A big-hearted teenager from Northwich is preparing to spend Christmas and New Year in Ghana on a volunteering project.

Sixteen-year-old Molly Archer will travel to the West African nation on December 19 to undertake a care and community work trip with volunteering organisation Projects Abroad.

Molly said she wanted to undertake such a challenge on the other side of the world to develop as a person and enable her to better appreciate the opportunities available to her.

Community activities

The two-week trip will see her visit an orphanage, help renovate a school, teach children and other activities to enhance the well-being of the community.

She will also be able to experience Ghana’s rich culture through drumming and cooking lessons, as well as a visit to Cape Coast.

Molly said: “I am extremely excited for everything that I will be doing on this project, especially learning about a new culture.

“However, what I am most excited for is to go to the orphanage to play with and teach the children as I love interacting with new people.

“I think that the children will be so welcoming which will make me feel like I really am making a difference to other people’s lives.”

The Grange School pupil held a cake sale for her classmates which raised £126 to purchase stationary, tennis balls and rackets which she will take with her for the children.

Of celebrating Christmas and New Year in Ghana, Molly added that experiencing a completely new culture will be ‘extremely fascinating’.

Projects Abroad director Peter Slowe said the people she will be working with are looking forward to meeting her and hoping she takes some photos of Cheshire along.