STUDENTS are preparing to venture overseas in what is expected to be a life changing African experience.
Cleveland College of Art & Design BA (Honours) textiles and surface design students Lauren Wilson and Anni Cranston will work in Tanzania this summer.
Their decision follows an inspiring talk by former college student Lindsey Murray who volunteered a few years ago and is now living and working there.
Lauren, 22, of Hartlepool, said: “It was her passion for what she does that has inspired me. She is helping so many children out there for a better future and it really got me thinking.”
Anni, 21, of Newcastle, said: “Lindsey showed us pictures of the local children and it just really touched me, won me over and that’s when I decided I wanted to go and help.”
Lauren and Anni are both hoping to become teachers in the future and they are aiming to use their skills in the local school in a town called Arusha.
Lauren said: “It will help me decide if teaching is definitely what I want to do and working with children of a different culture will be really interesting.
“I am really looking forward to meeting everybody and to understand what’s happening out there.”
Lauren and Anni are both working hard trying to raise sponsorship money to support their trip to Africa on July 30 and recently staged a three-legged walk around Hartlepool to try and raise awareness and funds.
“The reaction from people was great,” she said. “There were lots of cars beeping and people laughing at us, but we didn’t mind as it was all for a good cause.”
The girls managed to raise £80 on the walk towards a total of around £1,000 to fund the trip and anyone interested in sponsoring them can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Lecturer in textiles and surface design Claire Baker said: “Lauren and Anni are committed and motivated students who are pro-active in looking for new opportunities.
“I am very proud that they are taking on such an exciting challenge and I am sure they will be just fabulous.”