What I am doing :
On January 3rd, I am flying out to Cambodia to volunteer in an orphange for 6 weeks. This orphanage is full of children who have either lost their parents, been taken from abusive families, rescused from sex trafficking/ the sex trade, or abandoned by their parents because they could not afford to feed them. Whilst I am here, I am working full time to support the children's basic needs. From cooking to cleaning, teaching them English and providing full time support. The orphanage is a very basic build with little money and only little electricity used for cooking.
After my 6 weeks are finished, I plan to backpack the countries of Vietnam and Thailand. These are countries I have dreamed about going to ever since I was little. During the months of seeing these countries, I'll be spending the majority of the time travelling alone, which is a very scary thought. I am also planning to engage in another project in another location if I have enough funds. for this I am planning another community and conservation project in Sri Lanka where I would renovate old buildings, assisit conservation of sea turtles aswell as teach English.
Why I am doing it:
In July 2014, I took part in a community and conservation project in Peru. In a team of 16, I worked alongside the Amazonian community Yarina in river turtle rescue and conservation, palm tree replenishment and teaching English in the local school. This experience opened my eyes to how fortunate I am to have grown up in a stable country, where I am healthy and loved, and able to eat whatever I want whenever I want.
I want to give something back to the World that has given me so much. I'd be so grateful if anyone reading this could support me and any other individuals going out to do work like this. It is an overwhelming and expensive adventure with the mounting costs of flights, insurance, accomodation, food and vaccinations. I have learnt from previous travel experiences that the best way to see the World is to engage with the people within it and immerse yourself in their culture and ways of life.