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Oban teenager Megan Evans is two months into a volunteering project teaching disadvantaged children in South Africa.
The 17-year-old who had to raise funds to take part in the Project Trust programme has managed to take some time out, to dip her toes in the Indian Ocean – which reminded of her being at home by the sea.
‘It was my first time setting foot in the Indian Ocean, a very weird but awesome feeling. It was warm! Very different from our baltic Atlantic,’ she said.
‘Our basic day consists of working from 7.30am to 12.30pm in the Enrichment Centre which is the block of the school for children with special needs. There are kids who have very high functioning autism to those who are wheelchair bound and need help with everything they do. I have definitely been pushed out of my comfort zone here but I have loved every moment,’ said Megan who has also been helping the youngsters get ready for their annual Christmas concert.
‘We have been doing our ten hour working days then staying on to work till 9pm most nights to finish our tasks. We have made millions of props and tie dyed outfits, very very stressful but fun at the same time!’ she told The Oban Times.
Time off for Megan and her co-volunteers will involve a trip to Cape Town and a concert on New Years Eve.
‘It will be a big contrast to how we normally spend Christmas as we are obviously away from home and it will also nearly be 40 degrees!’ she said.