Harpenden student set to teach English in Malaysia thanks to Rotary grant

PUBLISHED: 16:43 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:43 08 January 2019

Former St George's girl, Lottie Apsey, who will be teaching overseas.

Former St George's girl, Lottie Apsey, who will be teaching overseas.


A teenage girl is volunteering as an English teacher in Malaysia.

A Harpenden girl is flying out to Malaysia to volunteer as an English teacher at a secondary school.

The former St George’s School pupil, Lottie Apsey, has deferred going to Durham university to study biology to undertake this experience, which was arranged by the educational charity Project Trust.

Lottie, 19, raised the £5,500 needed to cover the flights, training, insurance, support and living costs by arranging a concert at school and a themed dinner.

The music concert was held in the library at her school and many of her friends entertained by playing instruments. They raised over £500 from ticket sales and a cake sale during the interval.

In addition to fundraising, Lottie has been working hard as a waitress and at Royal Mail to save for her trip.

The rest of the money was donated by charitable trusts.

She was awarded a grant of £500 from Rotary, Harpenden, which was doubled to £1,000 by means of a Rotary district matching grant.

The Pengkalan Chepa school in Kelantan where Lottie will be teaching is part of a junior college which specialises in teaching science.

Lottie is very excited to be spending her gap year in this way.

She said: “I’ve always been willing to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself and that’s what my eight months in Malaysia will mean.”

“I’ll have to learn a completely new language and get to grips with very different cultures, given the country’s mix of Malaysians, Chinese and Indians.”

“I’m sure it’s going to be a worthwhile experience for me. At the same time I’ll be helping the students to learn not just the English language but something of our culture.”

President of Harpenden Rotary, Liz Jack , said: “Rotary is an international organisation. Helping this remarkable young lady to learn about the world while contributing to it is precisely the sort of voluntary project we are keen to support.”

This is just one of the ways that Rotary supports people in the community.

For more information on Rotary Harpenden visit: www.tinyurl.com/ychoup6f

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