The head girl at Wetherby High School is heading out to Morocco, where she will volunteer for three separate charitable organisations.
For 10 days in September, Emma Lees will feed the homeless, visit shelters, support disadvantaged children in schools and orphanages, and work with a Down’s Syndrome project in Marrakech.
The trip is organised by the charity Original Volunteers. This will be the first time Emma has worked with them, as well as the first time she has visited Morocco.
She said: “I have always wanted to help others and now that I’m older I can spread that out further afield.
“I am really looking forward to working with children. My part time job is at an after school club at St Joseph’s and also in Shadwell and I really enjoy that so it will be good to do that there.
“I just want to get a feeling of doing good and helping people that are more disadvantaged than me.”
Before she leaves, Emma needs to raise £800 for the trip and she is working on finding sponsors to make this money once her A level exams are over in the summer.
Emma is receiving a helping hand from her school and local community.
Wetherby High School acting headteacher Lucie Lakin said: “We are very proud of the community spirit and commitment to charity that all our students embrace.
“Emma’s trip and project typifies this and we are delighted that she continues to demonstrate the determination, kindness and resilience that has made her such a fantastic ambassador for Wetherby High School.”
Mrs Lakin added that Emma will return to Wetherby High School in the autumn term of the new academic year to speak with students about everything she has learned and achieved.
She said: “We will be following her travels closely. The support of the local community has been fantastic and we wish her all the very best.”
Emma’s volunteering efforts will take place before she goes to the University of Newcastle to study law.
She is also in process of setting up a fundraising website to encourage sponsorship.