Welcome home amigo! Charlotte’s back from Mexico

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Benderloch teenager Charlotte Jackson-Stark is back from Mexico after ‘the best experience’ of her life – so far!

The 14-year-old was the youngest of 10 Girl Guides representing Scotland on an international volunteering project in July.

Charlotte, who is a young leader with North Connel Guides and goes to Oban High School, spent part of  her summer holiday finding out more about Mexican culture, seeing the sights, tasting the best street food tacos, jumping 30ft in waterfalls, climbing the world’s second highest pyramid and helping an anti-abuse project promote girl power and girls’ rights.

She was based at one of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ five centres 80kms away from Mexico City and had to raise £2,000 to fund the trip.

And she was also able to make a £300 donation to a school where she volunteered in Cuernavaca and plans to stay in touch.

Charlotte will also be keeping up-to-date with two new best friends she met from Canada and hopes to see again soon.

‘I thought it was just something they make up when they say you’ll make friends for life but you really do. The trip was the best experience of my life,’ she said.

Organising bake sales, online sales and a bag pack in Tesco helped get to funding goal. She also had lots of support from Oban businesses, the Anne Scott Fund and some funding from GirlGuiding Scotland.

Charlotte and her family are planning a fundraising auction later this year to raise more money for the school at which she helped.