Enderby teenager sets sights on volunteer role in Ghana

amy bowlerIn September, Enderby resident Amy Bowley plans to volunteer for 12 weeks on a development programme in Ghana as part of International Citizen Service (ICS).

ICS brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed most. The UK Government backed organisation provides volunteering opportunities to 18-25 year olds.

Amy has chosen to work alongside volunteers from Ghana and other partners on a project designed to increase peoples understanding of their rights to empower and foster growth and change.

ICS works with communities that have specifically requested their help. It also aims to inspire young people in the UK and overseas to become active citizens who are passionate about long term community development.

Speaking to Enderby EYE Amy said:

“I first thought about doing this trip after I’d been doing other types of volunteering with friends and saw the videos of the work people do overseas. My aunty said she knew someone who worked with the charity ICS and so I applied to them and I got on”

In order to fulfil her voluntary ambition, Amy needs to raise £800 for International Service who are one of the respected development charities that deliver ICS. This will allow them to continue to bring about positive change in the developing communities where they work.

Amy recently undertook a two day training session as one of a group of thirty volunteers. The training covered detailing the background of the [ICS] charity and the organising of projects to give the volunteers a taster of the work.

How is the fundraising going? Amy says she is reasonably confident.

Amy completed the ‘Living Below The Line’ challenge (chosing to eat and drink on £1 a day for 5 days), baking and selling cakes, bag packing and contacting local businesses for support.

“I bake cakes”, she said “…and I thought about setting up a website from which to sell cakes – rather than organising cake stalls on different days”.

With just over 6 weeks to go Amy also has plans to raise funds by further bag-packing at a supermarket.

Amy’s progress can be followed on her JustGiving page.

Details of the International Service charity’s work and its volunteer programme can be found here at http://www.internationalservice.org.uk.

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