A YOUNG woman is embarking on an expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to help the communities and the environment.
Angharad Stead, 18, from Johnstown, will be taking part in a variety of projects in some of the most underprivileged areas in the two countries to help the people and preserve the habitats and natural resources.
She will be carrying out the 10-week project in conjunction with the charity Raleigh International.
Angharad said: “I’m going on the expedition next year as part of my gap year.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Costa Rica has some vast disparities between the indigenous people and those who live in relatively well developed areas.
In sharp contrast to Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Many communities are facing extreme poverty and have few basic amenities such as clean water and safe sanitation.
As a volunteer with Raleigh International, Angharad will be living and working among these communities to improve health and educational services as well as helping to protect the countries’ natural environment.
Angharad will be taking part in the expedition next year but in order to do so she needs to raise more than £3,000 to pay for the trip.
To help raise money for Raleigh International there will be a Halloween party at the Cross Lanes pub in Marchwiel on November 1 at 7.30pm .
The cost of the evening is £10, which includes a fish supper, a disco, a fancy dress competition, a raffle and bring your own pumpkin.
Angharad said: “The money raised will go to the charity and everybody is welcome to come along and support.”
Raleigh International sends young people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds to Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Tanzania.
Volunteers work on sustainable and worthwhile community and environmental projects alongside young people from the host country and local skilled workers.
People can also donate by visiting www.justgiving. com/angharad-stead