A Gosfield teenager whose heart is set on becoming a doctor is preparing to spend two months in Africa caring for young children.
Rebecca Lyne, from Hall Drive, is aiming to raise £3,200 in order to travel to Ghana during her gap year.
The 18-year-old is hopeful of securing a place studying medicine at university and says she wants to make the most out of her break from the classroom.
“Volunteering is something I have always wanted to do,” said Rebecca. “By doing this, I will be able to get lots of different experiences.”
In an effort to meet her fundraising target, Rebecca has held a number of events and is running a cake sale at her school in Colchester on Wednesday.
“I have already held a cake sale and raised £170 so hopefully I can raise a bit more this time,” she said.
“The money will pay for two months’ accommodation, food and flights. I am still £2,000 short but I have a summer job so I should be ok.”
Rebecca is visiting Ghana as part of a volunteering scheme with Projects Abroad – an organisation which works in developing countries across the world to help improve education and health care needs.
During her time in Africa, Rebecca will be dressing wounds, testing for malaria and giving vaccinations.
“I am really excited about it and my family have been very supportive,” she said.
“It is going to be an emotional experience and probably life-changing. I know I am going to see a variety of things when I get out there and some of it will be sad but it will also be a happy time.”
Although Rebecca has not yet been told the exact location of where she will start her volunteering, she is looking forward to starting after flying out on September 20.
“I can’t wait and am sure it will come around very quickly,” she said.