A LIFE-changing trip to Thailand saw two teenagers from Belper face tough challenges when they worked at a local orphanage.
Beth Straw, 18, and Gita Lingam, 17, were among eighteen sixth formers from Derby High School who spent two weeks working at the Phaya Thai Babies home.
The duo, who were in Thailand for three weeks, had helped raise £1,000 before the trip to buy items such as toiletries and toys for the children at the orphanage.
Beth said the trip was exhausting but rewarding.
She said: “It was amazing. It was a great experience. At the orphanage we worked in we painted a bedroom ceiling with cartoon elephants. The children were really well cared for, it was a nice environment.
“There was one little boy, who must have been about four or five, and he was absolutely adorable. He had a really happy ending though and had been adopted and was going to live with his new family in France.
“It was a very different trip to what I’ve been on before. We played with the children, we were like portable climbing frames, it was really rewarding. When we walked in there was about 30 children in one room and there was just this rush of excitement when we walked in, it was very tiring but lots of fun as well.”
Gita said the rest and relaxation part of the trip was the perfect end to the trip.
She said: “There were many things to keep us occupied on the island including manicures, massages and henna tattoos. Before we knew it, it was time for us to pack our bags and head home.”
Colin Callaghan, head teacher at the school, said: “It was a great trip.
“It was very rewarding.”