Trip of a lifetime for Midlands volunteer

Ailish Connell

Ailish Connell

This summer, 20-year-old will embark on a journey of a lifetime and travel to Lesotho and work as a volunteer for ten weeks.

Growing up in a family of six, with good moral values, she was always taught to be mindful of others and give back to the community. Having been inspired by an organisation called Skillshare International she applied to volunteer, and later was accepted to join a team of volunteers who will fly out on the 29th of June 2015 for a ten week placement in a small country surrounded my South Africa called Lesotho.

Here Ailish will work with the Olympic Youth Ambassadors Programme (OYAP) which is organised by the Lesotho National Olympics committee and aims to develop young people through working as a community and sport. This is aimed at orphans, vulnerable children and young adults between the ages of 9 to 21. By engaging the youngsters through community projects and sport she can begin to build trust and confidence of those involved whilst targeting important issues such as HIV/AIDS, de-stigmatisation of HIV testing, sexual health, basic human rights, and most importantly basic life skills.

Once returning back from her placement she will begin to work with Skillshare International within her community to help fight poverty at home.

Ailish has set up a Just Giving page to help raise £800 for the organisation, she will hold cake sales, a fundraising night and a weekend of bag packing, as well as relying on kind donations to help reach her target.

You can donate at or text AGGC48 and the amount you would like to donate (£1, £5, £10) to 70070.

All funds raised will go straight to Skillshare International to help change lives. None of proceeds raised will go to the cost of the trip, which is funded by the department for international development.