Rachel gears up for Africa teaching trip

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A TEENAGER will help build a new school for an African community when she embarks on the trip of a lifetime.

Rachel Horne, 16, will spend a month in Tanzania this summer where she plans to take on a double challenge of teaching schoolchildren and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

She’s now well on the way to raising £4,000 for the trip, which she hopes to make in July.

Rachel, from Stoneway in Badby, said: “I know some people from my school who are going to Nepal to do the World Challenge, which is an educational trip to developing countries.

“That’s where the idea for my trip came from, but I didn’t want to do it through the school with the security of accompanying teachers; I wanted to do it on my own.

“So I called the people at World Challenge to discuss the possibility of doing something myself and that’s when we came up with this idea.

“They decided that going to Africa would be more suited to me because it’s more of a physical trip, which I’m looking forward to.

“I’ll be going out there with 11 other people from a few sports clubs, but I don’t know any of them so hopefully I’ll fit in OK.”

Rachel can’t wait to get going and desperately wants to make a difference to people’s lives in the East African country.

The Rugby High School pupil added: “I know it sounds like a cliche but I really do love travelling and seeing other people’s cultures

“And you always hear about troubles in other countries but it doesn’t seem relevant when we are so far away. So by going there I think it makes it relevant and hopefully I can make a difference.

“I’ll hopefully be teaching English, that’s the subject I think I’d be best at, and I’ll also be helping to build a new school and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

“I know that’s going to be really tough so I’m now going to the gym about three times a week. It will be worth it because I want to be able to enjoy the climb and not worry about my next step. I’m also going for lots of walks at the weekends so hopefully I’ll be fit enough.”

Rachel has so far raised £2,800 for the trip and is now concentrating on getting the rest of the money.

She said: “I’m working on Saturday nights as a waitress in the Windmill Inn in the village and also doing a bit of babysitting.

“I’ve had so much support, even from people who don’t know me which I’m so grateful for.”

Rachel is also holding a jumble sale in Badby Village Hall on March 21 to raise funds for the trip.

If you have anything you’d like to donate or want to support her trek call 01327 311441 or email rachel.horne@ hotmail.co.uk.