INTREPID George Walker is getting ready for a year away from home, helping out at a Ghanan hospital.
The 18-year-old, who plans to become a doctor, is getting ready to jet out to Africa and receive some hands-on experience. As well as working on the wards of a local hospital, the Bentley Heath teenager will be travelling to see patients in rural areas and orphanages.
“I am already first aid trained, but I really want to become a doctor and this trip will give me valuable experience towards that,” he said.
“There about 100 times as many doctors here as there are in Ghana, but this will present a real challenge and will give me the opportunity to see tropical medicine.”
George is one of several intrepid students from the Sixth Form College, Solihull, who have set their sights on foreign climes.
While many of the A level students will be heading to jobs or university, a handful will be taking a gap year.
Tim Stewart and Joshua Close, both 18, are among the others travelling abroad.
Budding engineer Joshua will be heading out to Calcutta. Once there he will be helping youngsters learn basic English and working on building projects. His friend Tim will be travelling to Brazil and helping provide pre-school care to local children.
George, Tim and Joshua are three of the six students to receive a bursary from the college. The funding is made through the Terry Kitson Award for Services to the Community.