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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

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...

January 14, 2019

I spent an incomparable week in a beautiful country, but more than that I believe that now I am a more open person. The friendliness of the Gambian culture is infectious, and I hope to bring some of that back with me to the UK, where our society could certainly benefit...

January 7, 2019

The Gunjur - Gambia. 7 - 21 August

In the summer of 2018, the Kempson Rosedale Enterprise Trust helped me reach my goal, my goal was to experience a community unlike mine, and to offer teachings within. 

On arrival to the small village of Gunjur, I was apprehensive; I so...

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