A PAIR of university students from South Derbyshire are preparing for the trip of a lifetime, when they will volunteer for two weeks in a poor village in South Africa.
Charlotte Jones and Lianne Hall will spend their time working with children in orphanages and schools, among other things, when they visit the rural area of St Lucia in July.
The Derby University students will also have chance to do some wildlife work when they are there.
“We’ve been thinking about it for a while. We both want to work with children, and doing something where we are working with orphans and families in a school will be amazing. Going to a different country to teach is something you don’t get to do all the time.
“We’re quite excited, and looking forward to everything,” said Miss Jones, 21.
The pair have known each other since they attended Pingle School one year apart.
They are now in their second year of a degree in early childhood studies.
Miss Jones, of Colliery Lane, Linton, and Miss Hall, who lives in Newhall, are hoping to raise £4,000 to fund their trip, which will cover flights, accommodation, food and resources.
They have already started fund-raising, and plans are under way for more events to boost the total.
Miss Jones said: “All the money is going towards the project, and it will be good to know we’ve done what we can. For me, this is about being able to go to a different country and know I’m going to be helping people who are so disadvantaged.”
Upcoming activities include a tea dance, a charity football match and a cake sale.
The pair will be travelling for more than 24 hours each way, when they head on their trip to the village KwaZulu-Natal.
The area has a lack of clean running water, which causes problems with hygiene, and poverty means the buildings are very dilapidated.
For further information about the trip, or to make a donation, visit http://www.volunteerforever.com/volunteer_profile/africa-unearthed-2014