A south Norfolk school student has urged others his age to explore the opportunities of volunteer trips abroad, after calling his summer expedition to Thailand a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.
Jack Allison, aged 16, of Colegate End Road in Pulham Market, spent two weeks in the country’s Phang Nga province, helping to perform vital voluntary work at education and community centres as part of a scheme organised by Global Vision International.
Jack, who will begin A-level studies at Bungay High Sixth Form this month after completing his GCSEs at Archbishop Sancroft High School, paid for the trip after raising £2,300 in donations from family, friends, the school and Harleston Rotary Club.
He told the Diss Express: “The trip was one of the first times in my young life that I’ve actually made a dream a reality, the first time I’ve turned a thought into an action.
“I would say to people they should definitely do it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and what you get out of it is really amazing.”
His work included carrying out activities with children at an orphanage and a facility for people with disabilities, and getting involved with a cleaning project at a turtle conservation centre.
Jack added: “I have learned to stop dreaming and start doing and it is incredible what you can achieve from that. I’ll certainly be doing more charitable work in the future.”