A 17-YEAR-old student has been selected by an overseas educational charity to teach English in Japan.
Lani Driver, of Rhyl, who is in the middle of her A levels at Llandrillo College, was awarded the volunteer placement by Project Trust after an “intensive selection process” which involved visiting the Isle of Coll in Scotland.
Lani will head to Japan on the 12-month placement next August but will first need to raise £5,900.
Lani said: “I found out I had been selected about a week after returning from the island. I was actually shaking with nerves when the letter arrived and I was just so excited and relieved when I realised I had been accepted.
“I am carrying out fundraising already but I am also looking for sponsorship.
“My cousin Gemma is running 200 miles to help and we’ve approached Sainsbury’s about doing some bag packing.
“On August 30 I will be hosting a gala dinner with entertainment at Elwy Hall in Rhyl. We are also hoping to hold a raffle and auction.”
Lani explained that Project Trust will choose a partner for her to travel with, but she won’t be able to meet her partner until training next year.
She added: “I think the hardest part will be missing my family. My parents are incredibly supportive, but they are sad about me leaving for a year.
“Contact during placement will be somewhat limited; I won’t be able to come home and should only call every now and again. I think they’re struggling with that a little.
“I’m looking forward to the teaching aspects of my placement in the project but I have a massive interest in other cultures and ultimately see my future working in a humanitarian role.”
The event on Wednesday, August 30 will include a three course meal. Tickets are £20.95
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Lani-Driver