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.