"I want to be able to make a difference," said Smoot in anticipation of her trip. Smoot will leave for Ecuador May 4, and will spend three months in the country. Smoot first heard of the program through a family member. "My cousin went, and I always thought it would be really fun," said Smoot.
Later when a close friend signed up for the program, Smoot decided to volunteer as well.
Even though Aimee signed up after her friend, she will head out a month earlier.
The teen has always had a great love for children.
Smoot was employed with a day care, attended child development classes and tutored elementary children in the past couple of years. She also volunteered at South Davis Community Hospital.
Smoot is a Viewmont High graduate and attends UVSC.
She said she is excited and nervous to leave in a week.
The mission of OSSO is to do everything possible to help children living in orphanages and similar institutions to reach their full potential.
For more information check www.orphanagesup port.org.