Rainworth teen to help beat poverty in Dominican Republic

NMAC12-0029-3''Jodie Fothergill who will be spending a year in the Dominican Republic teaching English
NMAC12-0029-3''Jodie Fothergill who will be spending a year in the Dominican Republic teaching English

A TEENAGER is swapping Rainworth for the Caribbean on a year-long adventure she hopes will help beat poverty.

Jodie Fothergill (17) will fly out to the Dominican Republic in August.

But it won’t just be a beach break as the languages enthusiast will give lessons for free to school children as part of a charity’s drive to improve education.

A former pupil of the Joseph Whitaker School in the village, Jodie’s placement has been planned by Project Trust, a charity which arranges volunteer placements abroad.

“I decided to go there because it’s a country that isn’t really focused on and which has got quite a lot of poverty,” said Jodie.

“English teachers there don’t have the same skills native speakers can bring and learning English is important there because many of the jobs are related to tourism.”

Jodie, currently a year 13 pupil at Bilborough College, Nottingham, will work with the charity COPA to teach primary school children and carry out other work in a rural part of the Barahona area of the country, before returning home to go to university.

The Dominican Republic lies next to Haiti, which suffered a catastrophic earthquake in 2010, driving thousands of refugees over the border.

Around 40 per cent of people in the country live below the poverty line.

Jodie, who is learning Spanish as part of an International Baccalaureate, is due to leave in August but will need to raise around £5,000 towards the trip and is planning events to generate cash.

Added Jodie: “The trip won’t just help me; it will help children to gain experience with a native English speaker and will give them extra help in the long-run to gain employment.”

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