Diane Parker, Partner and Head of Personal Injury at the firm will head to India next month in her role as a District Commissioner with the Girl Guides, where she will take part in two community projects.
After flying into New Delhi and having a few days to acclimatise, Diane and a party of colleagues from North East England Girl Guiding will drive up to the Himalayan town of Leh, where she will spend some time in a Tibetan school teaching the children, aged between 3 and 8 years, English as well as crafts and games.
From there Diane will then fly to Pune where she will work with the residents of a women’s refuge, many who are escaping from extreme poverty as well as violent or oppressive lives. The aim there will be to teach the women practical household skills, such as basic catering and housekeeping, which will give them the opportunity to find work in service or the hotel trade.
Diane said: “The idea of teaching someone how to iron or make a bed seems strange, but many of these young women will never have even seen a bed much less know how to make one.”
There will also be time during the trip for a visit to the Taj Mahal, white water rafting on the Ganges and trekking in the Himalayas.
Diane added: “I am really looking forward to the trip. Besides being able to help with the community projects, I will gain valuable experience which I hope will enable me to take parties of Girl Guides on international travel in the future.”