My name is Kayleigh Percival, I am a 19-year-old female student from Eastbourne, East Sussex. I have just finished studying A Levels in Maths, Art and BTEC Production Arts at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne. I have been fortunate enough to have been selected for a year’s voluntary work placement in South Africa representing Project Trust.

Project Trust is the oldest educational gap year charity specialising in long term voluntary work placements for school leavers.  They have been pioneering year-long placements in Africa, Asia, and the Americas for young people aged 17-19 since 1967.

On 7th September 2017, I embarked on the amazing opportunity and adventure to work within a children’s home in South Africa.

For me to participate in this once in a life time opportunity and provide these children with the education all children deserve, I had to fundraise £6200. This will cover my training, debriefing, plane ticket, living expenses, accommodation, insurance, overseas support, operating expenses as well as operating costs and overheads for the Charity itself.

The year in South Africa will benefit the children I will be working with as it will give them an opportunity to have positive, young role model who they can trust and confide in. My aim is to also help guide them through their childhood/teens and make a positive impact whilst creating some amazing memories for both them and myself.

I hope to also gain a lot of new skills and life lessons to help me develop into a better version of myself.