Student Isabelle Yeung to spend gap year volunteering in Honduras schools
A STUDENT is on a fundraising mission ahead of a gap year with a difference, when she flies 5,000 miles away from home next summer.
Isabelle Yeung, aged 17, from Heaton, has been chosen by an educational charity to volunteer in primary schools in Honduras for a year after she completes her A-levels.
The Runshaw College student needs to plug a £5,600 funding gap to allow her to embark on the mission in Latin America.
Budding actress Isabelle will be given £2,000 from organisers, the Project Trust.
She said: “I am really looking forward to it, there is a lot of work to be done before then.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and, while I know it will be a big cultural shock, I hope it will help me grow as a person.”
Isabelle is selling homemade cakes and earrings at college, and has prepared an eight-page leaflet to put her case to a charitable trust.
She said: “My mum and dad have been really behind me but they are worried about it.
“The facilities over there are basic as well, for phones and the internet, so communicating with home won’t be easy.”
Isabelle is also fitting emergency Spanish lessons around her English Literature, Drama and French A-level studies.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn another language and it bears similarities with French,” she said.
“Pronunciation is the only major problem as I bet their accent is quite unusual.“ Isabelle, who will be aged 18 when she starts her mission next August, hopes to improve English skills in Honduras through her teaching work as children rarely learn the language.
The long-term ambition for Isabelle, who is hoping for top grades in her A-levels, would be to go to drama college — but that will have to be put on hold as a result of her sacrifice.
She will not be able to audition while abroad so she will have to target the 2016 intake.
To help Isabelle you can donate here.
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