A TRAINEE nurse is set to celebrate completing university by flying to Malawi and helping people in that third world country.
Rebecca Howard, of Normanby, is currently studying nursing full time at the University of Hull, while also working as a carer part-time. However, unlike many graduates who take time to relax after university, Miss Howard is refusing to rest and has instead volunteered as a health care volunteer for the charity RIPPLE Africa.
She said: “I’m due to complete my studies in December and have decided to use the time it takes for my nursing registration to come through, to help people in a very different environment.
“I’ve chosen to volunteer in Malawi as I wish to give something to those who are in less fortunate positionsm to assist those who struggle to maintain good health and who often only seek support in desperate times.”
Miss Howard’s role in the project will see her travel to Malawi in January, where she will stay in a volunteer camp in Mwaya Beach for 12 weeks.
While there she will be volunteering in local health centres and Miss Howard added: “I hope that this experience will be life changing for me and I hope I will impact in a positive way on the lives of those I will be caring for in my stay at Mwaya Beach.”
However, before Miss Howard can get to Malawi she must raise the remaining funds required to pay for the trip, which currently amounts to around £1,700.
She is therefore appealing for the help of Whitby residents and said: “Any financial support given through sponsorship will go towards the cost of vaccinations for Rabies, Yellow Fever and MAlaria as well as the fee for my accommodation while volunteering at Mwaya Beach which I will be passing on, as requested, as a donation to the organisation.”
For more information about Miss Howard’s trip or if you would like to support her, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow her blog buring the trip by logging on to http://frogmellastravels.blog.com