Josh ready to ‘make a difference’ in Cambodia

Josh Gutierrez will soon be heading off to Cambodia where he will take part in a VSO project. Ref sh

Josh Gutierrez will soon be heading off to Cambodia where he will take part in a VSO project. Ref shs 7653-34-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

A university graduate has quit his job to go and help families in a struggling third world country.

Josh Gutierrez, from Sidmouth, will fly to Cambodia next month as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS).

The 21-year-old had been working in the charity sector since leaving university, but left his job to embark on the three-month project.

The politics and international research graduate will be working in a team to raise awareness about health, sanitation and waste management, as well as helping underprivileged communities develop farming techniques.

Josh is looking to raise £800 for Voluntary Services Overseas, a development charity that works with ICS.

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The former Sidmouth College pupil will also be teaching sexual health as 50 per cent of the country’s population is under 15 years-of-age.

Josh said: “I quit my job, you realise you are limited by how much you can do here [in the UK], but when you are out there you can do so much more. You learn about the culture and get to know the people.

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“It is part of International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed most.”

Cambodia is ranked as one of the 50 poorest countries in the world.

A quarter of its population was wiped out during the regime of Pol Pot in the 1970s.

To donate, visit Josh’s Justgiving page at or by texting donations up to £10 to VSOJ90 and your amount to 70070

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