Rothesay pupil’s ‘amazing experience’ of Indian medicine

Sophie Duncan (far right) with her fellow Project Abroad workers in Madurai, India.
Sophie Duncan (far right) with her fellow Project Abroad workers in Madurai, India.

While most secondary school pupils will be spending their summer holidays working part-time, or relaxing and unwinding on holiday, one Rothesay Academy pupil has been having the experience of a lifetime.

Back in March we reported on Sophie Duncan’s efforts to raise enough money to allow her to spend a two-week placement with Projects Abroad, working in hospitals in India.

Sophie has now returned from a fortnight’s stay in Madurai which, in her own words, she sums up as “an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life”.

While there, Sophie experienced first-hand the realities of the health service in the world’s second most populous country, including a leprosy clinic and a hospice for those who have been disowned by their families.

Sophie said: “Overall, I learned to be grateful for the things and the people I have in my life.

“Although there were days that I found particularly difficult I am glad to have been given the opportunity to see things in a way I would never have been able to in my day-to-day life.

“It was an amazing experience, and I would like to thank everyone who helped me raise the money for the trip, because without you it would not have been possible.”

* You can read about Sophie’s adventure in full in the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 2.