ANOTHER group of Morpeth teenagers are going down Mexico way to help people living in poverty.
Students at King Edward VI School are signing up to take part in the Youth With A Mission project, which is organised in the North East by the M10 organisation.
Among this year’s contingent are sixth formers Naomi Rogerson and Jonny Nisbet.
They are following in the footsteps of 16 youngsters from the Mitford Youth Group that did a range of activities during their trip to the Ensenada region of the country last year.
The 2012 itinerary for the 12 days in the same area includes building houses for a few struggling young families, organising workshops on the beach for local children such as sports, arts, music and a skate festival and a visit to a women’s rehabilitation centre.
Longhorsley resident Jonny, 17, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to get involved with what will be an fantastic experience and we will hopefully gain some valuable life skills while we are there.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a different part of the world and I’m sure it will open our eyes as we will experience poverty first hand.”
Each person going on the trip needs to contribute to the travel and accommodation costs and the duo are doing part-time work and holding fund-raising events and activities such as coffee mornings and bag-packing in Heighley Gate.
Naomi, 18, said: “A couple of my friends did this last year and they said it was an eye-opening experience because they didn’t realise how bad the situation could be in the poor areas of some countries.
“But they really enjoyed the results of the project, as it makes people’s lives a lot better.
“It’s great that we will be able to help some more families in need this summer and hopefully we will put a smile on the faces of local children when we do our beach events.”
The KEVI School Council has helped Naomi and Jonny’s fundraising efforts by giving them a cheque for £100.