Volunteer to help build in Uganda

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Africa bound . . . Volunteer Olivia Hyslop, of Outram, is set to help build a secondary school in a remote village in Uganda in November. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O'CONNOR

A Taieri woman has accepted an opportunity to embark on a special expedition to East Central Africa to help change the lives of many.

Olivia Hyslop (23), of Outram, said it was “surreal” to be accepted to be part of a group of volunteers from across New Zealand travelling to the remote village Kkoba in Uganda in November.

During the one-month trip, the volunteers would help build a secondary school, which would provide practical education for children from an intermediate level to adulthood.

Since being accepted, her emotions have been a mix of “excited, nervous and scared at the unknown and it being so far away”.

The school would include a creative learning centre for teaching practical skills, which would be open to the community.

The Otago Polytechnic first year nursing student said she learned of the work of Purpose Projects – the international volunteer organisation behind the programme – at nursing school.

“I hadn’t really thought of going overseas volunteering until after my degree, but this seemed like too good of an opportunity to turn down.”

Her previous volunteering experience included helping out at the local church.

She now needs to raise $6000 to go towards the construction of the school, flights, insurance, accommodation and administration.

The fundraising plans include selling cheese rolls, scratchy boards and bottles of gin donated by Cardrona Distillery.

The distillery also gave vouchers for a tour of its operation for her to auction.

Anyone wishing to help can visit the website www.purposeprojects.org.nz/user/olivia.hyslop/