Journey to Brazil is a dream come true for
NINETEEN-year-old Lisburn girl Beth Anderson
has just returned from a six month working in an orphanage in
one of the world's largest cities - Sao Paulo in Brazil.
The former Wallace High School student, who
received the Gillespie Gap Year Bursary from the school,
travelled with the Oasis Trust, a Christian Mission Charity.
She was based at an orphanage where she
taught English, Music and Drama to children and adults.
And it fulfilled a dream of Beth's to visit
"I first decided I wanted to work in Sao
Paulo when I was 14," she said. "I carried out quite a bit of
research and was delighted when Oasis Trust was able to offer me
Beth raised £4,000 through fundraising
activities and support from Lisburn Rotary Club. Time away from
family and friends was challenging yet exciting for Beth.
Day without my family was very difficult but thankfully all my
friends and family emailed me which made me less homesick.
"Taking a break from studying was refreshing
and it was amazing experiencing another culture. I was lucky
enough to live with a Brazilian family and thoroughly enjoyed my
time with them.
"Probably the most shocking thing for me was
seeing the huge disparity of wealth in the country. I worked in
Favelas, a shanty town area, but got the chance tů. visit
designer shopping malls where money was no object for some.
"It was quite upsetting to see people living
in the shanty towns without electricity or running water, yet
only a few miles away see extravagant consumerism."
Beth, who will be heading to Newcastle
University in September, would like to return to Brazil one day.