A DUDLEY woman who spent six months volunteering in Tanzania is encouraging others to get involved and make a difference.

Kind-hearted Kayleigh Bernard has recently returned from her African adventure, volunteering with Raleigh International as part of its International Citizens Service programme.

During her time abroad, she led a team that helped to construct toilets at a primary school and medial centre, assisted with school lessons and set up various support groups within the community.

"Living with no electricity and very little water, far away from home comforts was a massive challenge," she said.

"But I kept in mind the reason that I had decided to volunteer in the first place and persevered."

The 28-year-old continued: "Making a change, no matter how big or small, I feel, is important and I strongly feel that my team was able to make a difference with the work that we did."

Kayleigh, who is a support worker at a residential home for disabled children, is keen to go overseas and volunteer again on a similar project.

She added: "My overall experience is hard to sum up in words but I can say that I would recommend that anyone should take advantage of this unique opportunity.

"I am now trying to raise awareness of the importance of the work that these charities do and hope more people will volunteer in the future."

To follow in Kayleigh's footsteps, visit raleighinternational.org.