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Rea on African mission
5:24pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A GEOGRAPHY student from Unsworth has certainly broadened her horizons after undertaking a trip of a lifetime to Africa as a volunteer for a Christian charity.
Rea Hattersley, aged 18, spent five weeks in Ghana, along with other young people as part of an educational scheme run by Lasallian Developing World Projects.
The organisation has operated successfully in a dozen different countries, helping poorer communities by building school workshops, youth centres and housing for teachers well as teaching English and other subjects.
The teenager, who has just gained her A-levels in geography, sociology and English from Holy Cross College, said: “Lasallian Developing World Projects has been established for a quite a while.
“They sent an email to the college and I got an application form to become part of one of their groups. I went out to Kaleo in Ghana and did some teaching as well as helping build accommodation for teachers so the school could have staff. The school itself had been built by Lasallian.”
Rea, of Wavell Drive, added: “We made bricks from cement and took part in the construction. I also taught English songs to the children, who were aged between five and 14.
“I particularly remember some words of wisdom from a local villager, Bruno, who inspired me throughout my time in Kaleo. He told me that 'nationality means little. It is not where you're from, but where you find yourself'”.
Commenting on her five-week volunteering stint, Rea continued: “It was an amazing experience and something that will stay with me forever. It’s certainly something I’d like to do again in another country.”
The former St Monica’s High School pupil, is to continue studying geography at Leeds University.
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