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October 15, 2019

The World Scout Jamboree happens once every 4 years and this was the biggest ever - a 10 day gathering of 40,000 scouts aged 14-17 from over 150 nations ALL on one vast campsite in West Virginia, USA.  The numbers sound enormous, but as there are over 28 million scouts...

September 24, 2019

So the biggest tip I can give anyone planning their gap year now is don’t be afraid to put down some roots for a while; the time will fly by (and I mean fly) and you will come back with far richer experiences having done more than skip through the main tourist attracti...

September 16, 2019

My plan to raise awareness of ideas in development in the hope of encouraging a fresh critical analysis of education was extremely motivating for my own action. In August 2019 I spent two weeks visiting a number of the 36 self-sustaining, community-led libraries known...

September 10, 2019

All in all, my time spent there teaching English and learning has changed me for the better in every way.  I decided to study philosophy which I was unsure about before Nepal and I still practice what I learned there and will continue to aspire to reach the peace I fel...

June 2, 2019

When planning my ‘Gap Year’ it was never a question of whether I would be volunteering, as it seemed to me like a no-brainer.  It is an amazing way to explore the world and different cultures. My questions instead lay in the specifics: where, how long, and who with?  L...

May 20, 2019

I have taken away so many things away from this amazing trip. It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Which sounds like a cliché, but it was. I became more confident in myself and more mature. It made me realise how lucky we are to be living with such great luxu...

April 6, 2019

For the three weeks I spent out in the Gunjur, Gambia, we worked on a project for the local women. We built a fence around a mango plantation to start a larger project for the women to work at a mango factory. The mango plantation was located a 20 minute walk away from...

April 6, 2019

The developing journey with the TTV initiative facilitated a truly life changing experience. After finishing the program, I am truly taken aback at how much my perspective of the world has shifted. It was during my time out in The Gambia where I could see the invaluabl...

April 2, 2019

The main part of the trip was the science teaching in the Sifoe Senior Secondary School.  This ran very smoothly and I was amazed about the knowledge of some of the students.  Some even taught me some science!  The students were keen to learn so much during the days we...

January 22, 2019

... clearly something about the Gambian experience opened something up within my writing.  While in England I'd struggled and hesitated for weeks just over the opening lines of my work, in Gunjur I could power through both of my pieces in a matter of days, from first d...

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