The diaries of a young ENGLISH woman thrown in the deep end at a remote bush school in one of the poorest parts of South Africa.

23-year-old Shrewsbury graduate Ruth Charlton went to teach in one of the most remote bush school in the Limpopo Province of South Africa for three months - but stayed for twelve.

Her vividly written dairies and letters home chronicle a year of her class's progress and her own journey from the naivety of an innocent abroad to a woman drawn into the complexities of modern South Africa.


The second of three radio diaries by volunteer teacher Ruth Charlton as she continues her year in a remote Bush School in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. She's making good progress with her six-year-old Northern Sotho speaking pupils. But how do you introduce them to the subject of AIDS; and why can't her Afrikaans boyfriend understand her dedication to her black pupils?

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"At the end of her year at a remote Bush School in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, volunteer teacher Ruth Charlton's big dream finally comes true.

She's raised enough money to take 17 of her poorest black pupils on the trip of a lifetime."