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Ripley student prepares for trip of a lifetime

The team which will be ehading to Sri Lanka - Tom Longden (Sri Lanka desk officer), Alex Huntley (Cardiff), Peter Hale (Lancaster), Elspeth Simpson (Edinburgh) and Sophie Crowhurst (Harrogate).

The team which will be ehading to Sri Lanka - Tom Longden (Sri Lanka desk officer), Alex Huntley (Cardiff), Peter Hale (Lancaster), Elspeth Simpson (Edinburgh) and Sophie Crowhurst (Harrogate).

Former Skerton and now Ripley St Thomas Sixth Form student Peter Hale is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, as he prepares to fly to Sri Lanka this September to volunteer as an English teacher for a year.

The 12-month volunteering placement has been organised by educational charity Project Trust, which is based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll.

With Peter’s departure date fast approaching on September 3, he was at Project Trust’s centre on Coll for an intensive training course from the July 19-23.

On the training course Peter, from Lancaster, learned about Sri Lanka, the project he will be placed in, and was trained in TESOL teaching.

He said: “I just can’t wait to get out to Sri Lanka and start teaching now. We’re going to be working in schools on the South Coast, which was terribly affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami. We don’t expect our pupils to be the only ones learning though – we each want to come back having expanded our horizons.

“We’ll be out there for the 10th anniversary this December too, which we’re all expecting to be a very emotional time.”

Peter will receive a qualification in Global Volunteering and Citizenship, accredited by One Awards, for completing the Project Trust programme.

Project Trusts’ Volunteers have now been receiving university offers conditional on them completing the accredited programme.

 

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