Sarah's helping hand in Africa

PUBLISHED: 10:02 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

AS a regular volunteer for a charity, Sarah Phillips knows exactly what it means to lend a hand. But she is taking her kindness one step further and has gone to offer help in Ethiopia for two months. The 35-year-old, of Digswell, flew out on Sunday to wor

AS a regular volunteer for a charity, Sarah Phillips knows exactly what it means to lend a hand.

But she is taking her kindness one step further and has gone to offer help in Ethiopia for two months.

The 35-year-old, of Digswell, flew out on Sunday to work in an orphanage looking after babies and toddlers, as well as teaching English to three- to six-year-olds.

Sarah is a mature student studying English language and communication at the University of Hertfordshire and hopes to use her experiences to write her final year project.

She organised her volunteer work with Projects Abroad, a group which specialises in sending people on such trips and will be staying with a host family while in Ethiopia.

Sarah told the WHT she knew she wanted to volunteer somewhere in Africa.

She said it was "between Ethiopia and Ghana", and chose the former as it tended to have fewer volunteers than its neighbour.

Sarah began volunteering for the Willow Foundation in June 2006 after her late husband Ken enjoyed a special day out through the Old Hatfield-based charity.

She added she found it "very rewarding".

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