Katie Ingham has jetted off to Namibia to become a volunteer teacher for a year.
The former Brighouse High School student will be teaching as well as being responsible for the library, running after-school clubs, and helping look after around 120 boarders in the hostel.
The 18-year-old raised more than £5,400 for her trip with Project Trust. She organised cake stalls, a Halloween party, charity dinners and murder mystery nights.
She received a donation from Charitable Trust, worked as a lifeguard and organised a coffee morning. Her sister Claire joined her in a sponsored 50km cycle.
Katie who lives in Shelf was still short and while studying for her A Levels at North Halifax Grammar School she supplied year 11 pupils with hoodies and pupils going on two school visits. A generous donation from Hazel’s Footprints Trust brought her to £5,400.26.
“I just want to say a massive thank you to all who have supported me, from encouragement and spreading the word in the beginning to sticking with me throughout the year.
“Most of all I would like to thank my brilliant sister who has shown non-stop support for me and my crazy adventure.”
She added: “The call from Project Trust to tell me I would be going to Namibia brought a mix of emotions. I had been preparing myself to go to Uganda, and the news of this not happening stopped me in my tracks. But the new project in Namibia sounds brilliant.
“I’m definitely up for the challenge. I can’t wait to get out there and meet all the children, but it seems surreal that I will be standing at the front of a classroom taking the lesson. This is quite a scary prospect but I think something that I will become more comfortable with over time.”