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Graduate seeks to recruit international development volunteers
2:23pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A SPORTS science graduate who helped establish a women’s football scheme in a Central American country is holding a photographic exhibition in a bid to inspire more volunteers.
After completing her degree at Loughborough University, former Northallerton College student Charlotte Hounsome spent ten weeks volunteering for development charity Progressio on a community development project in Los Encinos, near La Esparanza, Honduras.
Miss Hounsome, 22, said the scheme to train and encourage women to play football had helped tackle gender inequality and had brought the community closer together.
She said: “The whole point of the project is to keep young people on the right track.
“The women had been playing football for a year, but had never had any formal training, so to see the difference while I was there was very rewarding.”
Miss Hounsome will stage a photo exhibition of community development projects in Honduras in Northallerton Library from today (Wednesday, October 9) until Tuesday (October 15), to encourage young people to volunteer for Progressio.
She said she will also explain about the government-funded International Citizen Service scheme, which enabled her to volunteer and is open to volunteers aged 18-25 or group leaders aged over 23.
For details about volunteering overseas, visit progressio.org.uk/ics
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