An 18-year-old Whitby student has jetted halfway across the globe to take on a role as English teacher in Nepal.
Ellie Brettle, who raised funds to go on this trip, has now arrived in the capital Kathmandu, which was badly hit by an earthquake last year.
She will be working for eight months with the educational Charity Project Trust.
Her mum, Susan, said: “At first I thought she’s got to raise a lot of money, and it’s going to be quite hard.
“People have been so generous though.
“She has been overwhelmed by the response.”
Ellie thanks everybody in the Whitby community who supported her, local charities and community groups, businesses and individuals.
Before she left, Ellie said: “I really appreciated everyone’s support, from all those who bought a cake at the cake sales or put something in the buckets at the bag pack, to the larger donations I received from charitable groups.
“Every little thing helped.”
Ellie is to spend a week in Kathmandu before heading out into the countryside west of Pokhara to a new project in a village.
She will be working alongside another volunteer from Lancashire, and will return in August.