Next year she will be a teaching assistant in a school in the suburbs of Santiago, helping children improve their English and abilities in other subjects.
“My placement will give me the opportunity to contribute and develop my skills in a new community, as well as experiencing and learning from a new and vibrant culture,” she said.
Project Trust sends more than 300 young volunteers to teaching and care projects in developing areas of Africa, Asia and South America. The Scotland-based educational charity aims to provide young people with an educational experience through living and working with people in communities different to those in which they grew up, having a positive impact, without taking jobs away from local people.
To go overseas with Project Trust, Ellie has the challenge of raising £6,200 by summer 2017. So far she has raised money by holding raffles, doing a sponsored Boxing Day swim, selling refreshments and hosting a live music event.
Her next fundraising event is a race night at Reepham College on Saturday 8 April, followed by a quiz and chips evening on Friday 19 May. She also hopes to organise a Three Peaks Challenge and tabletop sales.
Ellie has a Facebook page that she will keep up to date with ongoing and upcoming events, and a Virgin Money Giving page for online donations.
She is grateful for donations and any recommended contacts that could help with her fundraising. If you wish to get in touch, please call Ellie on 01603 872352 or email