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Project in India has inspired student volunteer from Edith Weston

Emily Pritchard, of Edith Weston, during a volunteering trip to India

Emily Pritchard, of Edith Weston, during a volunteering trip to India

A student hopes to inspire other young people to volunteer abroad after spending three months in India.

Emily Pritchard, of Jubilee Close, Edith Weston, joined the International Citizen Scheme to promote health campaigns in Chengalpattu. She led sessions on sanitation and dental hygiene for children and took part in a dance performance to raise awareness of HIV and Aids.

Emily, 22, said: “It was a truly mad, exciting and challenging three months. A highlight for me was a workshop for former street children. It was inspiring to talk to these young people who had gone through so much yet remain so positive.”

The programme is a government-funded scheme for 18 to 25-year-olds which runs projects in 24 countries across the world.

Emily, a student at King’s College, London, said: “It’s an excellent way to see the world, immerse yourself in another culture and get experience of development work. The challenges are many but if you are determined and open-minded then you will thrive.”

 

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