Growing up I spent a lot of my time either exploring the world or daydreaming about it, and I was never oblivious to the fact there were people in countries out there who were less fortunate.
Every year, millions of people across the world die due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. They lack the resources, infrastructure and knowledge crucial to reducing poverty and the risk of disease, ultimately saving lives.
I'm fundraising for the Charity Raleigh International - the money raised will go directly towards improving health and hygiene, whilst also contributing to positive change around gender equality, local governance, school attendance and environmental awareness.
I will be staying in a homestay within a local community for 4 weeks, helping to improve facilities and influence new behaviours that will support locals in the future; working alongside schools and groups to create awareness about the importance of hand washing and safe water; building water tanks, toilet blocks and hand washing stations; and helping improve access to education through building schools in indigenous areas.
I'm motivated to make positive change, and in the future would like to work in an international context, either as a correspondent, journalist or development worker. Through this expedition I hope to make a sustainable, positive impact, learn some of the skills that might be needed in the future, and bring back knowledge that can be passed on to others to develop a network of likeminded people, motivated to build a better future.