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AXMINSTER: Abbie to teach in India

Thursday, 15 May 2014

ON THE MOVE:  Abbie Dowse (bottom row, right hand side) with fellow students in Scotland

ON THE MOVE: Abbie Dowse (bottom row, right hand side) with fellow students in Scotland

Axe Valley Community College student Abbie Dowse will swap the Sixth Form surroundings when she travels to India to teach next year. Abbie, who lives in Seaton, will be going to India with Project Trust, an educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering placements for school-leavers. She will travel to India in January and spend eight months teaching in a school. The selection process for Project Trust was a tough one starting with candidates having to make their own way to the headquarters situated in a remote island in Scotland, The Isle of Coll. A week-long residential stay on the island followed with Abbie having to teach, present and have interviews. Group work, team building and community work including the digging of potato beds were all part of the regime. There were only 30 places for the trip and after being selected Abbie said: “I had a brilliant week on selection in the remote Isle of Coll. “I cannot wait for my year of volunteering ahead. “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to experience and immerse myself into a completely new culture as part of their community.” On successful completion of her teaching abroad, Abbie will also be awarded The One Award Level 3 Foundation in Global Volunteering and Citizenship, recognised by universities with a weighting of 70 UCAS points.

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