BIG-HEARTED youngsters from Hounslow and Zambia taking part in a voluntary exchange programme met Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod this week.
Nineteen young people, 11 from Zambia and eight from the UK, are involved in Global Xchange, which sees them volunteer in each other’s countries.
They arrived in the UK last month after 12 weeks in Choma, Zambia, where they worked to improved waste disposal and sanitation as well as increasing access to medicine.
In Hounslow, they will be working to help those with disabilities, young carers and the elderly, among others.
On Wednesday, they met Ms Macleod at Hounslow Youth Centre, in Kingsley Road, Hounslow, to discuss their experiences in Zambia and explain what they would be doing back in the UK.
As well as providing young people the chance to volunteer and learn new skills, Global Xchange was set up to help give them a taste of life in a different country.
The scheme is run by VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), the British Council and other partner organisations around the world.
Previous programmes have seen young people travel to help communities in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh, among other destinations.