Erin to teach Thai children

Erin Smith. INPT08-020

Erin Smith. INPT08-020

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An Annaghmore student, who is studying English A-level, is planning to put her language skills to good use as a volunteer teacher in Thailand.

Erin Smith, a pupil at Lurgan College, will be heading for the Far East in August to teach primary school children English.

Seventeen-year-old Erin will be working for the charity Project Trust. It annually selects 280-300 young people from across the UK and Europe for year-long voluntary teaching and social care projects.

Erin, who doesn’t yet know if she will be based in a city or a rural area, said, “In Thailand over 60 per cent of the teachers have insufficient knowledge of English and teaching methodology.

“I will be working in an understaffed primary school teaching these children an essential language. This experience will enhance their chance of getting a job and being able to provide for their family.”

She will also have the opportunity to set up a project which could vary from after-school activities to volunteering in an orphanage.

As a leader with Annaghmore MUG (Me You and God), and a GFS member, Erin enjoys working with children.

She is also a member of the South Ulster Academy Band, and a trumpet and piano player, and plans to use her musical skills to enhance her lessons.

Erin. who hopes to be a social worker, has already raised more than half the £5,900 needed to fund the trip.