A SWADLINCOTE woman is planning a trip to West Africa, where she will help to teach underprivileged and orphaned children.
Joanne Mossie, 22, is currently training to be a teaching assistant and runs her own drama club StageDaze at Hill Street Baptist Church in the town.
She told the Mail: “I am planning a trip to Ghana in June to teach children in orphanages, schools and community centres.
“I will spend up to three weeks teaching English and also hope to do extra curricular activities with the children.
“I hope to get the children from the village involved in putting on a show.”
It is not the first time Joanne has been to Africa. She has been to Kenya, where she went on safari.
“From reading about it on the internet, it seems like everybody in Ghana is really friendly and it is safe.
“I am very excited about the project.”
Joanne needs to raise money towards the cost of the trip, as well as to pay for malaria nets and anything else the children may need.
She explained that a lot of Ghanaian orphanages can’t afford even basic school resources.
The trip will see her head to Ghana on her own and live in a house with fellow volunteers from around the globe.
She has started planning fund-raising events to cover the costs involved such as flights.
Joanne is a former Granville Sports College student and has a degree in businesses and theatre from Staffordshire University. She is currently studying at Burton and South Derbyshire College.
On top of her achievements she is also learning sign language and works part-time at Wing Wah in Burton.
To raise funds Joanne is organising a number of events including a six- hour dance event, a vintage tea party and a show that will be staged by her school in May.
Joanne, who will undertake a PGCE teacher training course at Derby University, hopes to learn from the experience as well as the youngsters.
For more information on the fund-rasing events call Joanne 0798 0340325.