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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Malaysia trip beckons for Workington student

A Workington student hopes to go to Malaysia for a year to teach English.

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JAILBREAK: Calvin Hodgson and his dad Tony plan their jailbreak exercise, part of raising funds for Calvin’s teaching year in Malaysia

And his dad is helping him to achieve his goal.

Calvin Hodgson, 18, of Elizabeth Street, plans to travel to the country in August with educational charity Project Trust.

The Cockermouth School sixth former, who hopes to become a teacher after university, has been selected for the trip to teach English to under-privileged children and communities.

He needs to raise £5,600 and has so far collected £3,200 thanks to support from J Edgar & Son, Dunmail Park, West Cumberland Lions Club, Workington Round Table, Gates Tyres, TMS Motor Spares and A&B Whitehaven, as well as neighbours who donated items towards a carboot sale and cake sale.

After Christmas, he plans to do bag packing at Asda and Morrisons as well as a jailbreak exercise with his dad, Tony, travelling as far from home as they can in 72 hours with no money.

Calvin, who works part time at J Edgar & Son and Sports Direct, said: “I hope my experiences teaching in Malaysia will be beneficial not only to my future students, but also to me and mainly to the children I will teach who would not usually have this opportunity.

“I’ll deliver their lessons, mark their homework and make sure they are doing the best they possibly can to help them succeed in the changing world.

“I have helped to teach two history classes in my school and help with a year seven form once a week so I already have experience teaching and working with young people, which I enjoy thoroughly.

“I have been overwhelmed at the generosity of my family, friends, workmates and local people, some of whom I didn’t even know just a few months ago.”

If you would like to help Calvin reach his £5,600 target, call him on 07794 608150.

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