Aalana setting her sights on South Africa

New Challenges: Aalana is looking forward to her four week trip later this year.
New Challenges: Aalana is looking forward to her four week trip later this year.

A PETERHEAD woman will be going on a four-week adventure later this year, in the hope of helping others and to see another side of the world.

Aalana Stewart is a 19-year-old Honours Psychology student in her third year at Aberdeen University. She works at Peterhead’s Dorothy Perkins and has always been a keen traveller.

Hearing about the volunteer programme set up by the ISV while at university, she simply couldn’t say no.

“I love travelling,” Aalana told the Buchanie.

“I heard about the trip through university, and when I learned that the main aim of the trip was to help others, I couldn’t say no. A

“t the moment, I volunteer at Avenue doing child contact volunteering, it’s so rewarding and I love helping others, I can’t wait to meet and help the children there, and being able to see their faces when we’ve carried out our tasks will be amazing.”

Aalana will be joining a group of six to eight students on the trip, and looks forward to meeting everyone in her group.

They’ll work together as a team to teach the children English, refurbish their orphanage and help raise awareness to the locals on HIV and AIDS.

She will visit three areas during her trip, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique and will leave her home in Henderson Park on June 22.

The total cost of the trip is £2,500 and Aalana hopes to raise funds to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and building materials.

International Student Volunteers or the ISV which organises the trips are a not-for-profit company, so it is up to the student to pay for the trip themselves.

Aalana is currently organising a bike run from Peterhead to Aberdeen, a pub quiz to take place at the Buchanhaven Hearts, and various other events to help raise funds.

She added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has kindly sponsored me already.”

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Aalana can do so by visiting http://www.isvonline.org/gb/payments and filling in her name and email address, aalana.stewart.09@aberdeen.ac.uk