An exciting Gap year is on the cards for one intrepid student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull, as she plans a year abroad in Cambodia, starting this summer.
Meenakshi Parmar (aged 18, from Birmingham) is planning to volunteer in Cambodia for a year with Project Trust. Although the exact destination is still to be confirmed, it is likely that she will have a combined role of both social care and teaching at an orphanage in the country. She heard about the opportunity at the College’s Higher Education Fair last summer.
“I was not sure if I wanted to go away for the whole year,” explained Meenakshi. “However, I talked to Project Trust and I liked the sound of what they offer, so I decided to go for it. I went up to Scotland for five days for their selection process. It involved climbing a mountain, teaching a class and things like that. I was asked to pick three countries I would consider for my Gap year and my first choice was Cambodia.
“I knew nothing about Cambodia except that there was genocide there in the past, but I was interested because I thought it sounded like an interesting and diverse country. I’m a bit apprehensive, of course, but it is very exciting too. I want to work in the third sector (voluntary sector) so this should be good experience for me.”
She is currently in her second year of an A level programme, studying English Literature, Politics and Religious Studies. She already has an A grade in AS History as well.
Meenakshi has been set a challenging target of raising £5,600 for this trip, but already has managed an impressive £4,500. Anyone who wishes to help her get to her target can donate online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/meenakshiparmar.