A Doncaster man has just returned from a 10 week volunteering trip in South America.
Daniel Hooton, 21, from Woodlands, spent his time in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, working alongside local volunteers to tackle poverty.
He said: “The other volunteers and I repaired some of the communities wells which were slowly breaking, as well as constructing shower rooms and clothes washing stations at the wells to save people carrying water for miles back to their homes.
“The other main thing we did is teach basic English to the children. My highlight would have to be working with the children, the children were always so happy, always saying thank you and they appreciated everything that we did.
“It was really challenging but rewarding work in Nicaragua and now I’m back at home, I feel so inspired and motivated by the people I lived and worked with. I’m keen to get involved in more local charity work.
“This is just the first step to me becoming more active in my community, raising awareness and hopefully making a positive change in the world.”
Daniel was working as part of the government funded development project called International Citizen Service (ICS), which gives anyobe aged 18-25 the chance to volunteer in developing countries.
The project was run by development charity Raleigh International, which aims to improve water sanitation and management in rural communities.
Daniel is now using his experience to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable development.
He said: “I’ve picked up project management, leadership and communication skills as a result of ICS. It’s a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and I’d encourage anyone to get out there and do it.”
To find out more about ICS, visit www.volunteerics.org.
To find out more about Raleigh International, visit www.raleighinternational.org