A NURSE from Salisbury is setting off to volunteer at a hospital in Africa next week.

Lesley Howe, who has worked as a staff nurse at Salisbury District Hospital for the last 11 years, is heading to a hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, on Wednesday.

“I’ve always wanted to work abroad in my profession and it’s now or never really,” said Ms Howe.

“I love travelling and I wanted to go out there and learn some skills and enjoy what Africa has to offer.”

Ms Howe, 52, will spend a month volunteering along with a number of doctors and physiotherapists, and a group of retired people.

She said: “It will be lovely to live with a local family as well, so I can immerse myself in the culture.”