A young north-east school leaver is heading to Kenya to help with efforts to eradicate poverty.
After receiving her exam results, Megan Kemp, a former pupil at Oldmachar Academy, is setting her sights on the African country on the UK Government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
She will spend 10 weeks working with other young volunteers to contribute towards tackling poverty.
Megan said: “I have wanted to volunteer overseas and have been interested in travel since I was about 15.
“Taking a gap year between school and university feels like the perfect time for me to go for it.
“I really want to use my time to help people and make someone’s life a little bit better.
“I also think this is a great chance for me to develop new skills and experience a different way of life.”
The ICS allows 15 to 18-year-olds to gain different skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management while experiencing another culture.
Megan joins more than 1,100 young people from across Scotland who have volunteered overseas with ICS since 2012.
Felicity Morgan, director of ICS at VSO, said: “Our volunteers can be sure that they’re contributing towards tackling global poverty and supporting people living on the margins of society.”