‘Lend a hand to developing world,’ says Flora, 18, from Lympstone

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 March 2016

Flora (second from right on the back row) on her Tanzania trip.

Flora (second from right on the back row) on her Tanzania trip.


A Lympstone woman is urging others to lend a hand to people in the developing world.

Flora Laney-Hubbard, 18, has recently returned from 12 weeks in Tanzania in Africa as part of a government development programme called the International Citizen Service.

She worked with the Raleigh International charity on a project focused on providing safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, climate change and building resilient communities.

She described the experience as ‘life-changing,’ and revealed she now wants to go on to study African studies in London.

Flora, of Longmeadow Road, said: “It was an amazing experience that changed my life. I wanted to go somewhere where you actually can help people and not spend £10,000 just to spend three weeks doing nothing.

“I heard about the International Citizen Service through my mum’s friends’ daughter. I worked with people in Tanzania who helped me to speak the language – I have made friends for life.

“We stayed in the villages of Mbela and Kisaula in southern Tanzania with families and the conditions weren’t bad. Our project is a global water preservation campaign. We all tried to pass on as much knowledge as we could to these people about water safety and sanitation.”

The International Citizen Service allows young people aged from 18 to 25 to contribute to long-term development projects in one of 28 developing countries.

The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about teamwork and leadership on projects of value to communities around the world.

Brian Rockliffe, director of the International Citizen Service, said the project is an opportunity for young people to ‘change things’.

He said: “Our experience of working with young people shows they want to challenge the status quo, take on some of the big issues and make a difference.

“The International Citizen Service creates active citizens who make a lifelong contribution to positive change in the UK and developing countries.”

To find out more information about the International Citizen Service, or to apply, visit www.ics-uk.org.uk or call 0208 780 7400.

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