"Fighting poverty through volunteering" For the last four days, I've been shacked up in a hotel in the middle of nowhere with some of the most inspiring people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. If you're a regular follower of my blog, you'll have seen previously that I was selected to lead a team… Continue reading VSO Pre-Placement Training Day
VSO International - also know as Voluntary Service Overseas is an organisation whose main purpose is to fight poverty in many countries overseas. They do this by sending volunteers to communities in need, where they help to educate and inform, and make a positive difference. VSO volunteers aim to improve education, health and liveliness, and… Continue reading A Journey With VSO
The schools are shutting down for summer, the nights are getting longer and the kids are bored senseless. 2 months off school for the young ones presents a challenge to many a mother and father who still have to work throughout the summer. 'Back in the day', mum and dad brought me and my four… Continue reading Is My Name on the List?
Day Three Day three was the big one - the day of the final itself. The streets of Cardiff were awash with Juventus and Real Madrid fans, the footpaths congested and full of half and half scarf sellers. There were empty beer and cider cans everywhere you walked, with dozens of 'no open alcohol' signs.… Continue reading Volunteering at the 2017 Champions League Final – Part Three
Day Two After just a few hours sleep, I was up and ready to go again for my first volunteer shift. As a spectator services assistant, I had no stadium access so it was likely that I'd be plopped in the middle of nowhere in Cardiff, giving directions to people about a city I had… Continue reading Volunteering at the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final – Part Two
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about 30 things I'd like to do before I'm thirty. Last week, I ticked one of those off by volunteering at the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final. The trip to Cardiff was brilliant for so many reasons, but there are a few moments away from the football that… Continue reading Volunteering at the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final – Part One
'Be safe', mum always says. Whether it's nights out on the town, solo trips across the world or going to the shops, she always says, 'be safe'. I know my mother wishes nothing but happiness for me, but the fear of something happening to me when travelling is something that would cripple her with worry.… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Parents of Daughters who Long to Travel