Student Lorraine Meekings wants to go into teaching to make a difference to young lives and the same goal is taking her to the slums of Goa.
Lorraine, 20, from Rickinghall, is going to the state on the western coast of India with her university in February to work with children in nurseries, hospices and in the slums
She is in her second year of a BA course in early years teaching at the Colchester Institute.
“One of my life goals is to improve lives, which was one of the reasons I want to go into teaching,” she said. “It has crossed my mind to do some sort of relief work”
She has never travelled outside of Europe before, so has no experience of the hardships of life in the developing world.
“I’m a bit nervous because I’ve never experienced anything like it before, but I know we’re going to make a difference to people there,” she said.
At the moment she is trying to raise £300 to go to two Indian children’s charities to be spent on educational resources, which she feels will make an immediate difference to the children.
Goa, a former Portuguese colony, is the fourth smallest Indian state with a population of 1.34 million, which is growing at a rate of 14.9 per cent a decade.
According to the Reserve Bank of India, Goa has the lowest percentage of people below the poverty line in India, at 5.09 per cent, compared to an Indian average of 21.92 per cent.
To support Lorraine, visit her Just Giving page