TEENAGER Evie Oldfield is set for a mercy mission that could set her back much more than the £5,000 cost of the trip.
The 18-year-old, of Longley Lane in Longley, will head to Peru in South America in August after completing her A-levels.
She will spend a year working in an orphanage, teaching English and providing hands-on help to children.
The Greenhead College student needs to raise £5,000 to fund the expedition.
But university fees are to rise from roughly £3,290 per year now to a maximum of £9,000 a year from 2012. So deferring her university studies for a year until 2012 will end up costing her thousands of pounds more.
Evie, who hopes to attend Birmingham University to study modern languages with business said: “I’m deferring my place, so I’ll have to pay a lot more to go to university.
“It did make me think about my decision, but it’s something I really want to do and I won’t get the chance again.” Evie has already worked abroad before, spending time in a school for the blind and for an animal conservation project when she went to Malawi in Africa in 2009.
“It gave me a passion for travel and for helping people,” she added.
She has so far raised about £2,000 for her Peru trip, which is organised by educational charity Project Trust.
Project Trust began in 1967 when Nicholas Maclean-Bristol set up an educational trust aimed at sending young people abroad to work alongside local communities.
The first three boys went to work at a school owned by Prince Alexander Desta, the grandson of the then Emperor of Ethiopia, in a shanty town in Addis Ababa.
Over the years almost 6,000 young people have followed in the footsteps of the three pioneers.
They have gone to more than 50 countries, teaching English, working with Aids suffers in South Africa, monitoring locust swarms in Mauritania, and delivering babies in Jamaica and South Africa.
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