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Life-altering mission to Ghana for Karina

Conditions where Karina Rattray (pictured) teaches are a far cry from her own education in Arbroath.

Conditions where Karina Rattray (pictured) teaches are a far cry from her own education in Arbroath.

An Arbroath teenager who raised money to volunteer abroad has had an eye-opening experience teaching in Ghana.

Former Arbroath High School pupil Karina Rattray left in September to teach maths, English, science and IT in the impoverished African state.

She said: “Living and working over here really has been eye opening and absolutely life changing. It honestly feels like I have stepped into the television and I am starring in an Oxfam ad.”

Karina continued: “In terms of teaching I am thoroughly enjoying it. The schools are very different from home; where I teach the only resources I have are a chalkboard, chalk and a couple of textbooks.

“Teaching a new skill to the children, and then seeing them practice it and hand in work that turns out to be almost all correct is such a wonderful feeling. As scary as it is having a child’s education in your hands it is extremely rewarding being part of it and seeing the progress of the wee things.

“Before Project Trust I had never stood up in front of a class as a teacher or had any experience teaching anyone anything and would never have considered doing it in my life, but after dipping my feet into it here I’m now considering carrying it on and applying for primary teaching at university.”

She concluded: “I just want to say that I cannot thank you enough for following my fund-raising journey and getting word out to Arbroath about it. I would not have been able to do this without your help last year. It has completely changed my life and I know I won’t come home the same person that left Scotland.”

 

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