A former pupil at Rothesay Academy has spoken to The Buteman about her ‘life-changing’ year working with the Project Trust charity in Honduras.
Caitlin Fowler, who left the Academy when her family moved from Bute to Ardrishaig in June 2011, arrived home in Scotland this week after spending a year in the central American country working in a school and then an orphanage under the auspices of the Project Trust charity, based on the island of Coll.
“It was awesome,” Caitlin told us. “I knew I wanted to spend time working somewhere Spanish is the native language, and I’d initially mentioned Chile or Peru, but Project Trust told me they had a spot in Honduras which they thought would really suit me.
“Although I did some research on the web before I left, I didn’t really have a vision of Honduras before I got there. But it was one of those experiences you could never forget - it really was life-changing.”
Project Trust, which has been based on Coll since the organisation was formed nearly half a century ago, organises placements for school leavers overseas for up to a year at a time.
* To read more about Caitlin’s year in Honduras, don’t miss the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 8.