Zoe’s world challenge appeal

PUBLISHED: 16:12 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:12 08 August 2013

Zoe is looking to travel abroad next year.

Zoe is looking to travel abroad next year.


Dunkeswell student aims to take part in three week expedition.

A Honiton Community College student is appealing for funding as she aims to take apart in a three week education expedition abroad.

Zoe Keitch, pictured, 15, of Culme Way, Dunkeswell, intends to travel to Costa Rica and Nicaragua next July as part of World Challenge.

World Challenge is the original schools expedition company, offering students the chance to explore the world while making a difference to their communities.

Other schools in the UK also participate, and Zoe will help finish a build of a school while on her expedition.
“When we touch down in Costa Rica, we have to walk to our destined village in Nicaragua,” Zoe said. “Along the way, we visit five volcanoes over the six day trek and then, once we arrive, we get settled and start painting the school and finish any building work. We also get given a budget to spend on food and necessities – and as Spanish is the main dialect, I’ve had to learn to speak in it. This is a great way of helping other people and experiencing a different part of the world.”

Before she leaves, Zoe has to complete a three day training expedition at the World Challenges’ Leadership and Development Centre in the Peak District to develop a variety of personal attributes.

“We’ll be taught how to filter dirty water to make it clean, amongst other things,” said Zoe.

Zoe has set herself the task of raising £3,395 to cover the cost of the expedition, and has arranged various events to help contribute towards the funding. She and her family intend to host a grand auction with a raffle at the Throgmorton Community Hall in Dunkeswell on Saturday, September 28. Amongst the items up for grabs include Taunton Racecourse tickets, Exeter Chief’s rugby tickets and food hampers.

If you wish to support Zoe or provide items for the auction, contact her on 01404 891015.

Sponsor forms can be found in Highfield Stores, Inspirations Hairdressers and the Highfield Sports and Social Club in Dunkeswell.

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