A Kirkcaldy woman is hoping to make a difference to the lives of young people in India when she takes part in an international volunteering programme from September.
Wallis Grant (21) has been selected to join a government sponsored venture which will see her spending three months in the Tamil region, working with teenagers on various youth-led initiatives, particularly on health and livelihoods.
The scheme - which will see the former Balwearie High pupil volunteering with the charity Restless Development International - is in association with the International Citizenship Service Abroad programme which sends 18-25 year olds to developing countries to volunteer with projects on the ground.
As part of being accepted onto the scheme, Wallis is committed to raising £800 for the charity and so far she has collected £288.
The St Andrews University graduate said: “I knew about the programme as two of my friends have taken part before although they were volunteering with different charities.
“I thought it seemed like a really worthwhile programme to be involved in compared to others I had heard about. My friends really enjoyed it so it was nice to know people who had done it already.”
Wallis will be working with 11-17 year olds teaching them computer skills, how to write CVs and complete job applications as well as engaging with them and discussing any issues they may have.
She continued: “Young people there often feel like they don’t have a voice and might be reluctant to talk to adults about any problems, so it helps to have other young people they can speak to more openly.”
Wallis will be travelling in a group of 20 volunteers from all over the UK on September 25 and will be returning on December 18.
She has started fundraising for the trip by holding car boot and bake sales and her dad is also supporting her by organising a sponsored football tournament through his work.
“I’m really excited about it and looking forward to becoming part of the family I will be staying with. It will definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Wallis welcomes any donations from people or businesses who would like to sponsor her. Visit: www.justgiving.com/Wallis-Grant-ICSRestless