mountains.

In earning her English-teaching placement, Catherine completed a rigorous four-day selection process which included a trek on the remote Hebridean island of Coll, off Scotland’s west coast.

Project Trust has been sending volunteers around the globe for decades, and Catherine told the Mercury of her desire to teach those who are less fortunate.

She said: “I have always enjoyed travelling and exploring new cultures and I was unsure what I wanted to do after completing A-levels.

“When finding out about Project Trust and the work it has done over 50 years I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of it.

“Project Trust has been sending around 300 young volunteers across Asia, Latin America and Africa every year since 1967.”

Honduras is a largely poor country, with an economy driven by agriculture – and Catherine’s volunteering could prove invaluable to impoverished youngsters.

Catherine added: “A lack of schools in Honduras prevents many children from receiving a good education.

“I believe everyone should have the opportunity to access a good education.”

But to ensure she can complete the 5,000-mile journey this summer, Catherine must come up with £6,200, having already held cake sales, raffles and bag packs to raise valuable cash.

A fraction more than £2,500 has been raised so far, and the 18-year-old hopes to boost the coffers by hosting a race night at Cleeve Village Hall on June 16.

Tickets are available from youngcatherine3@gmail.com

To sponsor Catherine, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineYoung

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