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Esther puts new skills to good use back home after Nicaragua trip
6:00pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Headlines
A FORMER Ashley Heath resident is keen to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable development after returning from working on a project tackling poverty in Nicaragua.
Esther Fisher, 24, worked alongside volunteers from Nicaragua for ten weeks, as part of the UK government-funded development programme, International Citizen Service (ICS).
Esther worked on a project run by the development charity, Raleigh International in which 2000 trees were planted and 20 environmentally-friendly ovens were built, to use less wood.
ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to develop personally and learn about team working and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities in one of 28 countries.
Esther is now using her experience overseas to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable development. This ‘Action at Home’ project is a key part of ICS and means UK and overseas communities benefit from the skills that volunteers gain while working in developing countries. Volunteers are encouraged to use their Action at Home to raise awareness about their overseas work and increase understanding of global development issues, or support a project in their home community.
Examples include awareness-raising events about HIV and AIDS, regularly giving time to local disability charities, lobbying MPs to highlight climate change issues, and linking a UK school with a school in a developing community.
Esther said: “It was really challenging but rewarding work in Nicaragua and now I’m back at home, I feel so inspired and motivated by the strong people I lived and worked with.”
Esther will be taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London on November 9 when Raleigh International has a float.
She said: “I’ve picked up project management, leadership and communication skills as a result of ICS. It’s a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and I’d encourage anyone aged 18-25 to get involved in this incredible life-changing experience!”
Brian Rockliffe, director of ICS, said: “We’re passionate about investing in young people. ICS creates active citizens who make a lifelong contribution to positive change in the UK and developing countries.”
To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.ics-uk.org.uk or call 0208 7807400.
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