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Cornish Alice travels the globe for ShelterBox while studying for degree

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: June 16, 2013

Alice Jefferson in Kenya

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An undergraduate has been working full-time at a Cornish charity and travelling all over the world while studying for her degree.

Alice Jefferson, 23, from Truro, has visited Kenya, Beirut, the Phillippines and Texas as an operations co-ordinator at disaster relief organisation ShelterBox.

At the same time the student has been working towards her bachelor's degree in business enterprise at Cornwall College in Camborne.

The charity worker intially volunteered at the organisation's headquarters in Helston following a talk at her school on the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

"I became really interested in what the response team did but thought I would be too young to get involved with their work, so I decided to become a volunteer and before long I became completely hooked," she said.

After studying at Bath University the undergraduate successfully applied for an internship at the charity, which made her one of the youngest people in her role.

Now the 23-year-old travels all over the world and helps organise volunteer teams in disaster zones.

Bryan Mills, curriculum area manager and tutor, described her as an "inspiration".

"I'm always impressed with our students, with their dedication and hard work, but occasionally along comes one like Alice who really blows us away.

"She's been an inspiration to us all."

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