A group of students are swapping books for bricks as they take part in a three-week aid trip to India.
Twelve pupils from Stowe School will take part in Project India volunteering to help build hospitals and orphanages as well as spending time teaching the children these projects will support.
Eighteen-year-old Hattie French, from Swanbourne, was inspired to get involved after the charity gave a presentation at the independent boarding school.
She said: “I am really looking forward to this exciting challenge. After visiting Tanzania last year, I knew I wanted to do something to help because after seeing the conditions these people live in I realised that we are all so privileged.”
Project India was set up in 2005 with the aim of providing equipment, skills and manpower to the people of southern India. The Stowe School group will travel to Tirunelveli at the end of July where they will work as a team with local craftsmen.
Hattie continued: “All the money I raise goes toward getting me on this trip so that I can help those who need it.”
Hattie, who hopes to study medicine following a gap year, is holding a spring party in Swanbourne to help raise the £2,000 needed to fund the trip. It will be held at Swanbourne Shoot Room, from 7.30pm on April 26. There will be live music from the Red Bullets and a fish and chip van.
Tickets, £10, from Mark Oldfield on 07703 254563.