Rachael heads off to volunteer in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Memory Lane
Costa Rica Memory Lane

A HISTORY graduate from Nether Heage is pictured accepting a grant from the John Weston Charitable Trust to help her volunteer in Costa Rica.

Rachael Wickham, who was aged 22 at the time of the photograph in 2003, was set to spend three months working as a volunteer in a Costa Rican national park.

The Trust gave her a cheque to put towards her costs.

Rachael, a graduate of Sheffield University, was planning to use her experience in the Central American republic to help plan a career in conservation.

She is pictured with Trustee Brian Keates, who presented her grant in a Derbyshire ‘jungle’!

Also, Alexandra Copestake, then aged 19, of Cubley, near Ashbourne, was set to embark on the same experience. For her it was part of a gap year that also included teaching English in Shanghai, before returning to read politics and economics at Edinburgh University.

Do you know Rachael or Alexandra? Are are you Rachael or Alexandra?

We would love to know what the pair are up to now.

Did Rachael get a career in conservation?

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