A 17-year-old student at West London College studying Public Services, is to go to Gambia in Africa during February 2023 for two weeks, to help renovate school classrooms in a Gambian village.
Anna Hanvey, who moved from Harrogate in Yorkshire to London to study at West London College hopes to join the Metropolitan Police and become a detective. She hopes to secure a place on a police constable apprenticeship and work her way to the top at the Met. In her spare time, she is a police cadet.
Anna said: “As London is the capital city, most crime takes place here, so that’s where I feel I can do the most good.”
Anna is doing a Public Services Level 3 course at West London College which she says provides her with what is needed to get the career she is aiming for.
Anna added: “West London College has provided me with a range of skills, including: critical thinking, leadership skills, communication, teamwork, and a high level of personal fitness.”
She explained more about the trip: “My main motivation to go is to help the village children by painting the classrooms with other volunteers. I’ll also be taking part in some lessons, visiting families to cook meals with them and visiting markets and other venues to learn about Gambian culture.”
Anna’s tutor, Darren Morgan is helping to organise Anna’s college work so that she can complete her studies online while she is volunteering in Gambia.
Darren said: “This is a wonderful opportunity in personal development for Anna and in making a valuable contribution in Gambia.”
Anna has been fundraising the £800 needed for the trip which is taking place from February 14 2023 to February 28 2023.
Anna talking about her trip to Gambia