Penarth student bids to teach youngsters in South America's poorest country
8:40pm Sunday 30th March 2014 in News
A PENARTH student that has dreams of becoming a doctor is hoping to spend a year teaching children in one of South America’s poorest countries
Stanwell School pupil Tamas Barry is planning on spending a year working in the former British colony Guyana teaching primary school children basic science.
Year 13 student Tamas needs to raise more than £5,000 to go on the trip with the charity Project Trust, which sends roughly 200 young volunteers abroad to 25 countries annually.
Tamas, who began his fundraising with a cake sale at Belle Vue Park last Tuesday (March 25), said he was inspired to volunteer for the charity after a talk was given in school about the work that Project Trust does.
"There were loads of projects that ranged from the likes of Tokyo, which would be mostly urban, right down to the likes of Guyana, where it is so rural that you are living in mud huts," he said.
"I can't think of a better way to do it and I'm looking forward to living without comforts like wifi and mobile phones.
"I've been to Africa before, but I want to experience South American culture and teach local youngsters."
Tamas, who is set to embark on the year long trip in August before studying Medicine at Cardiff University, added:
“My goal over these 12 months is to help improve the quality of basic education for children.
“My work will form part of a larger project aimed at ending generational cycles of poverty by giving children more opportunities in the future.”
He added that he has a number of fundraising events planned, from running up 14 peaks in 24 hours in North Wales and running a relay from south to north Wales with his dad, to a Ceilidh night at St Catherine’s Hall in Cardiff on April 4.
You can sponsor him at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tamasguyan