Peter takes on African adventure

Peter Booth
Peter Booth

A HEPSCOTT teenager will be helping a school community on his African adventure.

Peter Booth is heading out to Kenya in January for five months as part of his gap year and he will be based at rural schools.

As well as teaching English and doing some sports coaching with groups of children, he will be carrying out manual work such as painting and repairs.

The 18-year-old secured the position with the Africa & Asia Venture (AV) organisation after making an online application.

“I chose five months rather than the three-week option because I wanted to spend a major amount of time helping people who are less fortunate and living somewhere completely different to home,” said Peter.

“It has been my ambition to go to Africa since I was little, especially as my mum was born in Nigeria, so I was always going to choose that continent.

“I picked Kenya or Tanzania as it gives me the option of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during my one month of free time.

“After I submitted my application, someone from AV called me for an interview. The person made it very relaxed, which helped me to say what I wanted to say. I was thrilled when I got the okay to go on the trip and I can’t wait to get out there.”

He is now planning fundraising events and activities and looking for work to help pay the costs of the trip, including travel, accommodation, food and medical checks, which will be around £4,000. Peter is willing to do odd jobs for people in their home or garden.

The former King Edward VI School student will find out his A Level results today. One of his subjects was photography.

Peter said: “I really enjoyed the photography course and I want to make a career out of it.

“I’ve taken pictures across Northumberland, although my favourite one so far was of some blue tits that were in a bird feeder in my garden.

“My main area of interest is wildlife and outdoors so my free time in Kenya will be an ideal place to build up my portfolio.”

He will also take a video camera with him to make a documentary of his time in Africa. Anyone who would like to donate or has a job for Peter can contact him by email at booth93@